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Mod Sun, Aero Flynn, Treading North, more: This week’s Minnesota record releases

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Mod Sun: Look Up

Self-described “hippie hop” rapper Mod Sun released his newest effort today, Look Up. Mod Sun brings those feel-good vibes you know him for on the song “Never Quit,” joined by Travis Barker on the upbeat track that oozes a summertime feel. Mod Sun is in the midst of his tour and will be celebrating the release of Look Up at First Ave tonight.

Aero Flynn: Aero Flynn

Josh Scott (Amateur Love) is back on the music scene with his new band Aero Flynn, an atmospheric indie-pop group with acoustic sensibilities and a tinge of a electro-pop mixed in. The band’s self-titled debut was released today. Strong songwriting; dense beats; and layered, atmospheric sound are Aero Flynn’s bread and butter. Lush vocals float over fingerpicked guitar while electronic oddities jump in and out of the tracks. Aero Flynn is having their release show and tour kickoff on April 3 at the 7th Street Entry; in the meantime, listen to the session they recorded in our studios.

Treading North: Canopy

The dream-funk seven-piece known as Treading North are following up their debut album with their new Canopy EP. If you’ve frequented some of their live shows, you may have heard “Minor Threat,” a high-energy track with a main guitar riff that makes everyone in the room switch gears and move their feet. Multi-part harmonies fill the track out as it builds to an epic finish. Treading North will be at the Triple Rock for the release show along with Doks Robotiks and Pseudoubt on Thursday.

Mary Bue: Holy Bones

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Mary Bue is a singer-songwriter with a funny way of telling stories with a sense of intimacy. She sings “all the little bits of sweet nothings/ all the piranhas nibbling my heart” with her wispy voice on “Cheribum,” a track off her new release Holy Bones. She’ll be celebrating at the Turf Club tonight.

Al Church: Next Summer

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Al Church is releasing his second release Next Summer on Friday. Smooth pop songs about love, ex-lovers, and life on the road are what Al Church is all about: think of old-school Har Mar Superstar. The track “Next To You” has mild grooves moved forward by passionate saxophone while Church’s vocals tell the story of an ex-lover. He’ll be in the Clown Lounge at the Turf Club on Friday for a CD release ahow.

Anne Deming: River Rock Sessions

Acoustic singer-songwriter Anne Deming released part two of her her River Rock Sessions in January and will be celebrating that release at the Amsterdam on Friday. (Learn more about River Rock Studios.)

Ghostmouth: “Gyardos”

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Today Ghostmouth released “Gyarados,” a new 20-minute drone from their upcoming album. It’s a frequency-bender from the ambient noise-music genrea, but it does have some structure to grasp onto. “Gyarados” is an exciting introduction to the band’s upcoming release. Ghostmouth will be at the 331 Club on Saturday for the release of the track along with the rest of the Luck Machine crew.

Strange Relations: Centrism

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Indie-trio Strange Relations are finally releasing their debut album Centrism on Saturday at the Kitty Cat Klub. The track “You Talk” is full of reverb-laden twang with a ‘90s vibe.

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.