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Black Diet, Alpha Consumer, Little Man, and more Minnesota record releases this week

Alpha Consumer: Meat On their first release with fearless local powerhouse Totally Gross National Product—home to Lizzo, Poliça, and Marijuana Deathsquads—three-piece rock outfit Alpha Consumer present Meat, a dark, retro-futuristic full-length, out today. The record sounds a bit like 80s art rock for a new generation, with lyrical themes relating to mental health and overmedication. Imagine if […]

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MaLLy, Pert Near Sandstone, Mystery Date: This week’s Minnesota record releases

Pert Near Sandstone: The Hardest Part of Leaving Minnesota roots rockers have been a productive bunch as of late, and now, bluegrass big shots Pert Near Sandstone are upon their release of their sixth studio album, The Hardest Part of Leaving, a richly developed follow-up to 2011’s well-received Paradise Hop. For the album, the band have added cajun fiddle, swing piano, and […]

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Dead Pigeons, Lowest Pair, Benny K, Vernon Dixon: This week’s Minnesota record releases

The Dead Pigeons: Even if I Knew Tuesday night fixtures at Harriet Brewing, West Bank folk rockers the Dead Pigeons specialize in a back-to-basics breed of Americana. The group is led by Drew Peterson, formerly of 40WattBulb, who has historically been a supporter of big-time Minnesota folk and bluegrass acts like Charlie Parr and Trampled by […]

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Howler, Nathan Eliot, Better Bones: This week’s Minnesota record releases

Howler: World of Joy From the sound of their second full-length album, you’d think that Howler spent the last two years—since their debut America Give Up—locked in a one-room apartment in England, subsisting on nothing but records by the Replacements and the Smiths. Appropriate, considering Howler’s Twin Cities roots (despite their ambiguous feelings about those roots) and the […]

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Ecstattic compilation, Fire in the Northern Firs, and more Minnesota record releases this week

Jake Ilika and the Heavy Set: Jake Ilika and the Heavy Set EP An experienced and multi-talented musician hailing from Winona, Jake Ilika’s live act ranges from intimate solo sets to expansive performances with his band, the Heavy Set. With the band, Ilika presents six gorgeous, thoughtful songs on the Heavy Set’s debut EP, out March 21. […]

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Prince and Zooey Deschanel release “New Girl” duet

At the end of Prince’s surprisingly endearing post-Super-Bowl guest turn on Zooey Deschanel’s hit sitcom New Girl, he invited Deschanel’s character Jess to join him onstage—with her pals—for a duet performance of a new song that asks the musical question, “Don’t (don’t), don’t you wanna (don’t you wanna), wanna fall in love tonight?” To add […]

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