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.
We get things started this week with a video from BNLX, shot while the group was on tour in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Stay put for new clips from ACTN, the 4onthefloor, Chris Koza, André Cymone, 7th Ascent, Nathan Eliot, and Guilt Ridden Pop signees, Brief Candles. We're also featuring some rousing live performances from Fury Things and Frankie Teardrop. Enjoy!
BNLX - "Opposites Attract"
Noise pop trio BNLX recently decamped to South America for some live dates in the warmth of the Southern Hemisphere. While their fans back home were all jealous of the sunshine and beach life that the band immersed themselves in (especially drummer David Jarnstrom), they graciously put together a music video of their pleasurable adventures in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to prove to us all that they were actually "working" down there. The clip for their new song, "Opposites Attract" finds the band lightheartedly performing on a balcony overlooking the city, while also documenting some of their excursions around town. The track is lifted off of BNLX's stellar new compilation Produit Collecté (Collected Product), which assembles tracks from all eight of their terrific EP's.
Fury Things - "Matter (Live at First Avenue)"
Garage rock trio Fury Things recently proved that they had no trouble taking their blistering, guitar-fueled sound to the big stage at First Ave, as they delivered a raucous set at the recent Best New Bands showcase. This video (captured by Sam Kovar, Josh Becker, and Nate Maydole) for "Matter" captures the band in all their boisterous glory, tearing through a new track that they recorded at Flowers Studio with BNLX's Ed Ackerson. The group is currently working on their debut full-length, which they hopefully will share with all of us soon enough. But in the meantime, turn this scorching performance clip up to 11, and catch them live (with a host of other kick-ass bands) at Ecstattic Fest at the Turf Club on March 23.
Frankie Teardrop - "Stop (Live on the Current)"
Another artist that made quite a great impression at the Best New Bands showcase was Frankie Teardrop. Frankie and his potent band recently dropped by the Current studios for a spirited live session, including this jam, "Stop." The track is lifted from Frankie's stellar Tough Guy EP, and showcases his ramshackle guitar work and penchant for catchy-as-hell hooks and melodies. Teardrop is currently in the process of writing and recording new material, and hopefully those new tracks see the light of day real soon, because Frankie and his rowdy band are giving the local music scene a welcome kick in the ass and we all need more of that in our lives.
ACTN - "Body Out"
Minneapolis death-pop outfit, ACTN, are back with an intoxicating new EP, Body Out, and they have just released an ominous video for the funky, textured title track to that collection. The video features the menacing, slow-motion actions of a falcon (or hawk), which only adds to the simmering nature of the beat-driven song itself. You can catch ACTN live at Cause on March 28, as part of an experimental, electro-fueled lineup featuring KPT, Makr, and Marc Gartman's Fever Dream.
The 4onthefloor - "Off the Cuff"
The 4onthefloor are back with another new music video, this time for their gritty jam, "Off The Cuff." The heist-inspired clip was directed, produced, and edited by the talented Jesse Caffrey, who convinced the band to don ski masks while they perform on surveillance footage film. The track is lifted off of 4otf's excellent recent record, Spirit of Minneapolis, which captures the high-energy musical hijinks of the band. The group -- typically one of the hardest working bands you'll ever encounter -- are taking a well-deserved break from the local live scene, but you can catch the 4onthefloor at the Jefferson Event Center in Winona on April 25, as part of this year's Mid West Music Fest.
Chris Koza - "In Real Time"
Minneapolis singer/songwriter (and Rogue Valley frontman) Chris Koza is in the process of putting the finishing touches on a solo record. And this lovely, intimate clip of him performing "In Real Time" gives fans an idea of what to expect from that new album. Koza filmed this clip during an artist retreat up in Northern Minnesota on Mallard Island, and is joined by the Guess Ready Review. The piano-laden number contains subtle hints of the Beatles' "Let It Be" within the redolent melody, while Chris' serene vocals guide the song forward. Expect this track to be included on Koza's forthcoming solo effort, which hopefully we'll all get to hear sometime quite soon. In the meantime, be sure to catch Rogue Valley at the Aster Cafe on March 14, as they will be partnering with NorthGate Brewing for a special event pairing their music with a special Chocolate Cherry Porter brew -- sounds delectable.
7th Ascent - "Battleground"
Minneapolis prog-metal quartet 7th Ascent are back with a new video for "Battleground," the lead-off track from their self-titled full-length debut. The video was directed by Ben Hughes, and the track itself is featured in Hughes' debut feature film, Continuum. The song itself has a bit of A Perfect Circle vibe to it, with lead singer Ryanne Noelle giving the track an intense edge with her impassioned vocals.
Brief Candles - "Olympic Sleeper"
While Brief Candles is technically a Milwaukee-by-way-of Peoria, Illinois, band, the group is part of the fantastic roster on Minneapolis record label, Guilt Ridden Pop, which means we will probably (hopefully) be seeing more of them around town. In fact, Brief Candles are set to play at the Triple Rock this Friday night (March 7), as part of a great bill with Dead Leaf Echo, Lightfoils, and Chatham Rise. "Olympic Sleeper" is the lead off track on their GRP-released EP, Newhouse, and the video (directed by Ryan Sarnowski) features a playful reworking of an old 120 Minutes clip, as well as the band performing while wearing LED bracelets and LED lights on their fingers, giving the vid an artistic, futuristic look.
Nathan Eliot - "Brain Break"
Nathan Eliot has been a regular fixture in the local music scene for years, but the talented musician/songwriter is just now finally getting ready to release his debut album, Universe In Me, on March 28. "Brain Break" is the first track lifted from Eliot's forthcoming record, and the video for the new number was done by Jason Schumacher & Alex Kohnstamm. The track has hints of Andrew Bird as well as the Dirty Projectors, as Eliot worked with Grammy-nominated producer Andy Thompson (and some notable Twin Cities musicians) to help bring his debut album together. Eliot is justifiably celebrating the release of his new record at the Aster Cafe on March 28, along with Verskotzi and the Lynn O'Brien Trio. It should be a lovely night of music indeed.
André Cymone - "Rock and Roll"
One-time Prince bassist André Cymone is busting back out on the scene in a big way, with his new record, The Stone, his first new album in 25 years. This lively video for "Rock and Roll" is drawn from that new record (which you can currently stream in its entirety over at Okayplayer), and finds Cymone in a decidedly funky and inspired mood. The beat is smooth, the lyrics are lascivious, and the entire song is one big jam from start to finish. The live performance video was directed by Eric Alan Donaldson, who captures the spirit and energy of the song perfectly.
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