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


Each week, Local Frames feels like a Greatest Hits collection.

The Twin Cities music scene is so vast that, every Monday, we can feature five artists totally different from the previous week and still promote marquee-worthy musicians. It makes getting emails suck a lot less when they're from musicians whose work you're genuinely excited to feature.

This week is no different. We have one of the Twin Cities' most popular producers joined by a pair of the most hyped, up-and-coming bands. Then, there's the Picked to Click nominee who's already had two successful projects and the unheralded hip-hop duo who will probably find themselves in P2C within the coming years. Hard not to get excited.

Big Cats — "Crooked Face Dumb Fuck"

Big Cats is one of the most sought-after producers working out of the Twin Cities for good reason. The real-life Spencer Wirth-Davis has made impressive collaborations with Toki Wright, Eric Mayson, and Homeless. The local beatsmith is a hot commodity, but right now Cats is working on promoting his solo shit. "Crooked Face Dumb Fuck" is our first glimpse at what the forthcoming What If It Doesn't Get Better? might sound like.

In waves of keys and sublimated voices, the song  creates permeable moods of wonder and melancholy. Look for Big Cats on the wheels at What's Up Lounge in Mankato on March 13. What If It Doesn't Get Better?  will be out March 25, with a release party the following day at the Amsterdam.

A Piano in Every Home — "Waiting on a Big Jet Plane"

It's only February, but A Piano in Every Home are early favorites for 2016 year-end lists in the Twin Cities. The combination of Jake Pavek, Travis Erickson, Jake Wallenius, and Mark Newcome Kartarik has been impressing with rich, warm songwriting since the band's 2013 debut, Meridian. The upcoming two-part North American Review — part I out March 19, part II out in May — shows the St. Paul folksters are growing not only in age but in ambition.

"Waiting on a Big Jet Plane" is not the album's first single, but its cozy attic setting reveals more about North American Review than any of the band's previous releases. With their breath freezing in the air, the four share a common mic to unspool their Americana blues. A Piano in Every Home will release the first half of their album on March 19 at Icehouse. Chris Koza opens.

Suzie — "Isn't It Funny?"

Night Moves castoff Suzie premiered his new video "Isn't It Funny?" over at Bullett Media, with writer Juston Moran saying that the video's aesthetic resembles, "something you’d discover in an old movie store’s dollar VHS section and rip onto YouTube."

Not far off, as famously retro Suzie mastermind Mark Ritsema has, since his 2014 Picked-to-Click-making debut, evoked a particularly '80s glam style that's bled deep into the synthesizer-augmented sounds of his music. Simultaneously overexposed and washed out, "Isn't It Funny?" is a harbinger of Suzie's sophomore release, which should be expected sometime before 2017.

Perfume Monster — "Bad"

Perfume Monster is like a band full of Justin Timberlakes. With that kind of sensuality, it's no wonder the Minneapolis band has romanced so many critics. Their debut EP, A Slow Drip, is typified by the dreamy single "Bad," which now gets a psychedelic visual treatment to help set the mood.

After playing First Ave's Best New Bands showcase last month, Perfume Monster will be at the Entry on Saturday as part of Radio K's Gigawatt party. Here's hoping they repeat their emotive, nearly erotic, set. Here's hoping people stop calling them "Perfume Monsters," too.

Late Arrival — "Drifting"

I wonder what time it was when Late Arrival filmed their new video for "Drifting." In the video, emcee El walks down a spookily empty Lowry Avenue bridge in Northeast, nary a car in sight. The laidback cut from HAMARTIA (which drops TODAY) establishes the duo of El and Hex as carefree spirits.

You know, the type that post up in the middle of a bridge in the night to shoot their video. There's an enlightenment to the song, though, as El rhymes his way to the realization that drifting isn't the worst way to find your purpose. 

Dream of seeing your video appear in Local Frames? Email writer Jerard Fagerberg at [email protected].