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Call Me Karizma, Boy On A Bike, and more of this week’s Minnesota music releases

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Call Me Karizma: Loser

Call Me Karizma is a local artist with a growing and enormously devoted national following. The young rapper, a.k.a. Morgan Parriott, bridges the musical gap between Corbin and Owl City, with an appealing and relatable sound built on sincere lyrics and pop-inspired arrangements with a sheen of lo-fi atmospherics. He’ll release his new album on Saturday at the Garage.

Boy On A Bike: Hearts & Flowers

“We want to make you dance, laugh, cry, high five, hug, smile, sing, party, feel positive, feel good, feel anything,” write the Minneapolis trio Boy On A Bike. Fans of affirmative pop-rock groups like Say Anything will do any and all of the above when they hear anthems like “Locket” from Boy On A Bike’s new album Hearts & Flowers. The album drops on Friday; on Saturday night Boy On A Bike will play a release show at the Fallout Urban Art Center with support from Clementine and whosah. The cover is just one single dollar — and the first 20 fans in the door get a free copy of the album.

Sarah Kallies: North

The daughter of missionaries, singer Sarah Kallies had a globe-trotting youth, but she’s now settled in Minneapolis, where she’ll celebrate the recent release of her third album North with an early-evening show on Sunday at Icehouse. Kallies’s richly produced songs have evocative lyrics — as you’d expect from a woman who’s also a public speaker and a blogger (sample real talk: “Your Instagram life is a lie”).

Loop Line: Wakes

Trufans of the Postal Service know that their name was inspired by the way their album was created — with tapes being mailed back and forth between Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello. The same principle applies for Loop Line, whose two members are split between Minneapolis and Phoenix, and collaborate via the Internet. The Wakes EP, a follow-up to their 2014 album Tides, comes out on Friday, and their harmony-rich electropop will help tide you over until Brian Wilson brings Pet Sounds to town.