The 10 most anticipated albums from Minnesota artists

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Haley Bonar

During Minnesota winters, bands hole up in their studios, bedrooms, or basements and fend off the crippling cold by creating fresh material that they typically begin sharing with us around spring. This year is clearly no exception, as a slew of highly anticipated local albums are set to be released over the coming months.

Gimme Noise has assembled a list of 10 of the best upcoming local records spanning indie rock, hip-hop, punk, and more. 

Haley Bonar
Last War
Check Out: "Last War"
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Since the release of her last album, Golder, in 2011, Haley Bonar had a baby and got a bit weirder with her adventurous side project, Gramma's Boyfriend. But now, she's finally ready to share what may just be the finest record of her career, Last War. The title track has already caught the attention of the local music scene, while everything else we've heard from the album has been equally as captivating. Bonar and her band are celebrating with a record release show at the Varsity Theater on Friday, May 16, but you can check out the album early courtesy of NPR's First Listen, who are promoting the record all this week.

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Two Harbors
The Natural Order of Things
Check Out: "Be Forever"
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Two Harbors make a raucous return to the local scene with their guitar-fueled new album, The Natural Order of Things. The songs churn with the confident spirit of Britpop, while the soaring choruses draw you in effortlessly. The veteran quartet recorded the album at Flowers Studio, and the pristine production emphasizes the relentless hooks of guitarist Kris Johnson and the resonant vocals of Chris Pavlich. The band clearly aimed big on this album, and the results are a massive, resounding success. Two Harbors are celebrating the vinyl release of their album on Friday, May 16 at Cause, along with BNLX, Fury Things, Stereo Confession, and DJ Jake Rudh.

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Animal Lover
Check Out: "Neighbors"
Release Date: May 16, 2014
Local noise rock trio Animal Lover are set to turn the local scene on its collective ear with the release of their boisterous new 12" EP, Guilt. The new collection is packed with fierce, adventurous sonic excursions that are compelling and raw. Addison Shark's guitar work continually pushes these songs into new directions, while they rhythm section of Evan Bullinger and Nate Fisher add a relentless kick to their dynamic sound. Before they hit the road for a tour to support the album, Animal Lover will celebrate with a release party at the Turf Club on Thursday, May 15, with STNNNG, Solid Attitude, and Les Deux Magots.

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Muja Messiah
God Kissed It The Devil Missed It
Check Out: "Pocket Full of Slave Owners" ft. Brother Ali and Boots Riley
Release Date: May 23, 2014
Local MC Muja Messiah is set to break out in a major way with his new album, God Kissed it the Devil Missed It. In addition to Messiah's boundless flow, the record also features a talented cross-section of the current Twin Cities and national hip-hop scene, as Brother Ali, Boots Riley (The Coup), I Self Devine, Maria Isa, Planet Asia, Nazeem, and Mike The Martyr all lend their skills to the album. We here at City Pages named Muja Messiah the Best Hip-Hop Artist of 2009, so you know we've had our eyes and ears turned towards him for a while now. Muja Messiah will be celebrate the release of God Kissed It The Devil Missed It on May 23 at 7th Street Entry)

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