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Frankie Teardrop, Davina and the Vagabonds, JE Sunde, Trampled By Turtles: This week’s Minnesota record releases

Frankie Teardrop performs in the Current's studios. Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR.

Frankie Teardrop: Raiders

Frankie Teardrop has built some buzz since the release of Tough Guy nine months ago. The garage rocker and his band continue to justify the hype with the release of their Raiders EP today. Frankie made some odd claims during Dave Campbell’s interview during their recent in-studio, saying he “crawled out of a sewer pipe” and was not born into this world. Odd as he may be, Frankie and his band know how to put on a show and proved it by packing the 7th Street Entry this past Sunday for the EP release show.

Davina and the Vagabonds: Sunshine

Classic jazz and blues quintet Davina and the Vegabonds are back with their third full-length, Sunshine, hitting shelves today. Davina’s voice is stronger than ever and the whole band delivers their signature sound. The busily-touring band won’t be back in town until the 25th, but you’ll be able to catch them when they return: they have 15 Minnesota shows currently booked. Read frontwoman Davina Sowers’s recent interview with Austin Gerth.

JE Sunde: Shapes That Kiss the Lips of God

The Daredevil Christopher Wright’s Jonathan Sunde has gone solo as JE Sunde. Sunde told Paste that he hadn’t even thought about doing a solo project until The Daredevil Christopher Wright decided to take a break. He looked at all the songs he had compiled and decided to drop his debut solo project, Shapes That Kiss The Lips Of God. The full-length album is being released on Cartouche Records today.

Trampled By Turtles: Wild Animals

Minnesota favorite Trampled by Turtles are releasing their seventh studio album today. Produced by fellow Duluthian Alan Sparhawk of Low, Wild Animals shows that TBT are still not your average bluegrass band. “Don’t fear the banjo,” writes the Current’s Bill DeVille, dispelling roots-music stereotypes in his review of the album. “If you are a fan of well-crafted songs with a rootsy sound, Wild Animals belongs in your collection.” The band played the album in its entirety last week at the Cedar Cultural Center, and you can hear the whole performance streaming on our site now—or hear the studio version here.

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.