Local Frames: New videos from Prince, Total Trash, Fury Things, 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 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 twenty-fourth installment of Local Frames, featuring ten recent video selections for your viewing pleasure.
Prince & 3rdEyeGirl - "Plectrum Electrum"
This short video clip of a scorching instrumental jam session between Prince and his new backing band, 3rdEyeGirl, might just be promotional material meant to hype up the Purple One's upcoming SXSW gig, with Prince insider Dr. Funkenberry proclaiming "Diagnosis: SXSW, Can U hang?" after he posted the video. But in reality, Prince's rumored show in Austin is already the most talked about event of SXSW, and the potential gig doesn't need any additional publicity. What we all do need more of though, are clips of Prince wailing away on a guitar, and this video, directed by Madison Dube, has plenty of that, as the Purple Yoda locks in with Donna Grantis, Hannah Ford, and Ida Nielsen on a filthy riff that you just don't want to see come to an end.
Total Trash - "Listen"
Minneapolis punk band Total Trash tear through their blistering video for "Listen," the first clip drawn from their brand new, self-released cassette, You Don't Try. The raucous quartet is celebrating the release of their new collection of songs with a sure to be fiery show at the Entry tonight with Ugly Motors, the Miami Dolphins and Brain Tumors. If this psychedelic video doesn't completely get you in the mood to head out to Total Trash's release show, perhaps our recent profile on the engaging band will motivate you to get down to the gig. You'll be glad you did.
Fury Things - "Whatever (Live on Radio K)"
Minneapolis garage rock trio Fury Things have been garnering plenty of well-deserved attention as of late, and their tempestuous set from the Radio K studios should only add to the buzz. The group has a fuzzed-out, Dinosaur Jr./early-Superchunk sound that never has gone out of style (at least to my ears), and this feisty version of "Whatever" is proof that the band is onto something good at the moment. They are playing at the Entry this Sunday along with fellow Local Framers Hollow Boys in support of Blue Ruin's EP release show, a stellar triple-bill that definitely showcases some of the best young rock bands in the Twin Cities.
Public Enemy - "Get Up Stand Up (Featuring Brother Ali)"
The legendary hip-hop collective Public Enemy aren't resting on the laurels of their revolutionary career, or their recent election into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame. The band is still intent on moving (and educating) rap fans all across the country, as well as delivering two new records in 2012 in the process, Most Of My Heroes Still Don't Appear On No Stamp and The Evil Empire Of Nothing. "Get Up Stand Up" is taken from the former (as well as the just-released compendium, Evil Vs. Heroes), and features some fiery verses from Minneapolis's own, Brother Ali, and the local MC makes the most of his moment alongside Chuck D by delivering inspired, determined rhymes that fit perfectly alongside Chuck's socio-political verses. The video is filled with live clips from throughout P.E.'s string of tours, perhaps even some shots from their recent First Avenue performance.
Pert Near Sandstone - "Ship Of Fools"
Minneapolis bluegrass quintet Pert Near Sandstone are back with a striking animated video for the sprightly "Ship Of Fools," the title track to a new 7-inch that the band is releasing on April 2. This gorgeous clip was directed and animated by the ultra-talented Emily Fritze, augmenting a heady song inspired by a renaissance era fable created by Sebastian Brant and Hieronymus Bosch. The band should have plenty of these new 7"s with them when they return to Minneapolis for a grand 7-inch record release show at First Avenue on March 29.
Batteryboy - "Winter's Gate"
While we all might be justifiably sick and tired of winter's icy grip around these parts, the stark, snowy scenes featured in Batteryboy's video for "Winter's Gate" are rather lovely, and perfectly suit the song's chilly themes. The trio, comprised of Cobey Rouse, Cloud Cult's Shannon Frid, and Eric Carranza, play the delicate, acoustic-laden number outdoors in the heart of the winter chill, lending a frosty elegance to the track. The videography for the clip was done by Eric Howell, John Burch, and TJ Worrell, who had to brave the harsh elements just like the band. The group have an upcoming show at Amsterdam on March 28 with Jenny Dalton, and if you want to get to know more about Batteryboy before the show, check out our interview with Cobey.
Toki Wright, Kristoff Krane & Carnage - "Short Circuit"
Three talented local MC's, Toki Wright, Kristoff Krane, and Carnage, got together for this collaborative video/song, "Short Circuit," which the trio are also affectionately calling their upcoming tour together, with this banging track serving as the tour's official anthem. The Short Circuit Tour launches in Lincoln, NE on March 21, and winds up in Bozeman, MT on March 30. The video and design for the clip was done by PCP, and was also co-directed by Kristoff Krane himself.
Crankshaft - MN Original Feature
This MN Original feature on Anoka County bluesman Alex "Crankshaft" Larson delves into the musicians roots as a busker, as well as the transformation his music has taken on as of late along with his current bandmates. It's an engaging look at the dedication needed to make your way in the music world, as well as how important it is to know where the music you make comes from in order to fully know and appreciate how you can take that sound forward. If you like what you hear and see in this feature, Crankshaft is currently in the midst of doing a free Tuesday-night solo residency at the 331 Club, with music starting each night at 10.
Dichotomy - "Beatnado"
Dichotomy are a Minneapolis electronic/hip-hop duo who just released their debut full-length, Nocturnal, for free download back in January, after a string of successful EP's. The group is comprised of Alex Kauffman (violin/guitar/producer) and Joe Laurin (synth/piano/producer), and this video (directed by Joe Laurin) for the instrumental track, "Beatnado," features Kauffman strolling the streets of Uptown playing his electric violin, and no doubt getting some interesting glances in the process. You don't hear the violin mixed in amongst modern electronic beats, so these guys are certainly onto something new and distinct. Dichotomy have a show on March 21 at Hell's Kitchen supporting Toussaint Morrison and Corina Corina.
Ernest Rhodes - "Seeds To The Sun (Featuring Dani Mueller)"
The Minneapolis-based MC Ernest Rhodes has spent time on the road with P.O.S., Brother Ali, and Blueprint in the past, and now, after taking some time off from the rap game, he's back with a new EP, The Earnest Project-Part 1. "Seeds To The Sun" is the first video drawn from Rhodes' new collection, and the uplifting, assured track is augmented by Dani Mueller's dulcet vocals during the chorus. Rhodes' rhymes are delivered with the confidence and clarity of a rapper who is looking to seize his moment, and the striking video, directed by Adam J. Dunn, only adds to the track's burning intensity. Rhodes is set to take part in the upcoming Mid West Music Fest in Winona with a show at Cloud 9/Dibs Cafe on April 19.
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