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Bob Dylan, K. Raydio, Sun Gods to Gamma Rays, Toby Thomas Churchill: This week’s Minnesota record releases

Bob Dylan: The Basement Tapes Complete

The Bootleg Series filling in the gaps of Bob Dylan’s career is back with volume 11. Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings released The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 today. The six-disc set of restored recordings comes from sessions Dylan did with the Band in 1967. Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and Levon Helm—who later became the Band—all joined Dylan in the basement of a small house in New York for the sessions. A two-disc and three-LP set, The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series vol. 11, comprising highlights of the deluxe versions, also drops today. We’re celebrating Dylan all day with an A-Z 24-hour marathon on our Local Current stream and a countdown of his top songs from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on the Current as Dylan prepares to play the first of three shows at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.

K. Raydio and O-D: One Drop

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Soul, funk, and a sprinkle of hip-hop are what K. Raydio brings to the table on her new release, One Drop. K. Raydio (a.k.a. Krysta Rayford) has teamed up with local producer O-D to create a sound that sits somewhere between nostalgic and contemporary R&B. “The Back Wall” is a great example of the odd fusion of O-D’s contemporary beats fueled by 90s hip-hop influences producing a throwback flavor with Rayford’s voice at the fore. The duo will have their release show on Saturday at Icehouse.

Sun Gods to Gamma Rays: A Ghost to Find

Sun Gods to Gamma Rays have officially dropped their debut full-length, A Ghost To Find. The band produce a very large sound that envelops the listener. Frontwoman Brianna Kocka’s vocals are full of reverberated coo on the title track: the band’s sound builds to full rock anthem on the chorus as Kocka ramps it up. Sun Gods to Gamma Rays have scheduled their release show for this Friday at Icehouse.

Toby Thomas Churchill: Where Is My Rumspringa Darling?

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Toby Thomas Churchill is back with more catchy tunes and oddball lyrics. Churchill’s newest effort, Where Is My Rumspringa Darling?, moved in a new direction on the single “Football Sex”: he’s dropped the acoustic guitar and minimalist band sound and moved to electro-pop. Droning synths propel the track while bass wobbles create a full sound. You can’t help but notice the grim lyrics juxtaposed with the hopeful melody twinkling above the synths. Dosh will accompany Churchill for his CD release show in Duluth this Saturday at the Red Herring.

Aaron Bolton is a senior at the University of Minnesota. Currently he writes for growyourflow.com and is the music reporter at Radio K. He hopes to continue a career in music journalism.