Hotelecaster: Farther Fewer
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The guys of Hotelecaster are putting out their Farther Fewer EP on Friday, and will be celebrating at Icehouse with Gramma’s Boyfriend (the pop-post-punk outfit fronted by Haley Bonar, often in a colorful bodysuit). The quartet features members from an array of local bands: Warehouse Eyes, Dear Data, Clustercuss, Grammar, We Are The Willows and Red Fox Grey Fox. They play pop-rock tunes with melancholic vibes and guitar parts that sound like social awkwardness, most notably on the track “I Will Wait.” The song title is repeated over and over, and the song starts as an easy to follow pop tune, then manically shifts into chaos.
John Rosensteel: John Rosensteel
John Rosensteel is a musician out of Excelsior, and released his debut self-titled album Monday in front of his hometown crowd. The album is 10 tracks of laid-back vibes that may warm you up during the cold snap this week.
Vinnie Rose: The American Dream
Vinnie Rose is releasing his debut album The American Dream on Saturday. Rose sings readily relatable songs about summer fishing trips and other fun times. He will be at Carbone’s in Farmington on Saturday to celebrate the release.
Moving Parts: Moving Parts
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Moving Parts released their new self-titled EP earlier this month, and is another release that might warm you up this winter. Adam Paulus’s vocals are warm and inviting; so is the guitar work, and Matt Molzahn’s drumming is catchy. This is more than just some beach rock, though: Moving Parts have created a rich atmosphere around themselves, and “Indigo” is a great example. It’s a diverse track with guitar work that’s humid and sticky, accentuated by hand drums. It moves into its main groove quickly, then builds into waves of sound that finally soften into a solo guitar bidding you goodbye.
Natalie Lovejoy: Hiding in the Light
Natalie Lovejoy played to a sold-out crowd at Icehouse last night. She was there celebrating her third album Hiding in the Light with her fans. Her music is moody, highlighted by full and luscious vocals. The 12-track album features a variety of production styles, complementing Lovejoy’s vocals.
Past Portland: Past Portland
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The rap-rock trio Past Portland (think Bright Eyes meets the Beastie Boys) are releasing their debut self-titled EP. The band will be at Honey on Friday for the release party. Marah in the Mainsail and Apollos will join them in the celebration.
Fox & Coyote: “The Truth We Both Knew”
Fox & Coyote will be releasing their new single, “The Truth We Both Knew,” on Saturday at the Fallout Art Center. Fox & Coyote are a folk quartet that tell vivid stories about a variety of topics with imagery underlaid by their four-part harmonies. They haven’t posted the single yet, so their Tiny Desk Concert submission will have to tide you over in the meantime.
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.