Human Kindness: You Are So Loud That I Want To Die cassette
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On their debut EP You Are So Loud That I Want To Die, self-described Minneapolitan “rock ‘n’ roll friends” Human Kindness sound like microbudget contemporaries to modern punks like No Age and Joyce Manor. The record is melody-focused, occasionally experimental, and perfectly abrasive, with crunchy bass riffs, washes of guitars, high-energy solos, and emotive, no-holds-barred vocals carrying the EP from start to finish. You Are So Loud That I Want To Die was initially released in digital format in January, and today, Human Kindness have released the record on a limited quantity of cassette tapes. The eight tracks of the record are all playable on side A of the tape, with a blank B-side “perfect for yr own musical endeavors!” Both the cassette and the digital album are available on Human Kindness’ Bandcamp page.
Dérobé Dance Band: “Gogoplata”/”Kem Dahg” seven-inch
Since their inception, Secret Stash Records have combed the globe for some of the best—and often long-forgotten—world music, to be remastered and presented once again. In that vein, Secret Stash’s roster of active artists includes Dérobé Dance Band, a 70s-influenced Ethio-jazz group mixing elements of funk, rock, and African rhythms to create a truly unique and colorfully nostalgic sound. Out today, Dérobé Dance Band’s debut 45 includes the tracks “Gogoplata” on one side and “Kem Dahg” on the other. These two eclectic and upbeat songs are the product of a group of skilled, synergized, and culturally informed musicians doing what they do best, and the record is a danceable taste of world fusion produced right here in the Twin Cities. “Gogoplata” is available on Secret Stash’s website; the purchase of a record also includes an instant MP3 download.
Disasteratti: Cerebral Hack Artist
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Now a veteran trio of earsplitting groove-rockers, Disasteratti have seen a revolving door of members over the course of their decade-long career. On their second full-length release, Cerebral Hack Artist, out on Learning Curve Records, Disasteratti achieve exactly what the title implies: they get inside your head and hold on with a sonic death grip. Cerebral Hack Artist’s influences are extremely diverse—including hints of blues, funk, surf, and metal—all with raucous, bombastic energy. Dari Kaveh fronts the album with distorted, percussive vocals and ambitious, hyperactive guitar riffs and solos. Meanwhile, B.J. Woullet’s machine-gun drumming and Dan Earixsson’s chameleon bass lines carry the record on a stunning trajectory. The end result is loud, heart-pounding, industrial jams that could effectively knock the volume of the Twin Cities scene up to eleven. Disasteratti will release Cerebral Hack Artist with a release show at the 7th Street Entry on Friday March 14, with Buildings, MRS., and Animal Lover.
CHARN: Sommer Von Träumen
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The cover of CHARN’s latest album Sommer Von Träumen features a sunny scene of a four-person party on a resting speedboat. Appropriately, the album is a collection of big, warm, summer rock anthems, just in time for the melting snow. It’s breezy, but with a high-power motor’s kinetic potential. “Open Your Eyes” and “Found a Way,” the album’s two singles, ring out with pitch-perfect vocal harmonies and shimmering guitars. It’s an impressive sophomore effort from this four-man Minneapolis band. Charn will release Sommer Von Träumen with a release show at the 7th Street Entry on Saturday, March 15, featuring performances by Verskotzi, Sam Cassidy, and Red Daughters.
Dan Hylton and the Ghostrunners: You Will Go to the Moon
Dan Hylton‘s latest EP You Will Go to the Moon might serve as a letter to his children and family: he sings of hope and the promise of a bright future, with a few maudlin musings. Hylton’s lyrical style is quirky and lighthearted, and his band—the talented team of the Ghostrunners—accompany his unique, high-register vocals with listenable, nostalgic pop instrumentals. Hylton has tapped into the essence of folk-pop with You Will Go To the Moon, focusing his energies on insightful songcraft and comfortable melodies. Hylton and the Ghostrunners will release the EP with a release show at Acadia Cafe on Saturday, March 15, accompanied by River Breitbach of River Glen and the Jinnies.
KT Lindemann is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Morris, pursuing studio art and Spanish. She is a native of the Twin Cities and is a wannabe musician, artist, and music writer.