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As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before.
While it's impossible to shine a spotlight on all of the great music video work going on around the area, Gimme Noise has created a new regular segment, Local Frames, which will help bring some much deserved attention to a few of the standout videos of the moment from local bands or those filmed by local directors.
Here's our fifth installment of Local Frames, featuring ten recent video selections for your viewing pleasure.
Bob Mould - "The Descent (Live On Letterman)"
Bob Mould continues the strong run of late night TV performances by band's with local ties as he sets the Letterman stage ablaze with a fiery version of "The Descent," the first single from his boisterous new album Silver Age. Mould is joined by his cracking current band, Superchunck's Jon Wurster on drums and Verbow's Jason Narducy on bass, and the trio are tight and locked in throughout the blistering number. Letterman and Paul Shaffer both appear to truly enjoy the song as well, with Paul chiming in emphatically, "That is rock 'n roll!" If this performance doesn't get you excited to see Mould and co. at First Avenue on September 15, you need to check your pulse.
The Chalice - "Mama"
Soulful Minneapolis hip-hop trio the Chalice get downright sultry on their new video for "Mama." The three self-assured female emcees, Lizzo, Sophia Eris, and Claire De Lune, all bring a their own distinct edge and lyrical flavor to the track, with a subtle nod to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the catchy chorus. This hot number and equally scorching video (directed by Nicholas Larkins Perez) should definitely get local music fans plenty psyched for the Chalice's upcoming EP release party at the Entry on September 28.
Beat Detectives - "Creeper Banger"
Beat Detectives are an enigmatic offshoot of the local experimental electronic outfit Food Pyramid, and "Creeper Banger" definitely lives up to its name, crafting a spooky rhythmic pulse that remains edgy and tense throughout. The video for the track, which is the first official release for Beat Detectives, only adds to the subtle electronic hostility of the number, with colorful illustrated images of ghosts, joint smoking skulls and cop cars augmenting the brief but dynamic number.
Haunted Heads - "36 Sharpened Saws"
Haunted Heads are a rock 'n roll quartet proudly representing Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Their video for the raucous "36 Sharpened Saws" was made by the good folks at Northern Outpost, who got their start by shooting music clips at Owl Recording in Minneapolis, but now have branched out to make some stellar videos as well. Haunted Heads borrowed a van from local rockers Self-Evident, and shot the energetic clip while driving around and picking up members of the band who all come together to deliver a feisty version of the urgent track despite the cramped quarters.
Omnitrigger - "100 Years Of Hermitage"
Twin Cities music fans who complain that there isn't enough metal in the local scene should really check out Omnitrigger, a raucous Minneapolis metal quartet made up of members of With A Gun For A Face, Hardcore Crayons, Screaming Mechanical Brain, and The Men Who Control the Weather. The group have just put out their debut release, The Self-Titled Horse EP, which is available for free download on their Bandcamp page. If the blistering "100 Years Of Hermitage" is any indication, these guys should be rattling the walls of plenty of local venues sometime soon (including a show at Grumpy's on October 27).The gory, horror-flick video perfectly compliments the combustible nature of the stormy song itself.
Rocky Diamonds is a young local rapper who has been setting the Twin Cities underground hip-hop scene on fire for a few years now, releasing a few hit singles and a renowned mixtape that turned heads throughout the country. Now the young MC is on to bigger and better things, making official albums and EPs that only build on the promise suggested by his early jams. This track is a somber one for Rocky Diamonds, as he pays tribute to Fly Henderson, a friend of his who died recently. It's a moving number, featuring some heartfelt rhymes from Diamonds, and certainly stands as a moving homage to a lost soul.
Zac HB - "Double Negative"
Zac HB is a young Minneapolis MC with a playful flow and plenty of charisma. The clip for "Double Negative" is Zac's first official video, and was directed and created by Kale Eickhof. The backwards vid features Zac strolling through Minneapolis getting random things spilled or thrown at him by his friends, before it all comes together in the end, with the rapper delivering his quick rhymes in a club. "Double Negative" is lifted from Zac's forthcoming release Goodbye Party, which should drop sometime this winter.
Mod Sun - "Welcome Home Show at the Cabooze"
The hippy-hop MC Mod Sun returned to Minneapolis a few weeks ago after a successful run on the Vans Warped Tour for a celebratory hometown show at the Cabooze. This video, shot and edited by 13twentythree, captures the festivities of the night, both on stage and backstage. There are live clips and candid interviews throughout the clip, all of which capture Mod Sun having the time of his life with his friends and his fans.
The Tribe and Big Cats! - "Dopeness"
One of the acts who opened up Mod Sun's Cabooze show was the Tribe and Big Cats!, and this video for "Dopeness" captures TTxBC recovering following what appears to be a wild night. The relaxed, laid-back clip features the smooth beats of Big Cats! and the golden verses of Truthbetold, as the rising crew take shots and smoke up with some gun-toting ladies who are getting all dolled-up for another adventurous evening.
Nick Larsen - "Reclaim (Impromptunes Live Letters Session)"
Talented local musician Nick Larsen recently started a solo project called Monolog, and he picked up a guitar and headed under a bridge to record a few spare acoustic versions of Monolog tracks both new and old on a hot summer day in Minneapolis. The serene setting adds to the stark quality of the numbers themselves, with this version of "Reclaim" highlighting the dexterous guitar work of Larsen. There are four videos from this session at the Live Letters site, and all of them are definitely worth checking out.
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