Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.
A premiere of Van Stee's brand new music video launches this week. We've also got new clips from Coastal Cabins, Pieta Brown, Dwell & the Shape Ship, and Choral Reefr. We're also featuring live performance videos from Brad Peterson, Har Mar Superstar and Lizzo on the Lowertown Line, a new episode of Spaces featuring BBGUN, a Radio K in-studio from Maeth, and a wondrously bizarre interview with Andrew Bird conducted by Jeremy Ylvisaker. Enjoy!
Van Stee - "She Writes"
Van Stee are back with their first new material since their full-length debut, We Are. And we are pleased to be premiering their stylish new video for "She Writes," a single that will be available digitally on August 10 -- when the track also gets debuted on the Local Show. To celebrate their flurry of recent activity and new material, the band will be performing at Icehouse on August 16, along with bass player Jimmy Stofer's project, Weather Maps, who are having a CD release party that night as well. As for "She Writes," the textured, pulsating new track has echoes of the elegant fragility of Fleet Foxes layered in the mix, while lyrically the song stands as a touching tribute from a daughter to her father. The cinematic, Twin Peaks-inspired video was directed by Brant Miller and Ryan Underbakke, who perfectly capture the poignancy of the mesmerizing track. Van Stee have been busy recording their second album with Lance Conrad at Humans Win! Studio, and hopefully they share more glorious new work with us all soon enough.
BBGUN - Spaces Ep. 6
BBGUN are definitely a band best seen live, as their songs dynamically come to life. The talented crew at Spaces perfectly capture the band's energy in their new episode, which was shot at Neil Weir's Old Blackberry Way studio in Minneapolis. The group plays three tracks from their self-titled debut that have been staples of their live shows of late, "Everybody Smokes," "Devon," and "Tire Fire," and all three numbers resonate in the small studio space. In order to more intimately connect with their fans -- as well as have some backyard summertime fun with their friends -- BBGUN has thrown a few BB-Bonfire Sessions, where they play a stripped down set of music with other local bands and artists, in the warm confines of their friend's backyards. But if you can't see them there, catch BBGUN at the Cedar on October 3 as they open for the Ericksons album release show.
Har Mar Superstar - "Power Lunch feat. Lizzo (Live on the Lowertown Line)
Fresh off of announcing a new string of episodes for the fall, the Lowertown Line gives another vivid glimpse of just how fun their live sessions are with a video drawn from Har Mar Superstar's recent performance. A shirtless and in the groove Har Mar is assisted by the vocal stylings of Lizzo, who adds a soulful undertone to "Power Lunch." The band sounds feisty and funky, while the crowd is clearly enjoying themselves in tpt's intimate live studio. While the Lowertown Line is planning on taking their act on the road this fall due to renovations at their St. Paul building, the live energy and intimacy of these performances will certainly continue in the upcoming episodes. Before heading back over to Europe for some shows in September, Har Mar Superstar has another local show planned, as he's taking part in the stacked MN Music on a Stick bill at the Minnesota State Fair on August 30, along with Brother Ali, Doomtree, Bob Mould, Cloud Cult, and the Cactus Blossoms.
Coastal Cabins - "We Were Young"
Getting a submission from an artist I've never heard before makes compiling Local Frames every week so gratifying. Such is the case with Coastal Cabins, a young indie-folk rock band comprised of two Minneapolis-based Luther College students, Jack Ross and Robert Marston. The pair are set to release their debut, self-titled EP tomorrow, and to promote its release, they have put together a video for the poignant first single from the collection, the exquisite "We Were Young." The track was recorded at home here in Minneapolis, as well as in their dorm rooms an the Jensen-Noble Hall of Music at Luther. Marston is featured on lead vocals, while Ross played all of the other instruments except the saxophone, which was played by Avery Mossman. The tranquil, retro-tinged outdoors footage featured in the video perfectly compliments the refined elegance of the moving number. Keep an eye and an ear out for Coastal Cabins -- I can't wait to hear more from this group.
Pieta Brown - "All My Rain"
Pieta Brown is back with a new forthcoming record, Paradise Outlaw, which will be released on September 30 on St. Paul's Red House Records. The talented singer/songwriter headed out to Justin Vernon's April Base Studio to record her stirring new tracks, and "All My Rain" is the first single lifted from that highly anticipated collection. The nimble but refined acoustic guitar work gradually gives way to Brown's dulcet vocals, which drift wistfully over the track's muted arrangements, while the video by Fringed Productions adds a ghostly, somber undertone to the number. The new album features a string of Brown's originals, as well as a duet with Amos Lee, a guest appearance from Vernon himself, and a Mark Knopfler cover. But if "All My Rain" is anything to go by, this should be one release we all will be immersing ourselves in this coming fall.
Andrew Bird - Interview by Jeremy Ylvisaker
You wouldn't expect a conversation between Andrew Bird and Jeremy Ylvisaker (aka Evelyn Llewellyn) to be boring, and this clip is anything but dull. The pair of talented musicians gathered for a chat at the Guthrie Theater, and while the clip was recorded a while ago, it is just now being released to coincide with Bird's appearance at Indie Night of the Skyline Music Festival this Friday at Target Field. The whole interview has a Monty Python comedic edge to it, and when Llewellyn/Ylvisaker describes Bird as, "the white Tom Sawyer," I frankly lost it and coffee just about came out of my nose. Bird for his part plays up the interview as the (somewhat) straight man, fielding Jeremy's off-the-wall questions about the "food pyramid of deceit" with dry humor, all while trying desperately to not burst out laughing. Bird and his band (featuring Ylvisaker, Mike Lewis, and Martin Dosh) will be much more comfortable on stage on Friday, but get some chuckles in before the show by checking out this peculiar interview clip.
Dwell & the Shape Ship - "Pusher"
Dwell & the Shape Ship are back with a new video for "Pusher," which is drawn from their forthcoming record. The harrowing, junkie-filled video for "Pusher" was directed, produced, shot and edited by Mercies May, who did a fantastic job giving the funky, hip-hop track an edgy, cinematic backdrop. The reggae-tinged beat of the song builds to a rousing chorus that echoes Ice-T's 1988 Power classic, "I'm Your Pusher." Dwell's vocalist Mike Saeger makes a cameo in the clip, but the rest of the cast is filled out by recognizable local Fringe actors Ali Daniels and Greg Hernandez, along with comedians Sidney Oxburough and Ron Lamprecht, who all do a fantastic job bringing the sad drama to life. Dwell & the Shape Ship are having an album release show at the Triple Rock on August 29 with Literati and Unknown Prophets.
Choral Reefr - "Free Throw"
Jess Oleson from Shakin' Babies recently hit the road for a string of solo shows as Choral Reefr, her atmospheric electro-pop side-project. To mark the occasion, she put out a tour tape called A Sparkling Chill, and has just released a tranquil clip for one of the standout tracks from that collection, "Free Throw." Oleson did the video herself, which features footage from the tour, shimmering, summery underwater images, as well as picturesque glimpses of her travels to the Nassau Reefs. It all combines stylishly, while augmenting the serene grooves of the hypnotic track itself.
Maeth - "Wolves (Live on Radio K)"
We don't feature nearly enough metal here on Local Frames, so I was stoked to hear that St. Paul hellraisers, Maeth, recently dropped by the Radio K studios to rattle those hallowed walls and rock our airwaves. The guys all awesomely decided to go shirtless for their in-studio session, and when you rock this fiercely, that's certainly a good idea. This ferocious, riff-heavy clip is for "Wolves," which is drawn from the band's blistering recent record, Oceans Into Ashes, which they released this past September. The group is set to hit the road for their first major tour, and is set to bring the noise to cities throughout the U.S., including a tour kickoff show at the Riverboat in Minneapolis on August 15.
Brad Peterson - "All You Need Is Love"
Following Paul McCartney's legendary and uplifting show at Target Field on Saturday night, it's only fitting to conclude this week's Local Frames with a local musician covering the Beatles. Brad Peterson is a recent Minneapolis transplant from Chicago, and he is making some sweet tunes at his Nordeast home. This tender ukulele version of "All You Need Is Love" features his understated uke strains as well as a strong, impassioned vocal delivery that captures the unifying, simple spirit of the classic Beatles' song. It's nice to have Peterson making and sharing his music here in Minneapolis, and this gentle cover reminds us all to be kinder to each other, as well as the enduring appeal of the Beatles' timeless music.
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