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Bob Dylan, The Stress of Her Regard, Eric Mayson, and more: This week’s Minnesota record releases

Bob Dylan: Shadows in the Night

One of the most acclaimed and prolific artists of all time, Bob Dylan, released his new studio album Shadows in the Night today. The album marks studio album number 36 for Dylan. The songs were recorded live in the studio with Dylan’s five-piece band, in the order they appear on the album. Shadows in the Night comprises many songs Frank Sinatra made popular in an era that might seem a world apart from today’s popular music—but an era that was important to Dylan’s development as an artist, writes Jay Gabler.

The Stress of Her Regard: Sport Marriage

Stress of Her Regard may not sound like a band name, but it is—and it’s one that should be on your radar. The trio, featuring Ciaran Daly of Idle Hands, are dropping their EP Sport Marriage on Saturday. The one track released so far, “The Ballad of Josie and Davie,” has a real 90s alt vibe going for it. The release show will be at the Kitty Cat Klub.

PHO: Cash It

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Funk band PHO are releasing their debut album Cash It today. They’ve been making themselves known around town, and are finally giving those progressive funk instrumentals to the people. They’ll play a release show at the Triple Rock on Feb. 13, with support from Diatonic as well as Carnage and the Last Band Standing.

The One-derful Collection: Mar-V-Lus Records

Local Minneapolis label Secret Stash Records released its second installment of the One-derful! collection today. One-derful Records was one of the most notable African-American-run Chicago labels of the 60s. The first installment of music from the label was released last year; the second installment focuses on the label’s teen focused sub-label Mar-V-Lus. The two-LP set has 25 tracks from artists such as Alvin Cash, The Du-Ettes, Josephine Taylor, and Johnny Sayles. The set includes never-released tracks and features detailed liner notes with unique photos.

Eric Mayson: “Capital”

Eric Mayson is a familiar face on the local music scene, playing with artists including Caroline Smith—who joined Mayson on a duet performance of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” Mayson’s debut solo EP is expected this spring from RiverRock Music Group, which has been teasing the fact that Mayson has a new single coming out this week. “Capital” is produced by Big Cats, recently acclaimed for last year’s Toki Wright collaboration Pangaea. Will it be a song about Karl Marx, or about St. Paul—or both? Stay tuned to find out.

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.