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Local Frames: This week's 5 must-see Minnesota music videos

A scene from the DJ Unwind and Levphonic video

A scene from the DJ Unwind and Levphonic video

Tomorrow, there will be light. The last day before the Winter Solstice, today marks the official end of fall and the beginning of winter, which means that the afternoon-induced darkness that's persisted since Daylight Savings will be pushed back to a normal time. We begin our visual playlist with an ode the bygone season of autumn and ends with a low-fi Christmas carol. Between those seasonal poles is a bevy of genres that ranges from screamo to atmospheric instrumental. Somewhere in the middle, a freak-folk band makes some beer and some music. Minneapolis is a funny city sometimes. Onward into winter, I suppose. Cagetones — "Nets of Silver and Gold" Now that the weather is definitely wintry and all the puddles have frozen into slippery lil' mirrors, it's about time someone said buh bye to autumn. Enter Minneapolis reverb aficionados Cagetones. Their video for new single "Nets of Silver and Gold" off 2012's Did You See the Moon? features an exaggerated timelapse of the entire season. Shot by album cover artist Jason P. Schumacher, the video is a gorgeous reminder that, before it got so butt-clenchingly cold in the Twin Cities, there was a beautiful season we all took for granted. Damn.
DJ Unwind and Levphonic — "Restless" Minneapolis producer DJ Unwind is teaming up with spiritually woke Californian Levphonic for a new project entitled Sunday Music, and he's leading the promo parade with a fluorescent, entrancing video for the instrumental wonder "Restless." The video hovers over a landscape of stupas in between shots of a highly coordinated dance right out of the Bhagavad Ghita. The song itself is windswept and relaxing — it has the feel of those ocean tapes insomniacs and bankers use to get to sleep at night — and the intricate, vivid visual helps create an experiential feel for the song. Sunday Music has no planned release date, but far from the temples of the Far East, it was completed in Unwind's Woodbury studio. 
Fairfax, AK — "White Lies of the Freeway" Minneapolis brewery Day Block runs a series called Bands that Brew where they invite bands onto the brew floor to try their hand at beermaking in return for a show at the brewery. Fairfax, AK returned their end of the bargain Saturday night, celebrating their release of Fairfax, AK Oatmeal Stout. If you missed the performance like I did, the band and the brewery put out this video which, in addition to following the alt-folk band as they brew their batch, features a performance of their new song "White Lies of the Freeway." You can catch Fairfax, AK at The Nicollet on the last Monday of every month all throughout 2016. You can drink Fairfax, AK Oatmeal Stout on nitro taps at Day Block while supplies last.
Goodbye Lucy Grey — "Healing Hands" St. Cloud hardcore band Goodbye Lucy Grey are a cathartic listen. From the bursting emotion of the chorus to the layered screaming on the outro, their new song "Healing Hands" is a palpitation-inducing ride, and the corresponding video — released earlier this month via Wondercloud Media — features a very literal embodiment of that emotional purging. In the short film (which was shot at Rochester's Forager Brewing Company), the band members convene to burn a box full of secrets. It's clandestine and understated, but with the coursing three-part harmony that closes the song and the video, it leaves a definitive impact.
Hustle Rose — "Put a Bow on It" A hearty fuck yeah for locally produced Christmas music. This carol comes courtesy of Minneapolis soul/funk outfit Hustle Rose, who are celebrating the love of the season. The video for "Put a Bow on It" features Hustle Rose frontman David Glen and local model/actress Leslie Barlow dancing through a crayon-colored world while the band is projected across Christmas ornaments in what is a light-heartedly low-budget ode to the year's most commercial holiday. Though the production quality may not light your yule log, the sultry sax of "Put a Bow on It" will make you wanna reach for the mistletoe this Christmas Eve.
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