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 start things off this week with the powerful new video from No Bird Sing, lifted from their album, Definition Sickness, released by Strange Famous Records. We've also got new vids from Taj Raj, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Lovely Dark, George Hadfield, and Chicago's Supreme Cuts, which features vocals from Poliça's Channy Leaneagh. We're also featuring some terrific live performance clips from SCRNS, Dan Mariska & the Boys Choir, PRGRPHS, and Narco States. Enjoy!
No Bird Sing - "APOGEE"
No Bird Sing's national fan base grew a lot wider when the trio signed to Strange Famous Records, who recently released their rousing new album, Definition Sickness. For the second video from their new collection, the group leaned hard on Aby Wolf, who not only lends her backing vocals to the track, but stars in the video (along with Joe Horton) as well. The clip, which was directed by Horton and Patrick Pegg, artfully captures a couple in conflict, and the games that are often played in any relationship, both literally and figuratively. The track and the video both build to an elegant, impassioned conclusion, with No Bird Sing yet again making a bold musical statement that will resonate with fans both new and old.
Taj Raj - "Change of Mind"
Taj Raj are back with a serene new clip for "Change of Mind," the final video from their terrific recent EP, Fine Hearts Alive. The somber, mournful video was directed by Colin Kopp, who perfectly captures the feeling of desolation imbued in the track itself. The group is set to play Night One of the Southern Theater Sessions on February 27, which will also feature intimate acoustic performances from LOTT, Gabriel Douglas, batteryboy, and Farewell Milwaukee, with a whole host of other talented performers taking part over the following two nights. It will surely be a wonderful series of shows at the cozy Southern Theater.
Koo Koo Kanga Roo - "Food Fight"
Koo Koo Kanga Roo have been entertaining audiences filled with both kids and adults for years now, attracting praise from music fans across the country. Their choreographed, interactive dance parties prove to be irresistible to even the most jaded music lover, and Bryan and Neil have cultivated quite a following due to their boundless energy and highly enjoyable performances. The group has unearthed a new video for "Food Fight," which they just "saved from the wreckage" and finally released. The clip was directed and filmed by Benjamin Singer, and edited by Benjamin Johnson, and manages to capture some of the supreme fun the group generates with their music. Koo Koo Kanga Roo will once again be performing at the Current's Rock the Cradle event at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on March 2, which is a guaranteed good time for music lovers of all ages.
Supreme Cuts - "Envision (ft. Channy of Poliça)"
Chicago electro-pop duo Supreme Cuts enlisted a whole host of local talent to help out on their new single, "Envision." In addition to the ghostly backing vocals of Poliça's Channy Leaneagh, they also got Minneapolis filmmaker Braden Lee to direct, shoot, and edit the video for the track, which he shot in NE Minneapolis, a St. Paul laundromat, parts of Duluth, and the ice caves in the Apostle Islands. It all adds up to a striking combination of sights and sounds, as Supreme Cuts' intoxicating beats are stylishly complimented by the wintry images featured in the clip as well as Channy's mesmerizing vocals.
SCRNS - "TTYN (Live on the Current)"
SCRNS seem poised to break out big in 2014. Armed with a collection of infectious, enthralling demos, the Minneapolis electro-pop duo (comprised of Holwer bassist Max Petrek and vocalist Erin Ross) are already winning over local music fans in a major way. The group recently dropped by the Current studios to perform a beguiling live session, which features this hypnotic version of their current single, "TTYN." SCRNS are part of a stellar all-local bill tonight at the Triple Rock, where they will be playing with Strange Names and Frankie Teardrop, with Night Moves providing a DJ set throughout the night to add to the fun.
Lovely Dark - "Into the Roil"
Minneapolis psych-folk sextet Lovely Dark have just released a haunting new video for the title track from their forthcoming new album, Into The Roil. The cinematic clip was directed by Kevin Russell, and stars the band's husband and wife songwriters, Sonia and Travis Even. The group recorded their new album in one highly productive weekend at Crazy Beast Studio, and are celebrating with a record release show at Cause on March 1, with Speed's the Name and Fury Things.
PRGRPHS - "Last Words: Kurt Russell (Live on Radio K)"
Minneapolis post-rock duo PRGRPHS recently dropped by the Radio K studios for a fantastic live session, which featured this simmering take on "Last Words: Kurt Russell," which is drawn from their stellar recent release, You're Ridiculous (I Love You). This sprawling live studio version (shot by Tyler Croat, Madie Hamilton, and Kevin Karner and edited by Jack Buckholz) captures the textured elegance of the band's expansive, distinctive sound.
George Hadfield - "Never Told a Lie"
Usonia's George Hadfield has branched out on his own for an electro-pop side-project. And the first track he's offering up from his ethereal, synth-driven new sound is "Never Told A Lie," which gets a futuristic, Tron-like video treatment from local director Adam J. Dunn that only adds to the track's transfixing, poppy charms.
Dan Mariska and the Boys Choir - Live in Brooklyn at Live By The Sword Studio
While Dan Mariska and the Boys Choir were out on tour recently, they dropped by Live By The Sword Studios in Brooklyn, and recorded this terrific live session. The performance was shot and edited by Dale Krupla of Fez Empire Productions, while the audio was recorded by the Bushwick Hotel's Gregory Ferreira. It all adds up to a stellar live session, with the unique surroundings only adding to the charm of the performance. You can catch Dan Mariska and the Boys Choir at the 7th Street Entry on March 23, as part of the Crash Bandits' CD release show, along with the Person and the People and Glow Mechanics.
Narco States - "Amputated (Live at Hymie's Records)"
Here's another fantastic video shot by Dan Huiting as part of PBR's Live at Hymie's Records series. This one captures an explosive live performance from the organ drenched garage-rock quintet Narco States. The group certainly shook Hymie's extensive vinyl collection with this untamed performance within the shop's intimate confines, which was captured exquisitely by Huiting and his talented crew. You can catch Narco States at Lee's Liquor Lounge on Saturday, March 8, as part of a rocking bill featuring L'Assassins, Trim Reaper, Violent Shifters, and DJ Shannon Blowtorch.
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