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Wee Willie Walker, Hustle Rose, Owl City, and more: This week’s Minnesota record releases

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Wee Willie Walker: If Nothing Ever Changes

The man recorded for legendary label Goldwax Records in the latter ‘60s and is still going strong. Wee Willie Walker, who has been bringing genuine Memphis soul to Minneapolis since 1960, still has his top-notch style and flare on If Nothing Ever Changes. He’ll be at the Minnesota Music Café on Saturday. Your feet will know what to do.

Hustle Rose: Stay Up

Hustle Rose are dropping their debut Stay Up in the Mainroom at First Ave on Saturday. For a taste of their new release, take a listen to “Get Some.” It’s a fresh take on modern soul and funk, with heavy bass lines melding into the blazing synths. You’ll hear a tinge of hip-hop, and a pinch of electronic influence.

Owl City: Mobile Orchestra

Owl City—a.k.a. Adam Young, of Owatonna—is still running with the sound that popularized “Fireflies” (far and away the top-selling single ever to come out of Minnesota) on his new Mobile Orchestra release, a ten-track LP full of Young’s signature electropop. The release is set to hit the world on Friday. Owl City gave a taste of the album with the track “Unbelievable,” a look on the bright side of childhood.

Warehouse Eyes: Prisms

The husband-wife duo Warehouse Eyes have a very different take on electronic music. The duo have maintained their momentum from their debut EP on the full-length Prisms. The drums on “I Think I Can Live With It” work with the vocals to create a lush world that will wrap its arms around you for 3:47. You might get the same effect at their release show at Icehouse on Friday.

Glo Pesci: SuperMan Music

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It’s going on two years since Twin Cities hip-hop legend Glo Pesci (Abstract Pack) dropped his Straight Out the Phone Booth mixtape. With such a long hiatus since, it may seem the St. Paul rapper may have encountered some kryptonite along the way, but he actually was creating the sequel. SuperMan Music is set to make its way to the public’s ears by Friday. It’s Pesci’s first full-length solo project.

Valet: The Truth Might Not Be Here

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Going 17 years strong is a hard thing to do for a band. Valet have returned to show they can defy the odds, and are doing so with The Truth Might Not Be Here. Check out their new “Start it Somewhere” single, and mark your calendar for their release show at the Turf Club 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.