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Doomtree, Bad Plus, Botzy, and more Minnesota music (and book) releases this week

Dessa unwraps a copy of the new Doomtree book. Photo via Doomtree on Facebook.

Doomtree: Every Single Day

Doomtree always seem to have their hands in everything—and why shouldn’t they? With seven members working both as a group and solo, it’s hard to keep up with this hard-working hip-hop crew. The crew’s newest endeavor has landed them in publishing. The new release, Every Single Day, is a 500-page full-color Doomtree history book. There are only 1,500 in existence so seize the opportunity to snag a copy—either via Doomtree’s website or, while supplies last, at our State Fair booth. Members of Doomtree will be appearing at MPR’s Minnesota State Fair booth today through Thursday, and the whole collective will be performing at the Grandstand on Saturday as part of the MN Music-on-a-Stick showcase. (Aaron Bolton)

The Bad Plus: Inevitable Western

The Bad Plus could be called a jazz trio, but their music bends and defies that definition. From their cover of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” to their performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, the trio continue to explore where jazz can go.  Their newest record, Inevitable Western, the group’s tenth album, features nine original compositions. Just about every major media outlet in the country has given them praise, so they just might please your sonic palate even if you’re a not a jazz enthusiast. Hear the title track on SoundCloud(Aaron Bolton)

What Tyrants: “Hangin’ Out in Havana” 7″

What Tyrants release their debut 7″ today. “Hangin’ Out in Havana” screams garage rock with its fuzzy guitars and funky bass lines. The power trio—featuring brothers Sean and Kyle Schultz on guitar/vocals and drums, respectively, along with Black Diet’s Garrison Grouse on bass—will be at the 7th Street Entry tonight accompanied by the Shakin’ Babies, Little Man, and Tree Blood. (Aaron Bolton)

Botzy: I’ll Be Underground When I’m Dead (Vol. 1)

The former ska emcee of Culture Cry Wolf, Botzy has been transforming ever since the band’s breakup. Starting with his first solo endeavor, Buck Fotzy, and his now-banned £¡bel release, each project is unique. His style continues its transformation on his I’ll Be Underground When I’m Dead (Vol. 1) , a mixtape dropping today. The most interesting change-up is his remix of Mother Mother’s “Infinitesimal.” Botzy can be and has been upbeat, but not like this. This pop remix just goes to show, you can’t box this man in. He will be having his birthday bash at the 7th Street Entry this Friday. (Aaron Bolton)

Saving Vinyl City: The Weekend EP

Saving Vinyl City are a fun, pop-friendly ensemble who will burst onto the 7th Street Entry stage this Thursday, August 28, to release their new EP The Weekend. “SVC and its members’ heart, in all of what they do,” write the band on their Facebook page, “is to honor God and be a light to ALL the people he loves. And with love at the center of God’s nature Saving Vinyl City writes music that delves into the complex, wild, fun, and sometimes sad whirlwind that is love in all its forms.” (Jay Gabler)

Hope Country: Water, Land, & Sky

The new album by Hope Country is out today, and Wisconsin native Brent Johnson’s Americana project will celebrate the album’s release on Saturday at the Entry. Of special note to indie rock fans: two songs on the album were co-written with Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional. (Jay Gabler)

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. Jay Gabler is a digital producer at the Current.