It’s been another hectic week for Minnesota music — and the “busy season” for CD-releases and shows is just starting to rev up. Here are five items that deserve to be on your radar as we head into the weekend:
1. Get Cryphy celebrates 4th anniversary
What started as a monthly gig in First Ave’s Record Room has boomed into a wildly popular dance night, and tonight Get Cryphy DJs Plain Ole Bill, Jimmy2times, Last Word, and DJ Fundo move into the Mainroom to celebrate four years of fun. In anticipation of tonight’s bash, they also unleashed a four-year anniversary mix, which you can download here and listen to below.
2. Marijuana Deathsquads battle acid demons in the desert
With their month-long residency in Austin about to wrap up, Marijuana Deathsquads debuted a new video for “Crazy Master” today on Fader. When I described Lazerbeak’s video for “Lift Every Voice” as trippy earlier in the week I didn’t realize what an understatement that would be in comparison to this mindbender. The video was created by Deathsquads vocalist Isaac Gale with effects from Playatta.
3. Crunchy Kids unveil their Opus
Here’s a live hip-hop crew to watch for: Crunchy Kids just released their debut album last fall, and their first video this week. Check out the scathing “Opus” below.
4. Local musicians rally for Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston fans, mark March 24 on the calendar — that’s the day when MN musicians like Jamecia and Paris Bennett and Ginger, Ashley and Brandon Commodore will gather together to pay tribute to singer at the Cabooze. Tickets to “We Will Always Love You – A Musical Tribute to the Life & Music of Whitney Houston” are on sale now.
5. Melismatics climb the radio charts
Though their album-release show isn’t until tonight at the Ritz Theater, the new Melismatics record Mania! is already charting on the CMJ Top 200 chart (it was at 47 last week), thanks in part to the production help of Jon Auer (the Posies) and John Fields. Auer will be at the release show tonight along with openers Sick of Sarah. Watch a video for new song “Divided Devotions” below.
Special bonus item: Here’s one to watch quickly before it gets pulled down. It’s a video of Prince singing “Starfish and Coffee” with some muppets in the ’90s. YOU’RE WELCOME.