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Forged Artifacts, Pony Bwoy, and No Skin: This week’s Minnesota record releases

Forged Artifacts: The Greatest Of All Time #1

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Forged Artifacts label owner Matt Linden told me recently that the idea for The Greatest Of All Time #1 compilation had just popped into his head—and that idea is now available. All the bands on the release fall somewhere in the spectrum of punk, but take a listen and you’ll find that spectrum encompasses a surprisingly wide range of sounds. Bands like France Camp, Rupert Angeleyes, Some Pulp, Teenage Moods, and Huge Lewis put their own spins on the project, littering it with piles of reverb and high energy.

Pony Bwoy: Nark-ke

The duo Pony Bwoy are following up their 2013 release this week with their latest, Nar-ke. The single “Mer Mer” rides on a spacy soundscape that explores dark spaces. Indistinct vocals fade in and out, adding to the eerie sense of being in space. Nar-ke is released today by way of Totally Gross National Product.

No Skin

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Garage-rock quartet No Skin released their self-titled tape this past Saturday. The band’s third release is full of straightahead overdriven guitar and fast-paced punk rhythms. The call-and-response lyrics on “Parasite” are catchy, especially prevalent when the bass line drops out. No Skin will be at the Turf Club this Friday with Dillinger Four, Whatever Forever and Pink Mink.

Aaron Bolton is a senior at the University of Minnesota. Currently he is a co-host on Radio K’s Off The Record and is the music reporter at Radio K. He hopes to continue a career in music journalism.