On an On: And The Wave Has Two Sides
The swelling ambience that On an On produce on their new And The Wave Has Two Sides is something to engross yourself in. The band’s sophomore release gets personal on “Behind The Gun.” It’s dreary gray clouds drifting over a slow-moving crescendo that drifts away from the lyrics “I’ll be the one to come undone” before building into a swirling buzz that grows with bubbling piano that swelled from under the rest of the instrumentation. Get your first listen on Friday.
Terry Eason: Terminal Leave
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Terry Eason has been sitting on a mountain of songs since his song-a-day stint in 2011, and his new release Terminal Leave reflects his writing endeavors. From the lo-fi acoustic-jam “Opposite of Freedom” to the more psychedelically riff-heavy “Red Bird Dream,” you can hear the range of well-crafted songs on the album. You can get your taste at the Kitty Cat Klub on Thursday.
The Honeydogs: 10,000 Years
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The Honeydogs are re-releasing their 2003 LP 10,000 Years on vinyl. It’s a soul-driven album that makes its way through funk and blues jams that come with compelling stories to match. “Panhandler’s Serenade” is the track where it all comes together, with beautiful harmonies and lyrics about the journey of life. The Honeydogs will be at the Cedar Cultural Center on Friday. 10,000 Years is now available digitally, and vinyl is currently on sale at the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis with wider availability next month.
Black Diet: The Good One
One of Minneapolis’s most fun bands is back with a whole new record to dig into. Black Diet were everywhere after Find Your Tambourine hit town, and for good reason. The Good One still has the pep-in-step feel, the soul, and catchiness that will keep you listening between live shows. There are some differences, though: their sound is tighter, and Jonathan Tolliver’s vocals take a back seat on some tracks and merge into the overall sound of the band. Don’t worry though, tracks like “Brother” will give you all the Tolliver you could ever want. They hit First Ave’s Mainroom on Friday. Check out their performance of the single “Fever” in The Current’s studios.
Crescent Moon/Andrew Broder: Crescent Moon/Andrew Broder
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The debut self-titled collaboration from Andrew Broader (Fog, Lateduster, Cloak Ox) and Crescent Moon (Kill the Vultures, Mixed Blood Majority, F I X) is out via Baro Records on Friday. The duo come out swinging on the six-track cassette. Broder’s production makes every track edgy. “Bad Hand” keeps your head moving along with Crescent Moon’s lyricism depicting an unfair and cold world until he follows Broder into a deep black hole swirling with bleeps and blips before returning. There are only 100 cassettes available, so act quickly on Friday and check them out at the 7th Street Entry on Wednesday.
Goldberg: Misty Flats
Minneapolis singer/songwriter Barry Thomas Goldberg recorded his debut solo album Misty Flats in 1974 and released it in a run of 500. The album drifted into obscurity and is now resurfacing thanks to Light in the Attic records. This album came at a time when the Vietnam war was winding down, and Watergate had taken its toll. Goldberg had also just broken up with his power-pop group the Batch. It’s a piece of history, and it’s out (again) on Friday.
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.