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Friday Five: Jose James pays tribute to Lou Reed, Haley Bonar previews new record

All signs point to Haley Bonar's new album pushing the songwriter in a bold new direction (Photo by Dan Huiting)

Happy Friday! Here’s your latest batch of Minnesota music videos, starting off with Minneapolis’s own José James paying tribute to Lou Reed with a band of co-conspirators in NYC. Enjoy, and hope to see you at one of the many great shows happening in the Twin Cities this weekend.

José James pays tribute to Lou Reed

With news of Lou Reed’s death still stinging the souls of music fans around the world, José James teamed up with friends Solomon Dorsey, Brad Williams, and Richard Spaven for a fuzzed-out cover of the Velvet Underground’s “Who Loves the Sun” that shows off James’ one-of-a-kind voice.

Haley Bonar teases new album

Well, my excitement for Haley Bonar’s new album (due out next year) just rose 110 percent, thanks to this teaser video from Dan Huiting…

Caroline Smith turns up the heat

Caroline Smith and her band stopped by the Audiotree studios while out on tour supporting her new album and recorded a six-track session and interview (download the full thing here). The hottest performance by far is her wrenching ballad “Half About Being a Woman,” which shows off Smith’s own singing chops and highlights the power of her two backing singers, Hannah von der Hoff and Ayo Awosika.

Christina Sophia makes her debut

Promising new R&B artist Christina Sophia is getting ready to release her debut album, Self-Entitled, and offered up this first taste as part of Adam J. Dunn’s ongoing #LAAB series.

Psymun and K.Raydio stop by Radio K

Everything I see and hear related to Psymun and K.Raydio gets me more and more excited for their debut EP, LucidDreamingSkylines. More please.