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

Christopher David Hanson Band

Christopher David Hanson Band

New year, new me. Right.

With the birth of 2016 comes the easily hashtagged, more easily forgotten, resolutions for self-improvement and social betterment. New Year's Day is as much a time of change as it is evidence that things stay the same. From the perspective of the Minneapolis music scene, that means a continued outflow of quality music videos from local independent artists.

We start and end with hits from local collective Common Culture. We also get visuals from a St. Louis County band with a Biblical sense of humor, a hard-hustling Minneapolis rapper, and a teenage auteur. If this entry into Local Frames is a good barometer, 2016 should be more of the same — and that's a very good thing.

Christopher Michael Jensen — "Maniac"

Minneapolis rapper Christopher Michael Jensen's latest cut is a caustic affair that comes from his latest release CM Cool J. With war-ready  bars like "You're an embarrassment / You should cut it out, like a Caesarian" spilled over industrial mayhem production courtesy of K. from Moodie Black, "Maniac" is an effective boast from the 29-year-old emcee. You can witness Chris Mike's mania live on Friday in Duluth at Twin Cities Hip-Hop Invasion 2.

Tongue Teeth — "Feeding Time"


A gorgeous, slow, yogic ballet centers the new video from 18-year-old auteur Jae Shin Cross. The song, from St. Paul's Tongue Teeth (fka Mackenzie Monk fka Shatter the Primate, formerly of Origami Bones) barely clocks in above a hushed whisper, making it an apt companion for Cross's burning visuals. The audio/visual parity calls back to the delicate work of Boston's Gem Club or, if we're being generous, Bjork. The video was celebrated with a release party on NYE, but we're happy to feature the work here for those who weren't on the limited guest list.

Feeding Time from Jae Shin Cross on Vimeo.

Christopher David Hanson Band — "Basket of Bones"

All the way from the wilds of Babbitt, Minnesota, come gospel group the Christopher David Hanson Band, whose latest single "Basket of Bones" wonders what the world might look like if a 9-5-schlepping workaday demon was suddenly broken out of the literal hell of his daily life by an angelic suitor. The swaying hymnal comes from the group's 2015 cut For Another Year. You can shake your basket of bones alongside the north country revivalists at 218 Taphouse (Virginia, January 28) or Cheap Thrills Bar (Chisholm, January 29).

Capoe Gramz — "Streets Calling" ft. A.R. Flamez

Minneapolis trap rapper Capoe Gramz has his eyes set on XXL's 2016 Freshman issue, and he's hinging that candidacy on his October mixtape Trap Poetry. He recruited fellow local independent A.R. Flamez for his cause, and the result is the heavily Autotuned, hustle-heavy "Streets Calling." Will the transposing scene of Minneapolis and faded chorus be enough to get Capoe and his Gramz Gang associates on the national radar? Only time will tell, but the devoted grinder is at least getting noticed in his home town for his continued persistence on the mic.

Aftrmind — "1461"

Twin Cities creative collaboration Common Culture had a busy close to 2015. They're responsible for the Christopher Michael Jensen video above as well as the newest from Beller, which isn't featured here but can be found on YouTube. Their second entry on this week's Local Frames comes from local oddity Aftrmind. His video for "1461" is supposed to illustrate the fakeness of the music industry (thus the mannequins), and the motor-mouthed rapper actually counterbalances this plasticness by putting on a show of how real it could be. The punctuate, catchy chorus is enough to embed itself in your head all day. 
Dream of seeing your video appear in Local Frames? Email writer Jerard Fagerberg at [email protected].