Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.
This week we get things started with new videos from Allan Kingdom and Astronautalis to promote their upcoming appearances at the final Best Love is Free show on February 15. We've also got new vids from Erik Koskinen, Glow Mechanics, and Farewell Milwaukee. We're also featuring recent in-studio performances from Human Kindness and Actual Wolf, a cool mini-documentary on BBGUN, a revealing Naked Songwriter performance from Gabriel Douglas, and a rousing live clip from Howler at the Current's birthday bash at First Avenue. Enjoy!
Allan Kingdom - "binnis"
Allan Kingdom's star is clearly on the rise as of late (something we predicted back in November), and fresh off the rapper's stellar set at the Best New Bands showcase, Kingdom is set to perform at the final Best Love is Free show at First Avenue and the Entry on February 15. This intimate performance of "binnis" showcases Kingdom's lyrical talents as well as the distinctive passion that he brings to his music, two qualities which will surely be on full display at TBLIF.
Astronautalis - "Best Love Freestyle"
Astronautalis is the headliner for the Best Love Is Free, and in this brief but stirring clip, the rapper delivers one of his stellar freestyles that has captivated anyone who has seen him perform over the past few years. In the midst of Andy's steadily flourishing career as a hip hop artist, he has also just recently landed a rewarding gig as a travel writer for STA Travel, an opportunity that will bring the already well-traveled performer to even more far flung places across the globe. But no matter where Astronautalis goes, he truly loves coming back to Minneapolis to perform in front of his adopted hometown fans, and this final TBLIF show should be no exception.
BBGUN - The Intro
Another group that made quite a strong impression at the recent Best New Bands showcase was BBGUN, a group comprised of scene veterans Al Church, Neil Perbix, and Jeremy Hanson. If you wanted to learn more about the origins of the band and how the project has evolved, this mini-doc gives you a great idea about the personalities and talents of the guys involved. If you like what you see and hear in the clip, be sure to catch BBGUN at their next local show coming up at the Entry on February 22 with the Farewell Circuit and Adelyn Rose.
Erik Koskinen - "Glow Sky Glow"
Guitarist Erik Koskinen recently joined Actual Wolf's band at the Current's 9th birthday party, and added his own distinctive flourish to the group's robust Americana sound. The talented musician also has a wonderful new album of his own that he recently released called America Theatre, and "Glow Sky Glow" is the second video from that new collection. In addition to writing, producing, and mixing the track, Koskinen also did the video as well, a clip that anyone who collected or played with little army figurines will certainly identify with in a nostalgic way. On February 20, Koskinen is set to play at the Real Phonic Radio Hour at the James J. Hill Library in St. Paul, with a whole host of talented musical guests joining him along with the Chastity Brown Duo. It should be a lovely night of music.
Howler - "Yacht Boys (Live at the Current's 9th Birthday Party)"
On the second night of the Current's birthday celebration, Howler made a return to the First Avenue stage with a raucous, punk-fueled set of mostly new songs, including this rollicking take on "Yacht Boys." The band's highly anticipated second album, World of Joy, is set to come out on March 25, and from the sound of things, the record is going to feature plenty of raucous, untamed songs that certainly went over well at First Ave and are bound to get the guys more well-deserved attention as the year goes on.
Farewell Milwaukee - "Can't Please You, Can't Please Me"
Farewell Milwaukee just released a video for the anthemic title track on their recent record, Can't Please You, Can't Please Me. The clip features the band performing outdoors in the golden setting sun, which adds to the rustic, natural appeal of the catchy number. The band is set to perform at the upcoming Southern Theater Sessions show on February 27, with a terrific lineup of Gabriel Douglas, batteryboy, and Taj Raj.
Gabriel Douglas - The Naked Songwriter Ep. 8
The 4onthefloor's Gabriel Douglas is also on that splendid Southern Theater Sessions bill on February 27, and to give fans a glimpse of what they can expect from his acoustic performance that night, Douglas recently recorded a revealing Naked Songwriter session for DEMO. In addition to offering up alt-country takes on some of his familiar songs, Douglas also openly shares the inspiration behind the numbers themselves, as well as an insightful look into his songwriting process.
Human Kindness - "Krishnaagain (Live on Radio K)"
Emerging Minneapolis quartet Human Kindness recently dropped by the Radio K studios for a rousing live session, which included this boisterous take on "Krishnaagain," the lead off track to their spirited debut EP, You Are So Loud That I Want To Die. The young rock group certainly rattled the walls of the K studios in a good way with their in-studio session, and are also set to do the same thing during a free upcoming show at the Nomad on February 13 along with TeamMates and Tree Blood.
Actual Wolf - "Thinking Of You (Live on the Current)"
One of the standout songs from Actual Wolf's recent performance at the Current's birthday bash was a rousing take on a new song called, "Thinking Of You." Eric Pollard and his cracking band recently stopped in to the Current's studios and delivered this lovely take on the new track, which is guided along by Pollard's wistful vocals and dexterous guitar work. Actual Wolf are currently in the midst of sharing songs both new and old with the rest of the country on a tour that will bring Pollard to some fine rooms throughout the country, surely garnering him plenty of new fans along the way.
Glow Mechanics - "Still Buggin'"
Minneapolis hip-hop trio Glow Mechanics are back with a clip from their recent record, Schmo Mechanics, this time for the catchy, old-school track, "Still Buggin.'" The playful video was directed by Anthony Maroney, who captures the group goofing around a bit while delivering their vibrant rhymes atop the leisurely beat. If you like what you hear, catch Glow Mechanics live at the Entry in March.