Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week


A brand-new video from Hippo Campus gets things going this week at Local Frames. We've also got new clips from Aaron and the Sea, Doomtree, Pill Hill, Warehouse Eyes, the Paper Days, Ced LInus, and Botzy. We're also featuring live performance videos from Caroline Smith and Manny Phesto. Enjoy!

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Hippo Campus - "Souls"

Hippo Campus are clearly on the verge of breaking big. The young quartet from Woodbury just signed with New York's Grand Jury records, and had their brand new video for "Souls" premiere on the website of the venerable U.K. taste-making music magazine, NME (as well as the AV Club's site on this side of the pond). This dark, ominous video for "Souls," directed and edited by Ethan A. Nelson, should garner them even more attention before they hit the road with the Mowgli's for a series of high profile shows (including their stop at the Varsity on April 3) as well as some SXSW gigs.

Aaron and the Sea - "Cloak & Dagger"

Ahead of the release of Aaron and the Sea's new Cloak & Dagger Remix EP, the group has just released a stylish new video for the lead single from the collection. The clip was done by Aaron Rice and Alex Brown (who also handled the editing), and the haunting visuals capture the dark, textured mood of the track perfectly. The EP features dynamic remixes by members of On An On, Tired Tongues, MAKR, and Shields, who all add their distinctive sonic flourishes to the track, which lends itself well to being remixed. AATS are celebrating the release of their new EP with a show at the Kitty Cat Klub on Saturday, March 7, where they will be joined by Votel and UMAMI, with Ryne of On An On spinning tunes during a DJ set.

Doomtree - "Final Boss"

After setting various stages alight across the country with their high-octane live show, the Doomtree crew returned home to their favorite club of them all, First Avenue, for a sold-out show last night. The group is in the midst of a big tour in support of their new album, All Hands, and this cinematic, violent clip is for one of the album's highlights, "Final Boss." Maria Juranic directed this video, which features a vicious dinner party that leaves the entire Doomtree crew in a bloody mess by the end, except for spooky Cecil Otter. The crew also have some high-profile festival dates this summer, including Denmark's Roskilde Festival, the Netherlands' Woo Hah! Festival, and, of course, Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Festival in July.

Warehouse Eyes - "Through the Glass"

Minneapolis dream-pop quintet Warehouse Eyes have put together a gorgeous new video for their single "Through the Glass," one of the standouts on their recent debut EP, Carvings. The striking and stylish images were all shot by Christopher Williams at Musee Mecanique in San Francisco, with Ned Hurley's editing bringing the splendid clip together. The group is currently in the Humans Win! Studio, working on another EP that they hope to release sometime this spring.

Caroline Smith - "Child of Moving On (Live at Bryant Lake Bowl)"

Caroline Smith recently took part in the celebration surrounding the Current's 10th anniversary festivities, and this stirring performance of "Child of Moving On" is drawn from the night she shared the stage with Jeremy Messersmith and Dan Wilson. Host Steve Seel asked the musicians some questions during the set, which prompted Smith to share the impetus behind the sound evolution that took place on her new record, and how "Child of Moving On" caused her to put her old style behind her and take her music in a bold new direction. This soulful performance was dedicated to Smith's mother, "who taught me to keep moving on, no matter how many assholes you marry." Perfect, just like the song and the performance itself.


The Paper Days - "Turn to Stone"

Minneapolis folk-rock band the Paper Days have just celebrated the release of their cinematic new music video for "Turn to Stone" with a festive party at Dayblock Brewing. The track is lifted off of the quintet's recent EP, Northern Sky. The pensive, thoughtful video was directed by Aleutian Calabay, and stars Pegeen Lamb as a restless, dissatisfied heroine. Her struggle is augmented by the band's somber number about trying not to give up on your dreams and what happens when you do.

Ced Linus - "Chrysler Museum Music"

Ced Linus has recently officially made Minneapolis his home, and the talented MC has just released the fourth video from his Pledge Empire full-length, Christ Like, this time out for the dynamic single "Chrysler Museum Music." The track was inspired by Ced's recent trip back to his former home in Virginia to visit the famous Chrysler Art Museum in Norfolk. The video's menacing urgency was directed by Andrew Swenson, with Linus's riveting flow rising above the fresh beats provided by producer Rodney Ricks Jr. Ced Linus is set to make some high-profile appearances at SXSW next month, as well as a Pledge Empire showcase at the Nether Bar at Mill City Nights on March 7, and a solo set at Honey on March 16.  

Pill Hill - "Butterscotch House"

St. Paul's Pill Hill filmed their new video for "Butterscotch House" at the Hollywood Theater in northeast Minneapolis before renovations on the place began. And the sparse, rustic setting complements the tune's throwback rock sound. The track is lifted off of the Americana band's recent full-length, It Tastes a Little Sweeter, a record that has garnered the group plenty of well-earned attention as of late. The video for "Butterscotch House" was directed by Jeremy Krzmarzick, who took advantage of the stately but slightly decaying surroundings to give the clip a decidedly retro charm. Pill Hill will be playing a special Record Store Day show at Mill City Sound on April 18 along with Two Harbors.

Manny Phesto - "Eternity in the Cities/Cedar Avenue (Live on Radio K)"

South Minneapolis MC Manny Phesto released one of our favorite local albums of the year in 2014, Southside Looking In. And here the talented rapper heads in to the Radio K studios to share a couple of banging tracks off of that record, "Eternity in the Cities" and "Cedar Avenue." His flow is on point throughout this performance, while the laid-back, old-school beats complement his perceptive lyrics. Catch Manny Phesto live if you can, he's one of the brightest young talents in the Twin Cities hip-hop scene.

Botzy - "Nervous Butterfly"

Botzy returns with another clip from his forthcoming full-length album, Still Not Dead Yet, this time out for the reflective number "Nervous Butterfly." The album is set to be released on April 21, and based on the strength of the songs he's shared from the record, Botzy has taken his playful sound in a bold, assured new direction. The clip for "Nervous Butterfly" was directed by Botzy himself along with Polkadot Mayhem video kingpin Kyle Franke, and the pair set out to capture the sad, futile nature of a relationship in the midst of dissolving. You can catch Botzy live at the Triple Rock Social Club on Saturday, March 14, where he will be joined by Bae Tigre, Cruel Love, the Once-ler, and Bomb Shell LaBell.

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