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Local Frames: New videos from Liars, the Japhies, Twin Cities Funk and Soul All-Stars, and more

Local Frames: New videos from Liars, the Japhies, Twin Cities Funk and Soul All-Stars, and more

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 eighth installment of Local Frames, featuring ten recent video selections for your viewing pleasure.

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Liars - "Brats (Live At First Avenue)"

During Liars torrid set at First Ave back in July, local directors Dan Huiting & Isaac Gale and their talented City Of Music crew captured the inventive sights and sounds of WIXIW standout "Brats." The enraptured crowd is featured in the clip as much as the band is, so if you were lucky enough to have gone to this stellar show you should definitely check out the video, as you might just see yourself getting lost within the music.

The Japhies - "Dark Guitar"

Minneapolis rockers the Japhies return with a high-energy new video for "Dark Guitar," which is the first single from the quartet's debut full-length, Allegations, due out in November. The band were so excited about their new vid, which was shot at Schmidt Brewery in Saint Paul and directed/edited by Geoff George and Martin Johnson of Rule 62 Pictures, that they celebrated with a show at the Triple Rock. Their dynamic live performances have definitely caught the attention of Twin Cities music fans, and now the band seem poised to capitalize on that growing buzz by giving their fans the full-length they've been clamoring for.

Twin Cities Funk and Soul All-Stars - "You Can Be"

For anyone who didn't make it out to the absolutely smoking Twin Cities Funk and Soul All-Stars show at the Cedar, this clip of the band (featuring Anthony Scott of Prophets of Peace, Haze's Sonny Knight and Ms. Wanda Davis) doing the Prophets Of Peace jam, "You Can Be" should clue you in to what you missed that night. Good vibes and great songs were flowing from the Cedar stage that night, as the West Bank definitely got down and got funky that night.

Pony Trash - "The Weight Of The Night"

Pony Trash are a new group comprised of true veterans of the Twin Cities music scene, with members of Vampire Hands, Heavy Deeds, Polica, Private Dancer, Gospel Gossip and the Chambermaids within their current lineup. Their self-titled debut EP is set to come out on November 23, and the band will be celebrating with a release show that night at he Turf Club. The tranquil, bucolic clip was directed, shot, and edited by Shane Vader, and perfectly compliments the spacious grooves of the song itself.

Bon Iver - "The Wolves (Act I and II)(Live at vitaminwater uncapped)"

Bon Iver and Frank Ocean just played a double-bill at the glorious Angel Orensanz Center in New York, to close out vitaminwater's uncapped music series. As you can imagine, given the stunning surroundings and the talents of the artists involved, this was by all accounts an incredible evening. Justin Vernon and his sprawling band even received the only call for an encore during the music series, and the musical crew responded in kind by returning to play "The Wolves (Act I and II)," which, as everybody who has seen Bon Iver live knows, always turns into a dynamic, participatory number which leaves you shaken and moved.


 

The Hood Internet - "One For The Record Books (Featuring Sims & AC Newman)"

The Hood Internet return with their second video from their forthcoming debut album, FEAT, and this clip for "One For The Record Books" features the guest talents of both AC Newman and Doomtree's own Sims. The video is directed by Jason Goldwatch, who shot it on location in West Virginia. Catch the Hood Internet when they return to Minneapolis to play the Entry on October 20.

Alex Frecon - "San Fran"

Alex Frecon is a young, burgeoning Minneapolis MC, and the Modest Mouse-sampling "San Fran" is taken from his new record The Hedgehog Dilemma. The clip is directed by Jason Chorba, and was shot in downtown Minneapolis and various other area locations. It features the rapper strolling casually around the city while spitting his sprightly verses, all while Isaac Brock's recognizable guitar riffs set the tone for the track.

Little Scream - "Your Radio"

The good folks at City Of Music once again teamed up with a touring national musician to capture an unguarded performance while the artist was in town. This time around it's the Montreal songstress Little Scream, who takes a moment to play a stripped-down version of "Your Radio" from her album The Golden Record in the pristine pastures of rural Minnesota. The clip was shot and directed by Dan Huiting & Brandon Boulay, who really capture the song's stirring sentiment, which suits their serene surroundings as well.

Meme - "Forever and Ever"

Meme are a minimal synth-pop duo out of Minneapolis, comprised of Lizzie Brown and Danny Burke. They have crafted an evocative collection of songs on their brand new record, Young, and have also been busy creating captivating videos for some of the tracks featured on the album. They just released a vivid clip for the hypnotizing track, "Forever and Ever," which certainly can transport you somewhere else if you let it.

A. Wolf and Her Claws - "All This Time"

Sadly, this rehearsal clip for A. Wolf and Her Claws is far too brief, and only captures the group tackling the first verse and chorus of the pulsing track, "All This Time." But the number is so lovely and fresh that we had to include the small, teaser clip just to highlight how wonderful Aby's music really is.


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