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Flamin’ Ohs, Gramma’s Boyfriend, Prof, and many more: This week’s Minnesota record releases

Flamin’ Ohs: Hear and Now EP

Dating back to 1977, the Flamin’ Oh’s are classic. I mean, they have a star on First Ave. They’re back again with their newest Here and Now EP. They haven’t released anything from the new from the EP, but you should be able to grab physical copies at their release show at Lee’s Liquor Lounge on Saturday. In the meantime, you can read the hand-written lyrics on their Facebook. If you practice enough, you can probably jump on stage and sing with them.

Gramma’s Boyfriend: PERM

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Gramma’s Boyfriend released their sophomore effort last week via Graveface Records. Their disco-punk style merges chillwave guitar with rhythms fit for a Dead Kennedys song. The title track in particular is a barrage of punk aesthetic, and is the single you’ll have on repeat. PERM is like that house party where the punch bowl was spiked and no one understands the chaos that’s unfolding. Maybe that’s how their Icehouse release show will be on October 30.

Gazing with Tranquility: A Tribute to Donovan

Local label Rock the Cause is releasing A Tribute to Donovan on Friday. The album features locals as Astronautalis in addition to national artists like the Flaming Lips, in an effort to benefit people suffering from Huntington’s disease. Read more about it in Grace Birnstengel’s blog post.

Prof: Liability

Minnesota’s favorite party catalyst is dropping Liability via hometown hip-hop giant Rhymesayers. Prof’s new 16-track record has some surprising features that emphasize Prof’s growth, Waka Flocka, Tech Ni9e, and Petey Pablo all popup throughout the record. You can catch the latest video “Ghost” above, with Tech Ni9e featured. No Twin Cities date is on this tour, but you can make your way north and catch him in Duluth on Oct. 29 though.

Mint Condition: Healing Season

They’ve toured with Prince, they’ve climbed the pop charts, and they hail from right here in the Twin Cities. If you were a ‘90s kid in Minnesota you might remember Mint Condition. They’re dropping their Healing Season record this week, and they’ll be busy touring the rest of the country through December. No Twin Cities dates have been listed. You can get your smooth soul ballads, self-described as “baby-making” music, on with “Believe In Us.”

Little Fevers: Field Trip

Another dual-citizenship band hit the scene last week: Little Fevers are jointly based in New York and in Minneapolis. Their indie pop-rock sound could be described as Ego Death meets Carroll, with female vocals. Their debut record Field Trip was recorded >bi-coastally (if you consider the Mississippi River a coast) as well. Parts were done at Vacation Island in Brooklyn and the last bit right here in town at Old Blackberry Way. The album dropped last week, and you can catch them at the Turf Club on Friday.

Wolf Among Willows: Wolf Among Willows

Wolf Among Willows is bringing a tinge of summer like the lime in your Corona. Americana and synths make unlikely but welcome companions on “Eileen,” a track from their next release. The band are releasing their new album on Thursday.

The Meadows: The Meadows

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Wendy Lewis—a singer known for performing with the Bad Plus—has a new group formed with her old friends Pete Linman (North Equator Nine, Idedit, Rhea Valentine) and Jeff Waryan (Curtiss A, Figures, Spirit House Trio). The Meadows play a dark brooding mixture of folk and Appalachia influences. They’ll be at Icehouse on Friday to release their new self-titled LP. The record was recorded at Lewis’s Little Big studio outside Cannon Falls.

Fattenin’ Frogs: Ribbit Rhythms

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The bayou rhythm-slinging six-piece Fattenin’ Frogs are back with Ribbit Rhythms. It’s a down-and-dirty Black Diet, with classic blues-fueled guitar riffs, with call-and-response vocals that are dripping in gospel. They celebrated the release by playing the album in its entirety at Icehouse last Saturday, but if you’re bummed you missed out, you can snatch it online.

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.