Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.
Lizzo's "Paris" video leads off this week. We've also got new clips from Graveyard Club, Warehouse Eyes, Blvck Spvce, Trevor Marty, Amanda Grace, and Frank Castle. We're also featuring some wonderful live performances this week, including a North Shore Session from Haley Bonar, a Skyway Session from Chris Koza, and a recap video of the Summer Set Music Festival. Enjoy!
Lizzo - "Paris"
This year keeps getting bigger and bigger for Lizzo. After successful tours of Europe and throughout the U.S. (including a sold-out two-night stand at First Avenue with Caroline Smith), she even turned David Letterman into a big fan with her dynamic performance on the late night talk show. Now the vibrant MC returns with an official video for her recent single, "Paris." Lizzo has actually been to Paris since recording this track, including shots from the video itself -- which turns the lyrics of the track on their head just a bit. These whirlwind, globe-circling experiences are just a part of Lizzo's breakout year and a testament to her great music and boundless creative determination.
Graveyard Club - "Into the Dark"
This Halloween-appropriate video for the spookily named Graveyard Club is for "Into the Dark," the lead-off track for their terrific full-length debut, Nightingale. The synth-heavy Minneapolis quartet has expanded from their two-piece origins, and the full group really fleshed out their catchy, appealing sound, which has grown more assured and inventive with each release. The artful, origami-laden video complements the irresistible bounce of the track itself, which was recorded (along with the rest of the album) at Flowers Studio with Ed Ackerson.
Haley Bonar - "Eat for Free (North Shore Sessions)"
Haley Bonar is in the midst of touring Europe right now, travels that brought her and her band to BBC Studios for a high-profile live session. But while she is busy winning over new fans across the pond, those of us back home can enjoy this new North Shore Sessions video for her standout single "Eat for Free." Bonar is strolling through the shadowy, intimate confines of Crystal Cave in Spring Valley, Wisconsin. The talented Trent Waterman directed, edited, and did the audio for the clip, and shot the video along with Joah Colby.
Warehouse Eyes - "Tokyo"
New Minneapolis dream-pop quintet Warehouse Eyes just released a lovely video for their debut single, "Tokyo," which is the lead-off track on their enchanting first EP, Carvings. The dreamy soundscapes of the track are augmented by hazy fair/carnival images of the video, along with blurred roadways passing by rapidly in time with the number, all captured distinctly by director David Ashton. It's a wonderful first effort for Warehouse Eyes (named appropriately for a lyric from Bob Dylan's "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands"), who boldly announced their arrival on the local scene back in May with an EP.
Chris Koza - Skyway Sessions
Rewire and tpt just released another stellar installment of their Skyway Sessions, this time out featuring Chris Koza. The Rouge Valley singer/songwriter has branched out on his own for a glorious new solo record, In Real Time, and this intimate session in the skyway of St. Paul's Pioneer Endicott building. Koza shares a few new tunes with his makeshift, unsuspecting audience, who are treated to lovely acoustic performances of "Drown," his lead single from the new record, "Radio Wave," and "The Healer," which plays over the credits. It's a wonderful (and entirely unique) performance, and should get fans excited about Koza's record release show November 9 at the Cedar Cultural Center.
Summer Set 2014 Official Recap Video
This past summer, music fans in the area flocked to the expansive plains of Wisconsin for the Summer Set Music and Camping Festival. The good times and wildly diverse music extended throughout the weekend on the multiple stages of the fest, and many of the memorable moments are captured on this well done recap video. The clip is soundtracked by some of the artists who performed at the three-day festival, featuring "Whiskey" by Hoseshoes and Hand Grenades, "Stuntin'" by the Floozies, and "You & Me" by Bassnectar. All those dynamic numbers bring to vivid life the experiences of the festival-goers, who clearly are relishing their time at Summer Set.
Blvck Spvce - "Hevdbvnds"
Blvck Spvce is a new Twin Cities rap collective featuring RP Hooks, Nintey, Niles, Tennis Rodman, Connye, and DJ Snuggles. The crew drop some fresh beats and rhymes throughout "Havdbvnds," while also enjoying a relaxed, smoke-filled atmosphere with some friends. The clip was directed and edited by Joe Carson, whose visuals augment the smooth vibes of the track itself. The song is available for free download on the group's Soundcloud page, and fans of local hip-hop should be quick to snatch up this catchy, heat-filled track.
Trevor Marty - "Grow Slow"
Trevor Marty is a talented folk musician out of Rochester, Minnesota, and this acoustic ditty, "Grow Slow," is sweetly dedicated to the Emperor Penguins, in the hopes that we can collectively end the loss of their natural habitat. The fact that director Jack Norton shot the video in the rural Oak Center General Store adds to the rustic, natural charms of the number. "Grow Slow" is a new single from Marty, who plans to officially release the track in the near future.
Amanda Grace - "I Dreamt About Trains"
Jack Norton also directed this charming, adorable video for Amanda Grace's "I Dreamt About Trains." The Winona-based children's musician is surrounded by her energetic and entirely delightful audience, who really get into the trains that she is singing about as well as the catchy little song. The clip was shot at Winona State University's Children's Center, which proves to be the perfect setting to bring the song -- and the kids themselves -- to spirited life. Just try not to have a smile on your face after watching this video.
Frank Castle - "Beautiful"
Local DJ Frank Castle just released an inventive new beat tape called Evolver, and this video is for one of the standout numbers on the collection, "Beautiful." The bracing video was shot and edited by Jake Stone, who captures the dynamic pulse of the song through quick shots of burning money, distant skylines and familiar streets of the city, giving the clip and the track an urban visual element that brings out the grit of the track itself.
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