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Allan Kingdom, the Jayhawks, Owl City, Cavalier Crooks: This week’s Minnesota record releases

Allan Kingdom. Photo by Jason Swanson.

Allan Kingdom: Future Memoirs

With little warning, over the weekend Allan Kingdom decided to drop his new record Future Memoirs. The album features intricate rhymes, catchy hooks, and great features—including Internet mystery Spooky Black on the track “Wavey” and some production work from Ryan Olson (Poliça, GAYNGS, Marijuana Deathsquads). No release show has yet been announced.

The Jayhawks: Sound of LiesSmile, and Rainy Day Music reissues

Jayhawks fans should be happy to hear they can get their hands on re-issues of Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music today. All the albums were re-mastered by Vic Anesini and come with new bonus tracks, photos, and liner notes. (If you have your eyes set on a vinyl copy, you will have to wait until August 5.) Listen to the Current’s Dave Campbell talk with the Jayhawks’ Gary Louris and archivist PD Larson about the period that produced these three distinctive albums in the band’s oeuvre, and see the Sound-of-Lies-era lineup at First Avenue on September 5 and 6.

Owl City: Ultraviolet

Electronic pop songwriter and producer Adam Young, a.k.a. Owl City, released his new EP Ultraviolet this past Friday. The four-track EP includes his uplifting new single “Beautiful Times,” featuring violinist Lindsey Stirling. Currently Young is playing a few shows in Japan, but keep your eyes open for the next home-state show by the Owatonna native who’s released the two best-selling Minnesota singles of all time.

Cavalier Crooks: Mojo

Cavalier Crooks drop their newest EP Mojo today by way of Dead Letter Records. The Cavalier Crooks play their own brand of southern rock; for the new release, they also had their own way of doing things. The EP was recorded in front of a small audience of 20 people, and the energy and emotion of the live session can be heard on the record. Mojo is full of soulful vocals sailing above warm Southern riffs, with grooves to match. The band played a release show this past Friday at what they call their “home venue,” the soon-to-be-shuttered Cause Spirits and Soundbar.

Aaron Bolton is a senior at the University of Minnesota. Currently he writes for growyourflow.com and is the music reporter at Radio K. He hopes to continue a career in music journalism.