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.
We're still in the holiday spirit here at Local Frames, so we kick things off with a live performance by the New Standards which features St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman joining in the musical festivities on bagpipes. We're also featuring new videos from Sleeper and the Sleepless, Illab, Sam Breckenridge, Hastings 3000, Magneto Effect, and another seasonal clip from No Tent. We've also got rousing live videos from Hollow Boys, Patches and Gretchen, and France Camp to help ring in the New Year. Enjoy!
The New Standards - "Fairytale of New York (Featuring Chris Coleman and Janey Winterbauer)"
The New Standards annual holiday show took on an added quality at the State Theatre this year, as St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman donned a kilt to play bagpipes with the group as part of their spirited cover of the Pogues' Christmas classic, "Fairytale In New York." Coleman and the other bagpipers get the song off to a resonant start, before Chan Poling and Janey Winterbauer deliver the track's acerbic, wistful vocals. It's truly a splendid moment from a show that was filled with them, as the New Standards and their talented guests easily got local music fans into the holiday spirit with another memorable performance.
Hollow Boys - Live at the Triple Rock
Hollow Boys have received our praise not only for their stellar recent record, It's True, being one of the 10 best Minnesota albums of 2013, but they have also been recognized as one of the 10 Twin Cities acts who deserve to be famous. If you still haven't fallen under the gloomy spell of Hollow Boys, this guitar-squall filled clip of the band performing at the Triple Rock should win you over. The group did away with the standard setup, and played towards the back of the room instead of the stage, and that gives the performance a more immediate, personal touch that resonated with everyone in the room as well as those who check out the stark black and white clip, which was captured by UnderCurrentMPLS and Manny Castro.
No Tent - "Auld Lang Syne"
Members of Reina del Cid have started a bluegrass side-project called No Tent, and their timely first release is a banjo-fueled version of the New Year's classic, "Auld Lang Syne." The track can be downloaded for free at No Tent's bandcamp page, with the band promising more lively covers and original material in 2014, with a rotating cast of musicians joining in the fray. Joining Reina on this performance is Toni Lindgren on guitar, Chris Wiberg on bass, and Saint Anyway's Tony Peterson on banjo.
France Camp - "Waste This Sun (Live on Radio K)"
Shortly before they destroyed the Entry with their raucous EP release show, France Camp dropped by the Radio K studios to deliver a boisterous live performance, featuring this lively clip of "Waste This Sun." The band is in fine -- if a bit restrained -- form in this video, but the indelible quality of the song, as well as the boundless talents France Camp, ultimately shines through the din and scorches the Radio K airwaves.
Sleeper and the Sleepless - "Here's Hoping"
Minneapolis indie-folk trio Sleeper and the Sleepless just released their wonderful second full-length, Motion, back in November. And this performance clip of one of the record's standouts, "Here's Hoping," captures the intimate, personal appeal of the band. If the poignant, resonant sounds of Sleeper and the Sleepless catches your ear, you can see them live on a few different occasions in early 2014, as they will at the 331 Club on January 16, at Honey on January 31, and at Cause on February 7.
Hastings 3000 - "Modern Man"
Hastings 3000 already released one of the 10 best Minnesota music videos of 2013 with "Speed of Light," and now the hard rocking masked-man is back with a dynamic new clip for "Modern Man." The track is one of the highlights from Hastings' recent record, A New Monster, and the politically-charged video perfectly captures the untamed urgency of the track as well as our unsettled times.
Sam Breckenridge - "The Unknown"
Guitarist Sam Breckenridge has been featured on Local Frames before, and this stirring video for "The Unknown" further showcases the deft talents of the local musician. Breckenridge is set to perform as the opening act for both of Lizz Winstead's upcoming shows at the Cedar on December 28 and 31, before his own album release show on January 11 at Honey. The record is Sam's solo debut, and based on the songs and videos he has shared so far, this album should be an intoxicating delight for those who enjoy solo acoustic guitar-driven material.
Illab - "Reason For Blood"
Minneapolis MC Illab is set to release his new full-length album, Good Life, Life's Good, Worth Living, in 2014, and "Reason For Blood" is the first single lifted from that forthcoming record. The lively video for that track was directed by Arnold Rossa and produced by Mike Frey. The song is propelled forward by the socially conscious, agitated rhymes of Illab over the top of some smooth, old-school beats. "Reason For Blood" can be downloaded for free on Illab's bandcamp page, and based on the dynamic flow in this clip, the rapper seems poised for a breakout year in 2014.
Patches and Gretchen full concert in Denver, Colorado
Patches and Gretchen just posted this full concert clip from the Hornet's Underground Music Showcase in Denver, Colorado, which was part of their Death Kick to the Head tour. The video captures the eccentricities and appeal of the band, who are in fine form throughout. They even give a knowing local nod during their set with a cover of "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," as well as a lovely Elliot Lurie cover towards the end of their 43-minute performance. If you're a longtime fan of Patches and Gretchen, or just curious about the band and their sound, this spirited live clip should provide you with plenty of highlights to draw you in.
Magneto Effect - "Kaboom"
This stylish, theatrical music video for Minneapolis alt-rock quintet Magneto Effect's "Kaboom" was directed by local filmmaker Justin Staggs, and features the contributions of plenty of local talent. The boisterous track is lifted off of the band's forthcoming EP, Nothing, which is due to be released in early 2014, both digitally and on vinyl. The cinematic clip perfectly captures the scope and tenor of the track itself, and serves notice that we should be hearing plenty more from Magneto Effect in the upcoming year.
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