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 premiere of the fresh new Heiruspecs video kicks things off this week. We've also got new clips from Doomtree, RONiiA, Whatever Forever, Dan Israel, GÜSTO, Four Letter Lie, Ecid, and a fitting holiday-themed vid from Eric Mayson. We're also featuring a special Bob Dylan performance for a lucky audience of one. Enjoy!

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Heiruspecs - "On the Ground"

We're pleased to premiere the new Heiruspecs video for "On the Ground," the first clip lifted from the group's recent record, Night Falls. The video was directed by Victor Rukavina and Andrew Melby, and produced by 1 Light Films. The group is playing in the decaying shell of an abandoned building, while dancer Eshay Brantley performs an inspiring solo routine choreographed by Alissa Paris. Chastity Brown provides the track's indelible hook, while the two distinctive verses illuminate the changes the settle in over Minnesota from summer to winter. Heiruspecs are set to heat things up in St. Paul this Friday night at the Turf Club, as the crew is putting on their annual Holiday Classic show -- this time out they will be joined by Carnage & the Last Band Standin', and K.Raydio and O-D.

RONiiA - "Last Words"

I've been waiting to hear (and see) more from RONiiA since their captivating performance at this summer's Totally Gross National Party. And finally, the group -- composed of Dark Dark Dark's Nona Marie Invie, Votel/Father You See Queen/Marijuana Deathsquads' Mark McGee, and Joint Custody's Fletcher Barnhill -- released their entrancing self-titled, full-length debut. The "Last Words" video was directed by Isaac Gale and David Jensen and received a high-profile premiere via NME, so clearly the world is catching on to our talented local crew.

Whatever Forever - "Streets Ahead"

Whatever Forever just released their first official video for the new jam, "Streets Ahead." The stark and spooky clip was made by Rev K. The group is currently writing and recording additional material with their new bassist, Jordan Bleau of Frankie Teardrop, who joins guitarists Clara Salyer and Howard Hamilton and drummer Dave Gatchell. This raucous track is a teaser of sorts for their forthcoming record due out in early 2015. Catch Whatever Forever at the Hexagon this Saturday with their musical cohorts Rupert Angeleyes, White Boyfriend, and Panther Ray.

Doomtree - "Gray Duck"

The Doomtree crew ended their ten-year run of Blowouts with a series of eight live events, culminating in a triumphant three-night stand. Now they're already back to new business with a Project Mayhem-style clip for "Gray Duck" off their forthcoming new record, All Hands, set to be released on January 27. Another one orchestrated by Andrew Melby/1 Light Films, this video will ensure that you'll never see duck masks or security guards quite the same way again.

Bob Dylan - Experiment Alone Performance

As part of the unique Swedish film series Experiment Ensam (Experiment Alone), Bob Dylan superfan Fredrik Wilkingsson got to be the sole attendee at a special performance by Dylan and his band at Philadelphia's Academy of Music. This clip documents Fredrik's thoughts leading up to the show ("It's incredibly weird. I almost feel sick.") to him taking a seat front and center in the empty theater, before Dylan and his band kick into a short set filled with covers featuring Buddy Holly's "Heartbeat," Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill," and Chuck Willis's "It's Too Late (She's Gone)." Dylan keeps the covers theme going with a forthcoming album filled with Frank Sinatra songs, Shadows in the Night, which is due out on February 3.


Dan Israel - "Ain't Gonna Let The World"

St. Louis Park singer-songwriter Dan Israel slowed down just a bit after releasing new album Live On and a double-LP greatest hits retrospective Danthology in mid-2013. But the veteran musician is in the midst of recording a follow-up, and has teamed up with frequent City Pages photographer Steve Cohen on this new video for "Ain't Gonna Let the World," one of the highlights of his last album. The clip is filled with plenty of local landmarks and familiar sights, and some live performance action as well -- all augmented by Israel's insightful lyrics and rich vocals. You can catch Dan playing a solo set at the Nicollet on Saturday, December 27, along with Michael Ray and the Nasty Notes.

Eric Mayson - "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) feat. Caroline Smith"

Talented keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Eric Mayson is set to strike out on his own with a forthcoming EP set for release via the new Minneapolis record label, RiverRock Music Group. For his first solo number, Mayson enlisted his longtime musical cohort Caroline Smith to help him out on a cover of Darlene Love's indelible holiday jam, "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)." In addition to Caroline, Mayson was also joined by Toby Ramaswamy on drums, Ben Kelly on bass, and Eric Blomquist on saxophone, with Mayson adding piano, organ, Rhodes, and guitar to the track himself. The playful video was done by Loocis Scott, who captured the spirit of the season as well as the song, both inside the studio and around the area.

GÜSTO - "Drive (feat. Summer Ostler)"

GÜSTO is the performing name of Jake Gustafson, a University of Minnesota senior and hip-hop artist and producer. "Drive" was written/produced/recorded at his private studio, and is the first single that he has released via iTunes. The track was given a slick, cinematic video treatment by LA-based film company Paxeros Pictures, who augment the impassioned number with their images of a relationship coming apart at the seams. Summer Ostler lends her talents to the vibrant track as well, with the two combining their styles fluidly as the song takes flight.

Four Letter Lie - "The Safest Way"

Minneapolis hard-rock quintet Four Letter Lie make a cacophonous return with their new video for "The Safest Way." The track is the closing number on their boisterous new EP, Like Structures. The polished, spirited video was done by Minneapolis filmmaker Jay Ness, who served as director, editor, cinematographer, and co-producer (along with Four Letter Lie's founding member John Waltmann) of the clip. The vehement track comes together both visually and musically, as the raw passion of the song comes through in the stark, edgy images on the screen, forming a potent combination that resonates strongly.

ECID - "Sign Me Up"

Minneapolis hip-hop artist Ecid is set to release his new album, Pheromone Heavy, on March 3. And to get all of his fans psyched for the new record, he just dropped this playfully animated video for his lively new track "Sign Me Up." The stylish clip was done by illustrator Allison Kerek, whose vibrant images bring the song's restless themes to colorful life. Kerek's cartoon-like reworkings of Van Gogh, da Vinci, and Grant Wood -- as well as the almighty $dollar$ -- complement Ecid's fresh beats and rhymes.


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