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.
Ahead of Low's highly anticipated show at the Fitzgerald this Saturday night, an intimate la Blogotheque live performance from Paris by Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker leads the way in this week's installment of Local Frames. Don't fret, restless readers, we've got plenty of other upbeat videos to get you moving too, including a live P.O.S. performance from McNally Smith, a new video from recent Rhymesayers' signees the Uncluded (a collaboration between Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson), a clip from the Oddfathers, as well as a promo video for the upcoming show by the Squares and a rousing Radio K studio session from recent Are You Local? winners, Carroll. Enjoy!
Low - Live set in Paris
The celebrated Duluth trio Low just released their hauntingly beautiful (and Jeff Tweedy produced) 10th studio album, The Invisible Way, earlier this week, and to celebrate that grand milestone, the band has a sold-out show planned for the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul on Saturday night. To get fans prepped for the big gig, take a look at this stunning recent performance by Alan and Mimi for la Blogotheque from a small Paris apartment. The lucky handful of fans in attendance were treated to a few new songs like "Clarence White" and "On My Own," as well as classics like "Nothing But Heart," "Sunflower," and "Words." They even threw in surprise covers of the Heptones "Cool Rasta Cool," and a stirring, Mimi-led take on Neil Young's "Down By The River." This is such a lovely performance from a truly incredible band.
P.O.S. - "F*** Your Stuff (Live at McNally Smith College of Music)"
Shortly before his triumphant record release show late last year, the spirited local MC P.O.S. dropped by McNally Smith College of Music for a raw, close-up performance in front of a mixture of college students and local hip-hop fans. This rambunctious take on "F*** Your Stuff" shows off the lyrical talents and combustible energy of Stef, who unfortunately had to go to the hospital immediately following this performance, which led to the revelation that P.O.S. was in need of a new kidney. Hopefully, the transplant will go smoothly, and the talented MC will be back rocking crowds soon enough, but until then, turn this shit up and sing along.
The Uncluded - "Scissorhands"
This supergroup of sorts is the results of the long-rumored collaboration between Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson. Their debut record, Hokey Fright, is due out from the local hip-hop label Rhymesayers on May 7, and can currently be pre-ordered in various formats and packages from Fifth Element. This playful video for "Scissorhands," features the striking nail art of Robin Moses, while the track combines the folky tendencies of Dawson with the hip-hop edge of Aesop Rock, a combination that doesn't sound like it would work on paper, but surprisingly comes together well on record.
Crooked Saws - "Low"
The stomping, blues-laden rock 'n' roll of local duo Crooked Saws comes through loud and clear in this video for "Low," which was locally shot at Caffetto Cafe, and directed by Jesse Damien Revel. The band is comprised of Jesse Damien Revel on guitars/vocals, and Matthew Marshall on drums, and their album Mo' Fi is available for free via their bandcamp page. While "Low" borrows its filthy riff a bit from PJ Harvey's "To Bring You My Love," this is a still a good sound to hear coming out of Minneapolis. You can catch Crooked Saws live on April 20 at Lee's Liquor Lounge.
The Oddfathers - "Whisper In My Ear"
The spirited rock band the Oddfathers have just released a new collection of songs for Rocksteady Records that they have packaged together as Double Live 45rpm, which is made up of two 7-inch records of songs recorded live in the studio--music that they are rightfully boasting has "never been touched by computer." This video for one of the tracks featured on the Oddfathers' new release, captures the dapper band in their element, playing live.
Carroll - "Alligator (Live on Radio K)"
Recent Are You Local? winners Carroll got more than just a chance to play on the big stage at Mill City Nights by winning that competition. They also got some traveling money to make their way down to Austin for this year's SXSW, as well as a choice spot on the MN Nice bill while they were there. Before that recent success, the band dropped by the Radio K studios for a rocking session which included this terrific take on "Alligator." The big breaks continue to come for Carroll, as they were also chosen to be the opening act for tonight's Electric Six/Mark Mallman show at First Avenue. 2013 is shaping up to be quite a year for this young Minneapolis quartet.
Up Rock - "Let That Bass Shake"
This vibrant new track from St. Paul's Up Rock showcases the rhyming and production talents of the duo, comprised of Dundee (Dean Brewington) and RDM (Roosevelt Mansfield). This new single for "Let That Bass Shake" comes on the heels of last year's successful self-titled EP, and bodes well for the inventive sonic direction that the young crew continues to take. The video, which features plenty of recognizable locations around the Twin Cities, was directed and produced by Up Rock as well.
Squares - Three Theories album release show promo
The eclectic Minneapolis quartet Squares are set to release their new full-length, Three Theories, at the Entry on Saturday night. And this video serves as a bit of promotion for both the show as well as the band themselves. The talented group combines a myriad of styles and influences within their inventive sound, and this release show for their distinctive new album should help propel Squares to big things this year.
Sena Ehrhardt - "Buried Alive"
Rochester singer/songwriter Sena Ehrhardt manages to combine blues, country, and soul within her spirited songs, and this video for "Buried Alive" manages to capture all of those influences, as well as some nice shots of St. Anthony Main in the wintertime. Sena's dad, Ed Ehrhardt, co-wrote most of these songs with his daughter, and his deft guitar work is featured in this track and video. Ehrhardt's new album, All In, is being put out by Blind Pig Records, and she's celebrating its release with a show at Famous Dave's on May 4, as well as a stellar opening slot for B.B. King on May 19 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.
Botzy - "You Got It?"
Culture Cry Wolf's Botzy is doing his own thing these days, and this video for his brand new track "You Got It?" is the first clip drawn from his solo work. It's a lively, playful number, and the video itself was directed by Adam J. Dunn. The energetic MC just celebrated the release of this video with a show at Cause earlier this week, and Botzy certainly will set up more live dates as the year goes on with more solo work surely on its way.
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