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Sonny Knight and the Lakers, Bae Tigre, Paul Spring, and Nice Beaches: This week’s Minnesota record releases

Sonny Knight and the Lakers: Do It Live

Sonny Knight and the Lakers most definitely have musical prowess. Have you heard them play live since their release I’m Still Here? If you haven’t you, now can every day if you’d like with their new Do It Live release. Recorded during four shows at the Dakota Jazz Club in two nights, the album features “Sugar Man,” “I’m Still Here Pt 2,” and “Juicy Lucy” among other strong tracks from their successful debut album. The first 300 copies come in limited-edition orange vinyl.

Bae Tigre: Perennial Bygones

Bae Tigre is quickly following up her Memoir of a Happy Drifting Chemical release with her new seven-track Perennial Bygones EP. The lead single “I’m A Tigre” is a real look through the eyes of Ranelle Johnson: her experiences as Bae Tigre, being a woman, and how that mashes with her music career. If this electropop artist showed us anything last time around, it’s that her songs are well-crafted. “I’m A Tigre” solidifies that. She will be at the Cedar on Aug. 15 and Perennial Bygones drops today.

Paul Spring: Towards a Center

Paul Spring’s new effort Towards a Center is one of those albums that can keep you company. It’s as if Spring had his nylon-stringed guitar on his knee in your bedroom, just playing away. Spring will be at Bedlam Lowertown on Aug. 8 before heading out to the Northwest, so catch him if you can—or just hang out with him by listening to Towards a Center.

Nice Beaches: Vacate

They’re a little rock ‘n’ roll—mixed with a number of funky, twangy, and upbeat turns you may not expect. They’re Nice Beaches and are somewhat of a musical roller-coaster. The group dropped their new album Vacate last Saturday at the Kitty Cat Klub. No tracks have made their way online, but “Make Magic” can give you a taste in the mean time.

Aaron Bolton is a senior at the University of Minnesota. Currently he is a co-host on Radio K’s Off The Record and is the music reporter at Radio K. He hopes to continue a career in music journalism.