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 rousing new video from the Persian Leaps launches Local Frames this week. We've also got new clips from Tender Meat, Coastal Cabins, a collaboration between Preston Gunderson and Jillian Rae, as well as two more of Adam J Dunn's LAAB videos featuring C.Kerns + Bats, and Freez. We've also got some cool live performance clips, including a Tiny Desk Concert from Trampled By Turtles, a concert car performance from Tiny Deaths, and two Lowertown Line clips from Chastity Brown and the 4onthefloor. Enjoy!
The Persian Leaps - "Pretty Boy"
The Persian Leaps are back with a bristling new EP, Drive Drive Delay, and the first single and video offered up from that collection is for the spirited rocker "Pretty Boy." The track has elements of both '60s mod music from the U.K. and the straight-ahead rock urgency of Guided By Voices, and the St. Paul trio does a great job blending those influences into this concise two-and-a-half-minute jam. The clip was created by Kobamm Productions, and features the band playing outdoors in a serene field while the sun is setting majestically behind them. Good visuals for a great song. You can catch the Persian Leaps celebrating the release of their new EP with a free show at the 331 Club on September 12, along with the Person and the People, and Queen of France.
Trampled By Turtles - NPR's Tiny Desk Concert
The whole country is clearly falling for the charms of Trampled By Turtles at this point. Whether it's their celebratory performance that won David Letterman over, or this recent Tiny Desk Concert that even brought the new CEO of NPR down to witness the set, the Duluth bluegrass group has certainly struck a postitive chord with music fans throughout the U.S. The group all shared one microphone for this spirited performance, playing three numbers all drawn from their excellent new album, Wild Animals -- "Come Back Home," "Winners," and "Lucy." It truly is a lovely performance that more than justified the fans who packed around NPR's Tiny Desk that day. You can catch Trampled By Turtles at Canterbury Park on Saturday, September 20, as they headline their own curated Festival Palomino, along with the Head and the Heart, Low, Charles Bradley, Field Report, and other terrific acts.
Tender Meat - "Steppin Out"
The electro-rock duo Tender Meat celebrated the recent release of their new album, Hello World, with a rousing set at the highly enjoyable Totally Gross National Party at Icehouse. And now, Tender Meat's sonic alchemists, Andy Fritz and Jon Coe, have shared the fittingly wild video for the first single drawn from their new record, "Steppin Out." The neon-drenched, psychedelic animations that vibrantly color the clip -- done by Fritz himself -- complement the untamed, dynamic pulse of the track. Hello World is the duo's first release with TGNP, and from the looks and sounds of things, their creative partnership couldn't be more perfectly matched.
Chastity Brown - "Solely (Live from the Lowertown Line)"
Chastity Brown is set to release her highly anticipated new album in spring of 2015, but until then we can enjoy this scintillating performance of "Solely," from her Lowertown Line performance last October. TPT has just shared this video drawn from Brown's impassioned set, which highlights Chastity's soulful, resonant voice as well as the melodic keys of deVon Gray and the understated arrangements of the rest of the band. Brown is aiming to start a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the recording and release of her new album, but for now you can catch her at the Cedar on September 8 as she takes part in the Acoustic Guitar Project, before she heads off for a tour of the U.K. and Europe over the coming months.
The 4onthefloor - "For Pa (For Ma) (Live on the Lowertown Line)"
From an older Lowertown Line performance to a clip from a brand new episode. The dust has barely settled after the 4onthefloor rocked Icehouse on August 26. The lively rockers delivered a rousing set that got the packed room dancing and drinking along with their spirited anthems, and this clip of "For Pa (For Ma)" gives you a small idea of just what went down that night. This was the first time that the Lowertown Line ventured outside of the comfortable confines of tpt's beloved Studio A, and the boisterous results proved that the move paid off. The crowd was jubilant and in high spirits, and the band (with special guest Rupert) whipped them up into a frenzy that is captured by the talented video and audio crew of the Lowertown Line.
Preston Gunderson - "Night (feat. Jillian Rae)"
Preston Gunderson is a singer-songwriter from Virginia, Minnesota who is clearly on his way to big things. This stirring duet with Jillian Rae highlights the fragile passion in his music, as well as the evocative quality of his work. The track is lifted off of Gunderson's 2013 album, Getting Good At Starting Over, and the pairing with Rae is a wise one, as their vocals mesh elegantly within the song's swelling arrangements. The video was created by Peter Jamus and David Kasyanyuk, who did a wonderful job capturing the wistful emotions of the number, while Gunderson and Rae deliver their moving vocals in fittingly bucolic settings that complement the nature of the hopeful track.
Tiny Deaths - "The Words (Concert Car Performance)"
This is a unique concept for a live performance -- have the host of a TV show drive a musician around and conduct an interview and live performance from the front seat of a moving vehicle. In this case, the layout works, as Claire de Lune delivers the new Tiny Deaths track, "The Words," while Kelsey drives her around in the On The Fly Concert Car, grooving along to the track. So many of the best songs make for great driving music, so why not combine the two, and have the artist sing right next to you while you drive. It turns out lovely, as Claire's soothing vocals give the song a tender heart. Tiny Deaths just delivered a spellbinding opening set for How To Dress Well at the Triple Rock last night, and Claire is set to perform with the Blackberry Brandy Boys this Friday at Icehouse.
Coastal Cabins - "Fourth Street"
I've admittedly fallen quite hard for Coastal Cabins' self-titled debut EP, and learning more about the young pair of musicians for my recent profile on the group only strengthened my connection to their music. They have just released the second video drawn from their debut, "Fourth Street," a clip that fittingly captures the changing of the seasons in archival footage. The tranquil glimpses of rolling hills and blossoming flowers add to the plaintive quality of the spare track, which showcases the musical talents of these two gifted Luther College students.
C.Kerns + Bats - "Metals (LAAB Session)"
This past week, director Adam J Dunn released more video installments from the eighth season of his Lights and a Backdrop series. The current batch of vids are full of gems, including this performance from C.Kerns + Bats, a Twin Cities trio composed of Colin Kerns, Kyle DeLaHunt, and Pete Boulger. As with the other performances from this new season, this black and white video is set in the spare, weathered surroundings of the Southern Theater, which adds to spirit of "Metals," the '70s-era pop-folk acoustic number that the band performs on the unadorned stage. The rich harmonies of the group bring out the vibrant melodies of the sprightly number, all of which suits the throwback nature of the clip itself.
Freez - "Survival (LAAB Session)"
This LAAB Session takes things in a completely different stylistic direction, as Illuminous 3 MC Freez busts out his revealing solo jam, "Survival." The poignancy and raw passions of his rhymes are augmented by the pulsating old-school beats of the track, all of which is captured in full color by Dunn during this riveting session. The austere stage set enhances the lyrical intensity of the track, as Freez makes the surroundings entirely his own throughout the clip. Freez's Illuminous 3 cohort, Tufawon, is also featured in this current LAAB season, as both MCs deliver solo joints that showcase their insightful lyrics.
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