As the end of the year nears, it's time for the annual list-making to begin. In addition to our Top 89 programming this year, the local crew wants your help in determining the best Minnesota releases of 2013. That's why we're returning for round two with our Top Local Releases Poll. You may remember last year that the inaugural installment received over 27,000 votes from 8,000 unique listeners.
Gloss had played 43 shows at the time of their recording for The Local Show. That's a lot of live performances for a band that's only been around for one year. And that consistent exposure correlates with the amount of press the young quintet has received since forming.
The Stylle Band - If You Love Me, from the new compilation "Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound."
Walter Lewis and The Blue Stars - I Have Love At Home, from the new compilation "Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound."
Mind and Matter - Sunshine Lady, from the new compilation "Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound."
Herman Jones - I Love You, from the new compilation "Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound."
Aura - Taste Of Love, from the new compilation "Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound."
Seattle four-piece La Luz sound like they're straight out of the '60s. They've managed to capture the jangly cross-section of that era's garage rock scene, the surf rock sounds of the west coast, as well as the punk movement which followed it. The influences are obvious, yet the band manages to defy easy categorization by combining them all at once -- that's why new record "It's Alive" feels fresh and uninhibited.
It's been two years since No Bird Sing stopped by The Current studios, and a lot has changed in that time. The trio is releasing new record "Definition Sickness" on their new label home Strange Famous Records, Joe Horton started hip-hop collective FIX with Kill The Vultures and Kristoff Krane and drummer Graham O'Brien built Bellows studio in downtown St. Paul.
Deltron 3030 - Melding Of The Minds, from the new album "Event 2."
RJD2 - Her Majesty's Socialist Request, from the new album "More Is Than Isn't."
Naughty Boy - La La La feat. Sam Smith, from the new album "Hotel Cabana."
Add Dresses to the long list of recent bands who are impossible to search for on the internet. But their name has some significance -- Dresses' music is seriously a no-frills affair. It's light, cheery pop with surfy hooks that don't require a complicated band name.
Best Coast - This Lonely Morning, from the "Fade Away EP."
Lizzo - Bus Passes and Happy Meals, from the new album "Lizzobangers."