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Sims' 'More Than Ever' leads this week's pack of new Minnesota music

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Popsicle stick joke writers will tell you Friday is a fish's least favorite day of the week, but here's what they won't tell you: It's also the day new music drops.

The highest-profile Minnesota release out today is More Than Ever, the new solo album from fiery Doomtree rapper Sims. 

"I’m really proud of it; it’s my best work," Andrew Sims says of More Than Ever by email. "I took a different approach in the songwriting and creative process this time out, which is why I think this one sounds so different than my past albums."  

Existentialist sloganeering remains at the forefront, with lines like "well ain't that a bucket of dicks / I was just having fun running from the abyss." But the LP -- Sims' first since 2011 sophomore effort Bad Time Zoo -- confidently rides more turned-up beats courtesy of Paper Tiger, Lazerbeak, and Icetep, maintaining a sense of joy and playfulness even when confronting heavy subject matter. More Than Ever will be celebrated on January 6 at First Avenue

Here's a taste: 

And here's a roundup of Twin Cities record-release shows slated for this Election Fever-ravaged weekend:

Friday

  • TOUSSAINT MORRISON (ALBUM RELEASE SHOW) Nov. 4, 10:30 p.m. at Icehouse (more details + RSVP)
  • BUFFALO FUZZ (ALBUM RELEASE SHOW) Nov. 4, 8 p.m. at Cabooze (more details + RSVP)
  • RICH MATTSON & THE NORTHSTARS (ALBUM RELEASE SHOW) Nov. 4, 8 p.m. at the Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge (more details + RSVP)
  • RLGDPPL (ALBUM RELEASE SHOW) Nov. 4, 10:30 p.m. at Icehouse (more details + RSVP)

Saturday