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Track of the Day: Love Inks

Posted on 10/3/2013


Love Inks - "Outta Sight"

Love Inks are kickin' it with a new album. Check out the track "Outta Sight" available for free download below. You won't be disappointed with the production quality on this synth-pop trio's new effort. Don't forget, there is a video below; you could watch it. Radio K only happens because you make it happen, become a member today!

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Track of the Day: Step Rockets

Posted on 9/6/2013


Step Rockets - "Kisser"

Step Rockets are Off The Record's most recent local spotlight. Stay tuned to Radio K for video from their In-Studio. Step Rockets is an indie rock band exploring psychedelia, modern hooks, and worldly grooves. Check out their track "Kisser" for free download below. 

"Kisser" -

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Track of the Day: Dessa

Posted on 8/30/2013


Dessa - "Call Off Your Ghost"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

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"Call Off Your Ghost" is a brand new track from Dessa's solo release. Studio K hosted Dessa last Friday when she came in to show OTR this new album, Parts of Speech. Click the polaroid below to checkout live performances, tracks for download, and more from Studio K. Also a cut off Parts of Speech is available for streaming and download. 

"Call Off Your Ghost" (Live in Studio K) -



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Track of the Day: Huge Rat Attacks

Posted on 8/9/2013


Huge Rat Attacks - "Wheel"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at:"

Huge Rat Attacks album "Organic Babies" has just dropped. The entire album is now streaming on their bandcamp and can be purchased there, on iTunes,, eMusic, you'll also receive a physical print of the artwork. Check out Off the Record for more local music. Huge Rat Attacks just did an In-Studio, stay tuned for video.

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Rock & Roll Over goes abroad: Iceland Music Export

Posted on 10/25/2012

By Abbie Gobeli

Iceland Music Export was formed in November 2006 to provide a gateway for artists to send their music out to the rest of the globe and for new, eager listeners to hear the sound of Iceland. During my adventures abroad in Iceland, I was lucky enough to catch up with Sigtryggur Baldursson, Managing Director of IMX to discover what Icelandic music has to offer.

What Icelandic groups are essential to the Iceland music scene?
That is a good question. I don’t want to make that call. I have to be pretty diplomatic about this. There are many bands that have done well outside our market. You probably know must of them; The Sugarcubes, Bjork, Sigur Rós, and Of Monsters and Men. There are loads of others I’m sure you’ll hear of soon.

Why is it important for the world to hear Icelandic music?
Iceland is a small market and it’s great for other Icelandic artists to have access to bigger markets.

What is unique about Icelandic live music compared to other countries?
For me, it’s hard to answer. It’s very varied, there’s techno like Gús Gús and Of Monsters of Men, which is a seven-piece band with guitar and accordion. It’s hard to pin down one thing that stands out.

How do musical artists in Iceland usually get their start?
That’s one of the funny things about the market here. One of the reasons we seem to produce so much music is what I call the DIY factor. This homegrown effect empowers a lot of musicians to go make their music.

Find IMX online at

iceland.jpgIMX Playlist:
Sóley - Smashed Birds (touring with Of Monsters and Men in the US)
Múm - Green Grass of a Tunnel
Human Woman - It’s Gonna Hurt You
Bjork - Pluto
Sigur Rós - Hoppípolla
Nóra - Bringsmalaskotta
Bró∂ir Svartulfs - Rólan Sveiflast Enn

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New Music 8-27-12

Posted on 8/27/2012

Frank Ocean
channel ORANGE
[Def Jam]

Minus The Bear
Infinity Overhead

Dinosaur Jr.
I Bet On Sky

Keys to the Kuffs

Matthew Dear
[Ghostly International]

Fire in the Northern Firs
Of Bones and Things

In Limbo

Wild Nothing
[Captured Tracks]

Nude Beach

Thee Oh Sees
Putrifiers II
[In The Red]


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New Music 7-9-12

Posted on 7/10/2012

Confess.jpgTwin Shadow

JEFF The Brotherhood
Hypnotic Nights
[Infinity Cat]

Sean Anonymous
[Wide Eyes]

Aesop Rock

Dirty Projectors
Swing Lo Magellan

Wild Nothing
Shadow 7"
[Captured Tracks]

Deep Time
Deep Time
[Hardly Art]

Ask The Dust

Hot Panda
Go Outside

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New Music 7-2-12

Posted on 7/2/2012

TheLastGreat.jpgMaLLy & The Sundance Kid
The Last Great...
[Fresh Heir]

Cancer 4 Cure
[Fat Possum]

Fiona Apple
The Idler Wheel...

Communist Daughter
Lions & Lambs EP
[Grain Belt]

White Fence
Vols. 1 & 2
[Fat Possum]

Total Dust

G Is For Deep

Black Taxi
We Don't Know Any Better


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New Music 6-25-12

Posted on 6/26/2012


The Hand To Man Band

You Are Always On Our Minds

[Post Consumer]


Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs




Delicate Steve

Positive Force

[Luaka Bop]



The Lost Tapes



The Intelligence

Everybody's Got It Easy But Me

[In The Red]


A Place To Bury Strangers


[Dead Oceans]


Ty Segall Band


[In The Red]


The Daredevil Christopher Wright

The Nature of Things

[File Under: Music]


Cadence Weapon

Hope In Dirt City



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River's Edge Music Festival 2012

Posted on 6/25/2012


River's Edge Music Festival
June 23-24, 2012 

This weekend marked the first year of Livenation's new River's Edge Music Festival, which dominated Harriet Island in St. Paul. The entertainment giant shelled out $4.8 million to make the festival happen, with over half of that going towards paying the performers.

Coheed & Cambria played a set early Saturday afternoon that included favorites such as the title track from their second album In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 as well as an unexpected cover of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know". It was their first time here since ousting drummer Chris Pennie in favor of their original drummer Josh Eppard. Local pop-punkers Motion City Soundtrack began immediately afterward, fresh with excitement over their very recently released full-length Go. It was their older material from the Commit This To Memory era that still retained its power to exhilarate, and it was very appropriate to see them playing with the St. Paul skyline in the background. Brand New followed with a setlist that contained no new material, which seemed odd considering their last full-length Daisy is approaching three years of age. That was fine with the audience as their setlist was peppered with crowd-pleasers such as "Jesus", "Soco Amaretto Lime", and my personal favorite, "Millstone". I decided not to follow the army of dreadlocks across the field to see Sublime with Rome, instead opting to stay put to have a coveted close vantage point for mysterious metal gods Tool, who were undoubtedly the highlight of the first day. Seeing the quartet in an outdoor general admission setting is exceptionally rare considering that they do their best to have seating be mandatory as often as they can due to their stance on moshing. Their outrageously rabid fanbase justified the band's attitude with their unparalleled aggression. When their performance began there were perhaps 5 rows of people between myself and the barrier, and I was close enough to see the wrestling portrait hung from one of guitarist Adam Jones' three amplifiers and the slight gray in his hair. I quickly moved a bit back after being knocked off my feet and subsequently helped back up by a kind metalhead (thank you, anonymous metalhead). Only then was I able to fully appreciate the band's performance - their visuals are positively massive. Seeing this stunningly large graphic display truly helped to convey the band's aesthetic and worked perfectly in conjunction with the music. When watching only the band it becomes apparent that they're so familiar with the material that they seem almost casual about running through these technically and physically demanding workouts. They mostly keep to themselves and don't engage with the audience much. Frontman Maynard James Keenan spent the entirety of the performance on a riser next to blisteringly dextrous drummer Danny Carey, who is undoubtedly one of the most gifted in metal. Their setlist contained many crowd favorites such as "Schism" and "Stinkfist", and they ended their slightly abbreviated set with the title track from Ænima.

Sunday's acts were distinctively mellower. I began the day by seeing much buzzed-about local quartet Poliça. It was fairly apparent that the majority of the crowd had never heard of them before and they were nothing short of triumphant considering how unusual that is in their native state. Frontwoman Channy Leaneagh made a point to be grateful about playing to such a sizable audience and remarked that for a time she lived just a few blocks away from the site of the festival. The group chugged away tightly as a unit and Channy has all the stage presence of an established superstar. This was definitely a performance which won them more than a few new fans. I watched Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan's side project Puscifer from afar, touring in support of 2011's Conditions of My Parole. There was a flight attendant aesthetic throughout the show, complete with band members dressed accordingly and Keenan in a faux mustache. A juvenile mock advertisement for the fictional airline "Vagina Air" played as an intermission of sorts during the set which effectively explained why the project is not nearly as respected as Keenan's other endeavor. The Flaming Lips followed with a typically over-the-top performance unlike any other - I can say so because this was my sixth time seeing them. They opened with "Race For The Prize", which I don't think they've been in the habit of doing since 2007, and immediately played "She Don't Use Jelly" and "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song". Confetti and gigantic balloons filled with even more confetti rained down over the audience. Wayne Coyne then entered his inflatable bubble and walked on the crowd. They calmed down substantially after opening with this trio of their most anthemic numbers, playing the more heavy and groove-oriented material from their last LP Embryonic as well as "Where Is The Light" from The Soft Bulletin and an acoustic version of "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1". Also included was an impromptu cover of the first verse of "Black Diamond" by KISS and by way of The Replacements as a tribute to Paul Westerberg. They were called out for the only encore I saw during the festival and blasted through their customary closer "Do You Realize??". For the rest of the evening I wandered around the festival grounds and spent a bit of time watching the polarizing headliner for the evening, Dave Matthews Band, who were given three hours for their performance. There's no denying that they're a musical powerhouse in concert, particularly drummer Carter Beauford who honestly gave the previous evening's star performer Danny Carey a run for his money. I stopped by the stage on isolated Raspberry Island to see DJ and producer Diplo performing what was probably the loudest and most energetic set to take place during the entire festival. Much of his set consisted of remixes of other tracks (Blur's "Song 2", The Police's "Roxanne", Beastie Boys' "Intergalactic" among many others) and frequent encouraging of the crowd to go absolutely mental, which they seemed to have no qualms with.

The festival was organized well, with lines for bathrooms kept to a minimum, a large amount of security and police presence, and cleaning crew operating efficiently throughout the day. Food was spendy, as is to be expected for such a festival, but there was nothing stopping anyone from just leaving the grounds for a bit to enter nearby downtown St. Paul for a much more affordable nibble since the wristband system allows for re-entry. Hydration stations provided water to anyone with any sort of empty container and there was even a cell phone charging station, free of charge. Livenation have signed a contract for 5 years of the festival, so expect the masses to once again descend upon Harriet Island for a few June weekends to come.

Written by Tom Steffes, Radio K volunteer

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New Releases - June 12th, 2012

Posted on 6/12/2012

Every Tuesday we'll keep you updated with new album releases you need to know about.

  • Dent May: Do Things [Paw Tracks]
  • Eternal Tapestry: Dawn in 2 Dimensions [Thrill Jockey]
  • Future of the Left: The Plot Against Common Sense [Xtra Mile]
  • Grace Potter & the Nocturnals: The Lion The Beast The Beat [Hollywood Records]
  • Guided By Voices: Class Clown Spots a UFO [Guided By Voices Inc.]
  • Hot Chip: In Our Heads [Domino]
  • Jukebox the Ghost: Safe Travels [Yep Roc]
  • Metric: Synthetica [Mom + Pop]
  • Mice Parade: Live: England vs. France [FatCat]
  • Rush: Clockwork Angels [Roadrunner]
  • SpaceGhostPurrp: Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp [4AD]
  • The Tallest Man on Earth: There's No Leaving Now [Dead Oceans]

 Find these releases at fine independent retailers in your area.

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Weekly Release Spotlight: Exitmusic

Posted on 6/11/2012



[Secretly Canadian]

Charging out of the musical hub of Brooklyn, NY, Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church form Exitmusic.  The duo emanates a sound resembling a smoky, ominous Beach House with distinctive atmospheric sonority similar to Sigur Rós.  Exitmusic released their debut album Passage on Secretly Canadian.  The album also features tracks from their previous EP release From Silence, including “The Modern Age.”

“Passage,” the first track, lures you in on the dream-like voyage with its cool, calming vocals and slow thumping piano and kick drum. Pallodino’s shaky vibrato then suddenly detonates accompanied by windy currents of drums and static as Pallodino’s vocals entangle the uproar, “Just don’t let them chase you.” The album transitions into “The Night,” which is as audibly dark as its name.  It is an aching cry that is tragically beautiful with its hopeful vocalizations and twinkling child’s piano keys. It clamors against the dark waves that are emitted throughout all of Passage.  Exitmusic approaches “White Noise” with daring experimentation driven by a thumping drum beat and fuzzy guitars. Pallodino‘s wails reverberate to the point where it sparks out of an overloaded speaker that hazily fades in and out. “The Wanting” is a soothing piece that entrances you like an echoing siren.  Slowly, you can’t help but to drown in this swelling, sonorous ocean.
Exitmusic’s Passage draws you in with hauntingly beautiful vocals that fluctuate in volume and dynamic vibrato. Their brooding undercurrent will undoubtedly hook you with its slow swells but will on occasion drop you into feverish chaos that you didn’t see coming.

Written by Abbie Gobeli, Radio K volunteer.

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St. Vincent and Shearwater @ the First Avenue Mainroom

Posted on 5/21/2012




St. Vincent and Shearwater @ the First Avenue Mainroom
May 12th, 2012 

Final examinations made their long-awaited exit and summer was officially inaugurated on May 12th, 2012 with Shearwater and St. Vincent to help celebrate at First Avenue.  

Shearwater opened with dark falsettos ringing in, “You As You Were” complemented by a thriving syncopated beat. Shearwater gloriously roars its outstanding stage presence and communication within the group that draws you in to pay closer attention. Lead singer and songwriter, Johnathan Meiburg crouches down to tune his guitar fixedly listening.   Slowly, a smile unravels across his face while Shearwater’s members exchange wild-eyed glances while slightly upturning their lips like they’re about to erupt in laughter like they have some sort of inside joke. You know these guys are enjoying what they do according to Meiburg,  “It’s an honor for us to play here at First Avenue.”

Multi-colored lights and flickering strobes cloak Annie Clark of St. Vincent as she enters with the highly charged “Marrow,” known for its sharp beats and bassy undercurrent. Clark articulated her movements in addition to her music as she glided across the stage in a twitchy, robotic, but strangely graceful manner. Towards the end of the night, she treaded along the edge of the stage, swinging her microphone, then nodded at one of the staff.  All of the sudden, she jumped on his shoulders blaring “Krokodil,” a track from St. Vincent’s Record Store Day release. Annie Clark held on to my friend and I for balance at one point and then to our surprise, she stage dove into the crowd and hands reached up to carry her throughout the mainroom’s sea of fans.

Written by Abbie Gobeli, Radio K volunteer

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New Releases - May 15th, 2012

Posted on 5/16/2012

Every Tuesday we'll keep you updated with new album releases you need to know about.

  • Beach House - Bloom [Sub Pop]
  • Best Coast - The Only Place [Mexican Summer]
  • The Cribs - In the Belly of the Brazen Bull [Wichita]
  • Garbage - Not Your Kind of People [Stunvolume]
  • Hot Water Music - Exister [Rise]
  • Violens - TRUE [Slumberland]
  • White Fence - Family Perfume Vol. 2 [Woodsist]

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New Releases - May 8th, 2012

Posted on 5/8/2012

Every Tuesday we'll keep you updated with new album releases you need to know about.

  • My Bloody Valentine - Loveless, Isn't Anything, EPs 1988-1991 (Reissues) - [Sony] (5-7-12)
  • Here We Go Magic - A Different Ship [Secretly Canadian]
  • Led Er Est - The Diver [Sacred Bones]
  • J Mascis - Heavy Blanket [Ouxed Battery]
  • M83 - Reunion EP [Mute]
  • Moon Duo - Mazes Remixed [Sacred Bones]
  • OFF! - OFF! [Vice]
  • S. Carey - Hoyas [Jajaguwar]
  • Silversun Pickups - Neck of the Woods [Dangerbird]

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New Releases - May 1st, 2012

Posted on 5/1/2012

Every Tuesday we'll keep you updated with new album releases you need to know about.

  • Ty Segall and White Fence - Hair [Drag City] (4-30-12)
  • Ariel Pink & R. Stevie Moore - Ku Klux Glam [Stroll On] (4-30-12)
  • JK Flesh - Posthuman [3by3] (4-30-12)
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Aufheben [a' Records]
  • Bright Eyes - Fevers and Mirrors (Reissue) [Saddle Creek]
  • Bright Eyes - There Is No Beginning to the Story EP (Reissue) [Saddle Creek]
  • Father John Misty - Fear Fun [Sub Pop]
  • Light Asylum - In Tension [Mexican Summer]
  • Lower Dens - Nootropics [Ribbon Music]
  • The Lumineers - The Lumineers [Dualtone]
  • Santigold - Master of My Make Believe [Downtown/Atlantic]
  • Sea of Bees - Orangefarben [Team Love]
  • Spinto Band - Shy Pursui [Spintonic]
  • Woods & Amps for Christ - Spilt LP [Shrimper]

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New Releases - April 24th, 2012

Posted on 4/24/2012

Every Tuesday we'll keep you updated with new album releases you need to know about.

  • Actress - R.I.P. [Honest Jon's]
  • The Dandy Warhols - This Machine [The End]
  • Jack White - Blunderbuss [Third Man/Columbia]
  • Suckers - Candy Salad [Frenchkiss]
  • Toro y Moi - June 2009 [Carpark]

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New Releases - April 17th, 2012

Posted on 4/18/2012

Every Tuesday we'll keep you updated with new album releases you need to know about.

  • Moonface - With Sinaii: Heartbreaking Bravery [Jagjaguwar]
  • Maps & Atlases - Beware and Be Grateful [Barsuk]
  • Battles - Gross Dlop Remix [Warp]

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Adds - April 9th, 2012

Posted on 4/12/2012

zammuto_2012.jpg                        xiuxiu_always.jpg
Zammuto                                                                              Xiu Xiu
Zammuto                                                                              Always
[Temporary Residence]                                                     [Polyvinyl/Bella Union]

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Screaming Females                                                          Sarah Jaffe
Ugly                                                                                     The Body Wins
[Don Giovanni]                                                                   [Kirtland]

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M. Ward                                                                               Moonface
A Wasteland Companion                                                Heartbreaking Bravery
[Merge]                                                                                [Jagjaguwar]

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Is/Is                                                                                        Dr. John
III                                                                                            Locked Down



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New Releases - April 10th, 2012

Posted on 4/10/2012

Every Tuesday we'll keep you updated with new album releases you need to know about.

  • M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion [Merge]
  • Trampled by Turtles - Stars and Satellites [Banjodad]
  • Black Dice - Mr. Impossible [Ribbon]
  • Kishi Bashi - 151a [Joyful Noice]
  • Choir of Young Believers - Rhine Gold [Ghostly International]
  • Zambri - House of Baasa [Kanine]

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