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Bon Iver, Lowland Lakers, and more of this week’s new local music releases

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Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver’s 2007 debut album isn’t exactly a new release — but check out the nifty gold cassette tape that’s been newly released as an exclusive through Newbury Comics. The tape is limited to a release of 500; it will make a good soundtrack for your pilgrimage to Eaux Claires this summer.

The Lowland Lakers: The Mississippi is Between Us Now

The Lowland Lakers have been making music together for several years, and now the folk trio are celebrating the release of their debut album. Recorded on tape (sensing a theme this week?) at the Barn in Northfield, The Mississippi is Between Us Now is out now; the band will be at the Dakota on Friday for a release show. Above, check out the video for their single “Time to Move Along,” shot on Nicollet Island in their hometown of Minneapolis.

The New Granadas: The New Granadas

“Ghost” is a crunchy slice of power pop from an EP that Minneapolis band the New Granadas will be releasing Thursday with a Turf Club show featuring rocking kindred spirits Little Man and Sleep Study.

J Eastman and the Drunk Uncles: No Capo Required

J Eastman and the Drunk Uncles make music about substances (“Not the Liquor,” “Drink to Myself,” “Lack of Medication”), relationships (“Josephine,” “Phone Sex”), and John Tesh (“John Tesh”). These roots rockers evoke Uncle Tupelo, and claim to have “climbed to the bottom of the Minneapolis indie rock scene.” Unpretentiousness is always a good look, and you can take a good listen when the dudes drop their new album on Friday at the Driftwood Char Bar.

SPICE: Empower

Straight outta Hastings, SPICE is a young rapper with a message of empowerment and social justice. He’ll be at the Entry on Thursday to drop his Empower EP as part of a packed bill that also includes Blue Green, North Star Wisdom, and Will Robinson.

Circular Mercury: Different Conditions

What other shape would Mercury be? If you have to ask, you’ll never know. Electro-rockers from the Capital City, Circular Mercury suggest an Oasis gone psychedelic. On Thursday, they’ll take the stage at Bedlam Lowertown to play their new Different Conditions album (unlike Bon Iver, they’re not going to wait nine years to release a cassette) with opening sets by Swimsuit Area and Principality.