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 seductive new (and slightly NSFW) video from Tickle Torture emphatically gets things going this week. Keep reading for new clips from the Ericksons, Munqs, Allan Kingdom (feat. Spooky Black), the Lioness, and Vision the Kid & Tru. This week also features cool live performance clips from Lizzo at Reading Festival, Phantom Tails at Radio K, Bob Mould at NPR's Tiny Desk, and Black Diet at Hair Police. Enjoy!
Tickle Torture - "You're Gonna Be My Baby"
Tickle Torture gets things heated up straight away with his sultry (and slightly NSFW) video for his pulsating new jam, "You're Gonna Be My Baby." The track is from Tickle Torture's highly anticipated forthcoming EP, Spectrophilia, due out on September 9 on Blood of the Young Records. The concept for the clip came from Mr. Tickle himself, Elliott Kozel, while it was directed by Ryan Kron Thompson, and produced/edited by Dan Huiting. There's an erotic quality to all of Tickle Torture's work, but he pushes those traits to the hilt in the red-hot track and video. Catch the carnal spectacle that is the Tickle Torture live show at the Entry on September 6, as Elliott celebrates the release of Spectrophilia with his cohorts Pony Bwoy and C. Kostra.
Black Diet - "Do A Little Wrong (Live at Hair Police)"
Black Diet have been all over local stages for months on end, and now the irrepressible sextet decided to get down and do their soulful thing at the unlikeliest of music venues -- the Uptown salon, Hair Police. But somehow the combination works brilliantly, as the group brings "Do A Little Wrong" to the stylish locale. The clip is shot in the vein of La Blogothèque's 'Take Away Show,' which delivered live performances from unique, distinctive locations. Director and editor David Tullis (Black Diet's drummer) does a wonderful job continuing that creative trend with this clip, as the band makes themselves right at home in the salon, while their patrons get a free show with their haircut. You can catch Black Diet when they open for the legendary Lee Fields & the Expressions at the Cedar on September 18.
Munqs - "At Night"
Back in June, the synth-drenched, electro-rock duo Munqs released their gloriously textured new album, How Dark. Now the tranquil, haunting centerpiece of the album, "At Night," has an equally compelling -- but shockingly violent -- video, directed by the relentlessly busy Adam J Dunn. The clip captures the moody vibe of the song perfectly, playing up the "At Night" theme, just with a vicious twist, as a sexy, drug-laden night around the campfire takes a decidedly dark, horrific turn. The song is enthralling and intoxicating, with expert production and arrangements by Corey Lawson, and with the help of this striking video, you won't forget the track or its accompanying visuals anytime soon.
The Ericksons - "My Love"
Folk-rock sister duo the Ericksons return with a glorious new album, Bring Me Home, on September 30. The first single and video lifted from the record is the utterly captivating, "My Love," which has a surprising electro-pop element to it that only compliments the golden harmonies of Bethany Valentini and Jenny Kapernick. The Ericksons decamped to Justin Vernon's April Base studio to record the new album, along with Beau Sorenson and co-producer Sean Carey. The talented songwriters assembled a top notch band around them (featuring Field Report's Ben Lester and Shane Leonard along with Minneapolis virtuoso Mike Lewis) to help bring these exquisite songs to life, and the results are stunning and quite moving. You can catch the Ericksons performing at MPR Day at the Minnesota State Fair tomorrow (August 29), as well as at the Varsity Theater with Jessica Lea Mayfield on September 16, and their big Record Release Show for Bring Me Home at the Cedar on October 3 along with BBGUN.
Allan Kingdom - "Wavey (Feat. Spooky Black)"
Allan Kingdom delivered dynamic live sets at 10 Thousand Sounds and last weekend's Totally Gross National Party, boldly asserting that he is one of the young MCs to watch in the current hip-hop scene. This video for "Wavey" -- one of the best tracks on his brilliant new album, Future Memoirs -- should go even further to solidify him towards the top of the modern rap game. Kingdom is joined on this song by his musical cohort, Spooky Black, who is blowing up in his own right. And the two prove to be quite potent and unstoppable when partnered together on this smooth, R&B drenched number. Kingdom produced the track along with Psymun, and the simple but striking video only compliments the laid back vibe of the number itself. Catch Allan Kingdom when he plays the P.O.S.-curated, The Fucking Best Show Ever, in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, September 13.
Bob Mould - NPR Tiny Desk Concert
Bob Mould scaled things down just a bit for his Tiny Desk Concert at NPR. The legendary Hüsker Dü/Sugar frontman came in solo for his set, bringing along his trusty '87 Blue Fender Strat. Mould still rocked during this stellar performance, with the intimate setting not causing him to tone things down too much. He tore through four spirited songs during his set, including three standouts from his new album, Beauty & Ruin, "The War," "I Don't Know You Anymore," and "Hey Mr. Grey." But he didn't leave the NPR studios without reminding everyone about his illustrious back catalog, as he ended the brief performance by delivering a potent solo take on the Hüsker's Flip Your Wig classic, "Makes No Sense At All." Mould is in fine voice and spirits throughout this special performance, and the lively songs reflect a passion for music that thankfully doesn't show any signs of fading out anytime soon. You can catch Bob playing with his full band at the State Fair Grandstand as part of the stacked Minnesota Music on A Stick bill, also featuring Brother Ali, Doomtree, Cloud Cult, Har Mar Superstar, and the Cactus Blossoms.
Lizzo - "Bus Passes and Happy Meals (Live at Reading Festival)"
Lizzo recently headed across the pond to stir up the crowd at England's venerable Reading Festival. This performance of "Bus Passes and Happy Meals" finds the vivacious MC flanked by her cohort Sophia Eris, while performing a more intimate set at the Tree House specifically for BBC3. Lizzo certainly has caught the attention of the UK music world, as her Reading set was included as part of the Telegraph's list of "acts you shouldn't miss" at this year's festival, alongside bands like Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure, Metronomy, Paramore, and Jungle. Nice bit of company right there. This scaled back but no less vibrant performance won over the BBC DJs, who reacted enthusiastically and prominently shared the clip as one of the top things they saw all festival weekend. Lizzo is set to play the Yum Yum Fest in Madison alongside Four Fists, before she hits the road with Clean Bandit. Your next chance to catch her in Minneapolis is her sure-to-be smoking show at First Avenue with her bestie Caroline Smith on September 27.
The Lioness - "Dreamer"
Minneapolis MC The Lioness returns with another smooth hit, this time for the wistful, soul-infused new number, "Dreamer." The stylish, luxury-filled video was shot and edited by 13twentythree Photography, while the track was produced by Emazin. But the unquestionable star of the show is the Lioness herself, who deftly switches from the catchy, R&B chorus, to the rapid-fire rap flow that fervently pushes the song forward. The video is packed with costly extravagances that await everyone who wishes for the good life, but the Lioness isn't necessarily focused on those material trappings, she has something far more real in mind for her particular dreams. And, based on the boundless talent she has displayed through her music so far, she is going to achieve whatever goals she finds herself dreaming of.
Phantom Tails - "Dozer Journal (Live at Radio K)"
On August 19, Phantom Tails finally released their long-awaited new album, Phantom Tails Rides Battalion. And, to celebrate/promote the release, the moody electro-rock quartet dropped by the Radio K studios to perform a scintillating live session, which included this storming version of one of the new album's standouts, "Dozer Journal." The saturnine group is going to keep the momentum going from their new release, playing a free show at the Kitty Cat Klub on September 11, which also features Astronomique and Pallex.
Vision the Kid & Tru - "Devil"
Local hip-hop/production duo Vision the Kid & Tru have an energetic new album they are ready to release on the Twin Cities on September 2 called, Somewhere In The Dark City, and the first video/single from that collection is for the potent track, "Devil." Colin Kopp is the director/producer of the ominous black and white video, which adds to the dynamic nature of the track perfectly. Vision the Kid's aggressive flow pushes the song forward, while Tru's smooth production gives you plenty of indelible beats to nod your head to. The talented duo have a packed lineup planned for their record release show at the Entry on September 4, as they will be joined by Medium Zach, Homeless, Big Cats, Freez, and Poison IV, with DJ Snuggles hosting the festivities.
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