Hippo Campus (Photo: Taylor Hanson)

Astute readers will remember Hippo Campus from its recent A.V. Undercover appearance where it tackled Electric Light Orchestra. This Friday the band will release South, a new EP that’s exclusively streaming below courtesy of Grand Jury Music. The five songs on South are the next logical step following the band’s debut, Bashful Creatures, last year. While it’s easy to focus on how young the members of Hippo Campus are, South proves that the Minneapolis band is wise beyond its years. The songs are orchestrated yet still wildly energetic, while vocalist Jake Luppen elevates each track with his confident swagger.

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Hippo Campus tour dates

Sept. 29—Turf Club—St. Paul, Minnesota*
Oct. 1—Firebird—St. Louis, Missouri*
Oct. 2—The Bottleneck—Lawrence, Kansas*
Oct. 3—Bluebird Theater—Denver, Colorado*
Oct. 6—Neumos—Seattle, Washington*
Oct. 7—Wonder Ballroom—Portland, Oregon*
Oct. 9—Great American Music Hall—San Francisco, California*
Oct. 10—Teragram Ballroom—Los Angeles, California*
Oct. 14—The Crescent Ballroom—Phoenix, Arizona*
Oct. 16—Mohawk—Austin, Texas*
Oct. 18—The Studio at Warehouse Live—Houston, Texas*
Oct. 20—One Eyed Jacks—New Orleans, Louisiana*
Oct. 22—Mercy Lounge—Nashville, Tennessee*
Oct. 23—Terminal West—Atlanta, Georgia*
Oct. 24—Deep Roots Festival—Milledgeville, Georgia*
Nov. 5—Majestic Theatre—Madison, Wisconsin^
Nov. 6—The Rave—Milwaukee, Wisconsin^
Nov. 7—Subterranean—Chicago, Illinois^
Nov. 8—The Pyramid Scheme—Grand Rapids, Michigan^
Nov. 10—Baby’s All Right—Brooklyn, New York
Nov. 11—Black Cat—Washington, DC
Nov. 12—The Barbary—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov. 14—Cattivo—Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania^
Nov. 15—Visulite Theatre—Charlotte, North Carolina^
Nov. 17—Madison Live!—Cincinnati, Ohio^
Nov. 18—Zanzabar—Louisville, Kentucky^
Nov. 19—Rose Music Hall—Columbia, Missouri^
Nov. 20—Reverb Lounge—Omaha, Nebraska^
Nov. 28—First Avenue—Minneapolis, Minnesota^

* - with JR JR
^- with Bad Bad Hats

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