Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.
Southside Desire are back with a new video for a single appearing on their forthcoming full-length. We're also featuring new clips from Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Teenage Moods, Adam Levy, Deep Pool, Ashley DuBose, Vaski, Bae Tigre, the Person & the People, and a promo video from Barbara Jean's new album. Enjoy!
Southside Desire - "The Ledge"
Southside Desire are set to celebrate the release of their self-titled second album at the 7th St. Entry on Wednesday, October 22. And in advance of their big show, they have shared a video for a soulful, catchy single from that album, "The Ledge," which was directed by backup singer Gloria Iacono along with Rusty Detty and Carlos Lamas from the local post-punk band the Skinnys. The playful clip was shot around Nicollet Island and Martin Luther King Park, and features some cameos from family members of the band as well as the extended Piñata Records team.
Koo Koo Kanga Roo - "Unibrow"
The exuberant party starters Koo Koo Kanga Roo have released another lively video drawn from their new record, Whoopty Whoop, this time for "Unibrow." The summer fun in the sun-themed clip -- created by Kenny Abdo, Ben Johnson, and Nick Abdo -- has a wild Caddy Day at the pool feel to it, with hijinks and hilarity abounding. There are plenty of familiar faces in the video (including fellow Local Frames' faves Stereo Confession), with everyone grooving to the sounds of the dynamic duo while also donning appropriate (and mildly frightening) unibrows for the occasion.
Teenage Moods - "Light Bright"
Teenage Moods are back with a video for "Light Bright," a vibrant track from their forthcoming new EP, Rosebuds, which is set to be released on No Problem Records on October 31. Gordon Byrd directed the clip for his band, as well, capturing the band is resplendent, neon drenched colors that suggest the classic Hasbro kids' toy Lite-Brite. Teenage Moods are celebrating the release of their EP with a show at the Hexagon Bar on October 31, before hitting the road for a West Coast tour.
Adam Levy - "Take It As It Comes"
Adam Levy shares a tranquil single, "Take It As It Comes," drawn from his forthcoming solo album, Naubinway, which is due out in 2015. The video for the number was shot at Sea Life Aquarium, which enhances the serene nature of the song. The video was shot and put together by the talented MN Original crew, who stylishly capture Levy with just his acoustic guitar and rich, resonant vocals, all while menacing sharks and other colorful sea life swims around him. Hopefully, when the new album's release draws near, Levy will once again grace our local stages and share these solo tunes with us.
Deep Pool - "Suits"
Deep Pool is the brainchild of the Hang Ups' Jeff Kearns, who has enlisted a slew of talented local musicians to help bring his songs to life on the group's lovely debut album, Something in the Eye. Kearns is joined by his fellow Korda Records label/band mate Brian Tighe, Mark Shumacher, and Freddy Votel, who all add their own distinctive flourishes to the material. The first single and video (done by Kearns as well) drawn from that new collection is for the raucous, guitar-fueled jam "Suits." The group is celebrating the debut with a show at the Turf Club on Wednesday, October 22, where they will be joined by OldGold and Runes Av Vaskeri.
Ashley DuBose - "Perfect"
The buzz behind St. Paul singer-songwriter Ashley DuBose's highly successful appearance on the Voice hasn't died down a bit, and she capitalizes on that continued attention with this splendid new video for "Perfect." The uplifting video was directed by Ben Hughes, who let's Ashley's golden vocals and effervescent personality carry the clip. DuBose is currently in rehearsals for her forthcoming record release, and based on the strength of this bubbly track the record should only brighten Ashley's rising star.
Vaski - "Weightless"
A few weeks back we featured a video highlighting Vaski's enjoyable experience DJing at a Minnesota Twins game. Now, the local musician is back with an official video for "Weightless," the title track to his new EP. The cinematic new clip was directed by Grant Spanier and Jake Woodbridge, who capture the exuberance and unlimited possibilities of a night out on the town. Vaski's catchy, ethereal beats are augmented here by Beak Nasty, who adds to the track's swelling, buoyant vibes.
Bae Tigre - "Now or Never"
Bae Tigre is a new signee to the Polkadot Mayhem creative family, and this video for the intoxicating new single, "Now or Never," boldly announces her arrival on the scene. The electro-pop group is fronted and led by Ranelle, whose dreamy vocals bring this lovely track to vibrant life. The video was directed by fellow Local Frames staple Botzy and Kyle Franke, and their striking visuals complement the song's illusory, trancelike quality.
The Person & the People - "NYC Freakout"
The Person & the People are set to release their new album, What a Drag, on Sunday, October 26, at the Triple Rock, along with their friends in Taj Raj and LOTT. And in advance of their big release show, the St. Paul quartet has released a truly bizarre video for their song, "NYC Freakout." After viewing this clip, you might never look at Superman and Wonder Woman in exactly the same way again. And in some truly strange way, the peculiar video perfectly suits the song, which expresses genuine concerns about how unfamiliar things can frighten us.
Barbara Jean - Darker Than Blue Promo
Barbara Jean is set to release her new album, Darker Than Blue, in November, with a record release show already set at Icehouse on November 22. In advance of that release, the Grand Marais-based singer-songwriter has put out this promo video for her star-studded new album, which features contributions from Mason Jennings, Chastity Brown, Frankie Lee, and Mike Lewis (among others). Jean shot most of the video footage herself, including a rare glimpse of a wolf pack she caught while on her way to work early one morning on the North Shore. The song snippets featured in the clip sound glorious, and this upcoming release is definitely one you should all be paying close attention to in the coming months.
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