We start things off on Local Frames this week with a new video from A.M. Stryker. We've also got new clips from ACTN, Bain, Coastal Cabins, and a cool collaborative dual-video effort from Ruben and General B and the Wiz. We've also got live performance videos from Mystery Date, Sam Cassidy, BNLX, and Nicholas David. Enjoy!
A.M. Stryker - "A Breath Let Go"
This lovely video for A.M. Stryker's new single, "A Breath Let Go," was shot chronologically over three weeks, with the singer/songwriter and his director, Jeremiah Satterthwaite, covering 10 states and 5,700 miles in the process. The clip captures Stryker performing his plaintive, heartbreaking song in front of picturesque, often stark, backdrops, which gives the tune a restless, searching heart. The track is lifted off of Stryker's forthcoming album, The Lion's Share, and he has a record release show planned at Icehouse on Saturday, May 2 to celebrate the occasion. Stryker will also be joined by Holly Hansen of Zoo Animal for his special night.
Sam Cassidy - "Tell Him" and "Hard Road" (Spaces Ep. 9)
Minneapolis songwriter (and cabinetmaker) Sam Cassidy is featured in the ninth episode of the terrific local video performance series Spaces. Cassidy and his top-notch band settled in to the warm, wooden surroundings of the Summer-Winter Studio in St. Paul, to play a few capitol numbers, "Tell Him" and "Hard Road," for Nate Matson and his quality Spaces crew. The brooding, countrified vibe of these tracks sound exquisite in that room, with Cassidy and his band laying down scorching versions of a couple of standouts from his debut album, Debts. You can catch Sam live as part of Indeed Brewing's stacked Whirlygig lineup on Saturday, May 16.
Mystery Date - "Lightspeed Romance (Live at Hymie's)"
Another great live music video series is Dan Huiting and Lauren Josephine's (and PBR's) Live at Hymie's series. The most recent clip is a rousing session from "Mystery Date," as the garage-rock trio tears through a version of "LIghtspeed Romance" in the intimate surroundings of Hymie's Vintage Records. The hard-charging track is lifted off of the "You and Your Sister" 7-inch that the group released on Piñata Records. Mystery Date also released a wonderful full-length, New Noir, earlier this year that you should really add to your record collection, especially if you like this blistering live performance.
ACTN - "My Flesh Is Weakness"
ACTN are back with another pulsating new jam, "My Flesh Is Weakness," which gets a colorful video treatment by the band's mastermind, Gus Watkins. The group is celebrating the release of their new single/video with a show at Icehouse on Friday, April 24, where they will be joined by Beasthead. The track, and it's all-too-appropriately titled B-side, "So Goddamn Cold Outside," are available on ACTN's Bandcamp page. "My Flesh Is Weakness" continues the string of dynamic singles from the self-described deathpop band, which will eventually lead to the release of their debut full-length later this year.
Bain - "Plateau"
This soulful new single from Minneapolis electro-R&B trio, Bain, features a sultry groove that compliments the smooth vocals of Jayanthi Kyle. "Plateau" is the lead-off track on Bain's splendid album, Love in Blue, and this striking video -- the band's first, done by EJ Films -- captures the duality of our own lives and the shadows we leave behind when we're gone.
Ruben - "He's My Boyfriend (Featuring General B and the Wiz)"
General B and the Wiz - "Love You Year Round (Featuring Ruben)"
These two videos are the results of a great collaborative concept by Ruben and General B & the Wiz. They connected together -- Voltron-like, if you will -- to form a larger band, which adds an expansive sound to distinctive numbers from each of the groups. "He's My Boyfriend" and "Love You Year Round" were both recorded live at the Ziemer Loft in Lake Elmo, with Beaudry Filmworks capturing the rousing sights and sounds of this collaborative jam session amongst friends. Both bands are heading to Winona to take part in the Mid West Music Fest this weekend, with General B and the Wiz set to begin work at a new album at the Hideaway studio when they return.
Nicholas David - "Yes We Can Can/Rational Culture (Live on the Lowertown Line)"
Nicholas David recently played a joyous Lowertown Line live session at the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis, and this spirited clip gives you a good idea of what went down during the set. David delivers a funky cover version of Allen Toussaint's "Yes We Can Can," which flows smoothly into Tim Maia's "Rational Culture," which highlights David and his band's prodigious talents. David's full episode of The Lowertown Line premieres on tpt on Sunday, May 17, with forthcoming episodes on their way from Heiruspecs, Kitten Forever, and PaviElle in the coming weeks.
BNLX - "Vibrant (Live from the Electric Fetus on Record Store Day)"
This is a big week for BNLX. In addition to being our music feature this week, the band is also set to host their third BNLXFest at the Turf Club on Friday, and the 7th St. Entry on Saturday. This live clip captures the group taking part in the Record Store Day celebration at the Electric Fetus this past weekend, as they tear through one of the hits from their debut full-length, "Vibrant." The group is in the works to release their forthcoming album on a major label, with Ed and Ashley Ackerson expecting their first child later this year. So catch them live this weekend, before they take a well-earned break to focus on their new arrival.
Coastal Cabins - "Driftless"
We've been happy to feature the work of Coastal Cabins a few different times here on Local Frames. And now, the Luther College songwriting duo -- composed of Jack Ross and Robert Marston -- are set to release their debut full-length this July. The first single lifted from that forthcoming album is for "Driftless," a breezy, reflective number that effortlessly catches your ear with its uncluttered song structure. The track is a home recording made in Plymouth with Michael Hagstrom's stylish video perfectly capturing the searching, introspective nature of the track itself.
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