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Tickle Torture, Hollow Boys, and more: This week’s Minnesota record releases

Tickle Torture. Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR.

Tickle Torture: “Would I Love You”

Minneapolis provocateur Tickle Torture described his sound to Noisey as “like Prince and Justin Timberlake [copulating] in a dumpster.” He’s readying a sophomore EP, Spectrophilia, for release this fall; in the meantime, he’s released “Would I Love You,” a single and video that capture the late-summer heat that’s been missing from our weather lately. Read Andrea Swensson’s 2013 profile of the man born Elliot Kozel.

Doug Otto and Hurricane Harold: Blues at Barkin’ Jack’s

Seasoned Twin Cities blues player Hurricane Harold has teamed up with his younger counterpart Doug Otto to release Blues At Barkin’ Jack’s. These two have put this old Delta-blues-influenced record out completely independently. The duo is nothing but Otto’s bouncy blues guitar riffs and Hurricane Harold’s soothing voice, accompanied by his harmonica. The CD release show will take place tomorrow at Northeast Minneapolis staple the 331 Club.

Hollow Boys: Believe in Nothing

Ali Jaafar and his band Hollow Boys are back with their second full length, Believe In Nothing. The avant-rock group return with a more aggressive sound on the single “Melted.” The new single has a dark vibe to it, with eerie guitar riffs behind the repetitious distorted riff that plays throughout the song. The added horns and Jaafar’s vocals evoke a tinge of regret mixed with happiness as well. They will be celebrating the August 5 release date this Saturday at the Eagles Club 34. The band will also play an all-ages release show at Hymie’s on August 9. Also on Local Current, read about Jaafar’s Ecstattic Studio.

New Space: Moon Rock Vol. 1

Sound Verite Records is dropping a mix CD, New Space: Moon Rock Vol. 1. The press release says, “Moon Rock Vol. 1 is mixed by DJ Just Nine and features Sound Verite’s look at what’s happening in Minneapolis in 2014, with an eye toward the future.” The release show is this Friday at First Avenue. The show will showcase a variety of artists from the mix such as Greg Grease, Shiro Dame, Allan Kingdom, and tiny deaths. Two hundred copies of the mix CD will be handed out at the show.

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.