Minneapolis garage punks Howler—just pups, fresh out of high school—are living the blog-accelerated indie-music dream. In a mere six-month span, the local quintet was scooped up by big-time label Rough Trade; released its debut EP, This One’s Different; and started touring the country. Less than a year after the EP dropped, Howler followed up with its first full-length, America Give Up, in January 2012. Is all of the hype and early success deserved? Absolutely. Still in its infancy, Howler is already writing the same disaffected, hook-laden breed of DIY rock that The Replacements championed decades ago.