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Ashley DuBose, AATS, Dividing Eden, Steve Noonan: This week’s Minnesota record releases

Ashley DuBose: Be You

Ashley DuBose is looking to make a big splash with her sophomore release Be You, and it seems likely she’ll succeed. The St. Paul singer’s most prominent calling card is still her stint on The Voice, but that might become more of a footnote as DuBose’s footprint on the local music scene grows. Be You is a varied and crisply produced album that’s aptly timed for a March 10 release—just as spring temperatures are set to soar. First single “Ride” features a guest turn by Rocky Diamonds; also guesting on the album are BDotCroc and Lexii Alijai. DuBose will play a release show Saturday night at Bedlam Lowertown, with support from Maria Isa and several other guests.

AATS: Cloak & Dagger remix EP

AATS is the new, more concise moniker for the electro-pop artist formerly known as Aaron and the Sea—maybe because when you Google “Aaron and the Sea,” you get a boating program specialist at the University of Washington. “Cloak and Dagger” finds AATC taking a turn towards electronica, and for a deeper dive, on the new EP you can listen to remixes of the track by producers including Mark McGee (RONiiA, Marijuana Deathsquads). The EP is out now as a free download, and a release show is taking place Saturday night at the Kitty Cat Klub with Votel, UMAMI, and other guests to be announced.

Dividing Eden: Here Comes the Water

Dividing Eden captured the surging sounds of their debut EP Here Comes the Water at Terrarium Studios in Northeast Minneapolis. They specialize in unapologetic, sing-along-at-the-top-of-your-voice-and-bang-your-hands-on-the-steering-wheel mainstream rock with an electronic twist; check them out if your favorite playlist includes Paramore and you don’t consider Journey a guilty pleasure. They’re playing a release show Saturday night at the Fine Line with Going to the Sun, Pasadena ’68, and the Attley Project; sample the EP’s title track at ReverbNation.

Steve Noonan: I Could Be Anywhere

Veteran Minneapolis songsmith Steve Noonan (not to be confused with the California singer-songwriter of the same name) released his eight-song album I Could Be Anywhere last weekend. The album’s bright rock, driven by Noonan’s 12-string axe, was recorded in Nashville and Minneapolis with musicians including New Power Generation keyboardist Tommy Barbarella; among Noonan’s credits is working as a recording engineer with Prince. Noonan’s next live gig is a Thursday night show at Excelsior Brewing.