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.
This week we kick things off with a brand new video from the burgeoning local duo, Strange Names, who are currently at work finishing up their debut full-length. We're also highlighting new clips from Greg Grease, Lioness, El Le Faunt, ACTN, Killstreak, and Haphduzn and Dimitry Killstorm, which features a guest spot from Slug. There's a dynamic in-studio performance from CHVRCHES taken from their visit to the Current before their recent sold-out show at First Avenue, as well as a sweet City of Music video from Majical Cloudz directed by Dan Huiting. In addition to all of that, the folks at Summer Set have put together a really cool video compiling some of the memorable sights and sounds of their festival. Enjoy!
Strange Names - "Potential Wife"
While the guys in Strange Names are busy writing and recording new material for their highly anticipated debut full-length, the just dropped a fun and fresh new video for the insanely catchy "Potential Wife" to tide us all over. The track is lifted from their self-titled EP, and finds both Liam and Francis -- who shot, edited, and directed the video as well -- playing around with random props while having plenty of fun in the sun, which only adds to the buoyant nature of the track itself.
Greg Grease - "Continuum"
Greg Grease is back with a smooth new video for "Continuum," from his excellent recent EP, Black King Cole. This retro-styliszed clip was directed by Fun Zach, with animation done by David Park, all complimenting the fresh beats and rhymes that Greg is delivering. Grease and DJ Just Nine have a reggae night planned at Honey on September 26th, where the duo, who call themselves SPCE WZRD, will be spinning some dancehall, soul, ska, and hip-hop tracks.
CHVRCHES - "Recover (Live on the Current)"
Glasgow's CHVRCHES are now a perfect two for two in memorable local shows, and before their recent sold-out First Ave gig, the trio dropped by the Current studios to play this stripped-down but still devastating version of "Recover." The focus in this rendition shifts to Lauren Mayberry's pleading, angelic vocals instead of the pulsating beats which drives so much of their music, and this restrained take only magnifies the meaning and sentiment of the song.
Haphduzn & Dimitry Killstorm - "TOFU (Feat. Slug)"
We recently featured the dynamic duo of Haphduzn and Dimitry Killstorm as part of our focus on the Lights and a Backdrop series, and now the pair are back with an official video for "TOFU," and they brought along Slug to help make the track even more banging. The clip is the fourth lifted from the duo's recent record, Whittier Alliance, and finds the guys having some truly disgusting fun in a restaurant kitchen before they find themselves in a much more comfortable environment rocking the stage.
Majical Cloudz - "This Is Magic (City of Music session)"
Back in August when Majical Cloudz were in Minneapolis to play the Entry, the group also took some time out to shoot a City of Music video for their hypnotic track, "This Is Magic." The stark white surroundings only adds to the haunting appeal of the song, with Dan Huiting and his talented crew perfectly capturing the raw emotions of the track by removing all unnecessary distractions and diversions. It's truly a lovely, moving clip.
The Lioness - "Real Hip-Hop"
Emerging Minneapolis MC, the Lioness, captured the attention of the local hip-hop scene when she released Most Anticipated back in 2011. Now, the Lioness is back with the old-school flavored beats and rhymes of "Real Hip-Hop," which takes the art form back to the simpler days of boom boxes playing jams in the park. The track is lifted from her vibrant new album, The Lioness - Queen, with the summertime-themed clip directed and edited by the 13twentythree Photography crew.
ACTN - "Alone Together"
The gloomy electro-pop Minneapolis outfit ACTN are back with their second digital 7-inch of the year, the "Alone Together/Step Away" split, and this dark, enigmatic video for "Alone Together" builds on the pulsing menace of the song itself. Gus Watkins, of Hot Ashes, has shifted his creative focus to the shadowy, electronic churn of ACTN, and based on the strength of the singles he's released so far, this new direction clearly suits him.
Summer Set Music & Camping Festival 2013 - Official Video Recap
There was a lot of fun to be had at this year's Summer Set Festival, and this recap video manages to capture plenty of the sights and sounds of the festivities in Wisconsin. The fans and the bands themselves are all caught enjoying themselves under the bright summer sun. Until next year, Summer Set.
El Le Faunt & His Traveling Circus - "Devil In Hand"
El Le Faunt are back with a forthcoming new record, El Le Faunt & His Traveling Circus, and the bouncy swing of "Devil In Hand" is the first track the group are sharing from the album. The sprightly, horn-laden number has some ominous undertones blended fluidly with the upbeat vibrancy of the arrangements. The clip, directed and edited by Thomas Reinert, captures the band having some fun playing the track in their basement, which adds a more natural charm to the song. The record is set to ship around Halloween, which is perfect timing to coincide with the album's darker themes.
Killstreak - "Supernatural"
The Minneapolis hip-hop crew, Killstreak, have recently released their new album, Janus, back in July, and have just put out their first video in support of the record for a track called "Supernatural." The clip, which has a bit of a murder-mystery theme going on, was directed by Kale Eickhof, and adds to the spirited menace of the song itself.
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