Manganista will debut their new single “Old Grey” on Friday, March 2, at the Ruby Room. “Manga has been on hiatus for the past three years due to our bass player moving to the Middle East, my fourth and final baby being born, and exploration of other projects,” says bandleader Matt Rhea, who promises more new music from the band. “We’re not sure how long this run will last, but we’ll keep on going as long as it remains fun and fresh.”
Also on March 2, jazz quartet Third Story (double bassist Danny Weller, guitarist Jeff Miles, pianist Joshua White, and L.A. drummer Jens Kuross) play a release party for their debut full-length at 98 Bottles in Little Italy. Weller produced and recorded the self-titled project at his family’s local studio.
Delta Spirit’s third full-length debuts March 13 via Rounder/Concord Records, after which a North American tour begins at Webster Hall in NYC (March 19), wrapping up 30 dates later at the Fillmore in San Francisco. The self-titled affair was produced by Chris Coady (Grizzly Bear, TV on the Radio).
Anya Marina’s third full-length, Felony Flats, is due March 13, featuring guest players Cody Votolato (Blood Brothers), Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse), and Eric Earley (Blitzen Trapper). “At shows, I’ll have a limited edition hand-stamped copy of the album for sale,” says Marina, “with ten prize certificates hidden among the albums, which will be your golden ticket to a sweet prize pack of T-shirts, concert tickets, and other goodies.”
A five-song EP from Incomplete Neighbor, Flowers and Dinosaurs, drops March 15, featuring their current lineup as a trio. A northwest tour starts in early April. The same day will see a new multiguitarist project from Wayne Riker called Guitar Decathlon, featuring guest players Laura Chavez, Jimmy Patton, Andy Tirpak, Dan Papaila, Robin Henkel, Mike Pfahler, Jim Soldi, Peter Sprague, Tony Tomlinson, Fred Benedetti, and others.
On March 24, fiddle rockers Lexington Field play a release party for their EP Poor Troubled Life at the Ruby Room. Minnesota-based label New Folk Records (Paddy O’Brien, Hounds of Finn) is also doing a national rerelease of their full-length Old Dirt Road.
Coffeehouse troubadour Lee Coulter’s full-length Mr. Positivity debuts March 27 at the Belly Up. According to Coulter, “The album is about the physical manifestation of my ongoing battle between the creative and the rational.”