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.
Launching this week is a brand-new video from our 10 Thousand Sounds headliner, Poliça. We've also got new clips from Haley Bonar, Strange Relations, the Sudden Lovelys, Tree Blood, Munqs, and the Lioness. We're also featuring a cool new profile on Astronautalis, an intimate performance of a new song from Reina del Cid, and a Hum feature on Savannah Smith. Enjoy!
Poliça - "Raw Exit"
Poliça, our 10 Thousand Sounds Festival headliner, are back with a new video for "Raw Exit," the title track to their new EP. The track has become quite a live favorite as of late, and now it gets a capricious video treatment from Ryan Thompson, Ryan Olson, and Isaac Gale. The colorful clip features Channy Leaneagh dancing to the track's ominous beats while wearing a few different wigs, as the setting shifts from a tranquil, candlelit room to neon-drenched blacklighting. It all complements the mood of the song, which has quickly become one of the best numbers in Poliça's growing catalog of hits.
Haley Bonar - "Kill the Fun"
Haley Bonar's aviator-themed video for "Kill the Fun" was just prominently premiered on the highly influential site Rookie, so word is definitely spreading about how great Last War is. This new clip was produced and directed by Will Keeler, edited and color corrected by Kevin Canavan, with aerials done by Cavu, and cameras handled by Keeler, Tom Poch, and the Current photographer Nate Ryan. It all adds up to quite a visual treat, with Bonar playing a Rosie the Riveter type who finally gets her chance to soar at the end of the video. Bonar and her band are finishing up some dates out east, before returning to Minnesota where they will be performing at Bayfront Park in Duluth as part of the stacked bill with Trampled by Turtles, Doomtree, and Low.
Astronautalis - Always Must Go
This cool profile on Astronautalis is part of the Vimeo/Charles Schwab "Why I Left/Own Your Tomorrow" film series, and captures the talented musician where he is clearly most comfortable -- on the road. It was directed by Isaac Gale, with Ryan Kron Thompson serving as director of photography. They were able to candidly capture Andy while he circles the globe, in the midst of heading to one of his 200-plus shows over the past year. This intimate glimpse into the life of a touring musician, combined with Astronautalis's genuine statements about what motivates him and how restless he feels when he's in one place for too long, provide an engaging, artistic snapshot of what Andy gets up to when he leaves home and why he "always must go." With all of the well-earned attention Astronautalis has been getting as of late, he will most assuredly be traveling from stage to stage, country to country, for a long time to come -- and he clearly couldn't be happier.
Strange Relations - "Very White Teeth"
Twin Cities indie rock trio Strange Relations certainly have made quite an immediate impression with their dynamic first single, "Very White Teeth." The track is drawn from their forthcoming full length debut, -Centrism, and it's one of the best, most infectious tracks I've heard from a local band this year. The clip was filmed on a winter night in St. Paul, and directed and edited by Lewis Wilcox, who perfectly captures the mood and swelling energy of the track itself. Hopefully, the band won't keep us waiting too long to share more of their intoxicating music with us, but until their record comes out, you can catch Strange Relations at the Kitty Cat Klub on June 30 with Brilliant Beast and See Through Dresses.
The Sudden Lovelys - "Fool for Song"
The Sudden Lovelys are back with a stirring new video for "Fool for Song," one of the standouts on their terrific first studio album, Brave and Alive. The tense, theatrical video was produced by Josh Halverson and Ryan Bingham, who manage to capture the raw, aching sentiments of the song while also highlighting the musical (and acting) talents of Daniel and Paige Ferraro. The group is currently on a long western tour, but they return home to take part in the BMW Motorcycle Rally in St. Paul on July 23, followed by a show at the Aster Cafe on August 15.
Tree Blood - "Don't Wait"
Minneapolis rock trio Tree Blood are the newest additions to our 10 Thousand Sounds lineup, and we're happy to share the video for their blistering new track "Don't Wait." The clip -- edited by Simon Brooks -- was shot in the heart of the harsh Minnesota winter using only camera phones, with live footage of the band playing at the Hexagon mixed in with icy shots of familiar bars and liquor stores around town. Tree Blood have a raucous, untamed sound that has given a welcome jolt to the local music scene, and we all are looking forward to them tearing up our stage at 10 K Sounds on July 26. And in the meantime, be on the lookout for a new tape from the band, First, which is due out on June 21.
Munqs - "Drugs, Etc."
Minneapolis indie avant-pop duo Munqs just released a brand new record, How Dark, and to promote the stellar collection they have put out a video for the album's hypnotic centerpiece, "Drugs, Etc." The clip was directed by the band's singer/producer/songwriter, Corey Lawson, and produced by Pandemic Pictures, and -- in between astral-themed performance shots -- the video finds the group and their good friends frolicking in the city under the influence of either drugs or the et cetera that Lawson sings of. Either way, it's a winning combination.
Reina del Cid - "Giving Up"
Reina del Cid has come up with a creative way to share her new songs with her fans. She has begun a Sunday Mornings with Reina video series, where she performs new material in an intimate setting. The new song, "Giving Up," was particularly poignant and moving, with Reina delivering a passionate, vulnerable acoustic take on the number that really resonated, especially given the personal setting of the performance. The band has announced plans to release a new record this fall, and based on the strength of these new tracks that Reina has been sharing, the album should be quite stellar. The group is hitting the road for a tour this summer, and those of you in the Winona area can catch them at Ed's No Name Bar on June 27.
The Lioness - "Bully"
The Lioness released this moving, deeply affecting video for "Bully" back in April, but given recent events in schools throughout the country, this clip deserves more attention. The eloquent MC delivers her passionate rhymes both from a pulpit at a sad funeral and in the school hallways that have now turned into unfortunate battlegrounds for prosecution, abuse, and popularity. The Lioness takes a strong stand against bullying, and her encouraging words should resonate with anyone who is currently struggling with being intimidated and pushed around at school or elsewhere. The stirring clip was shot and edited by 13twentythree Photography, who filmed the video at MNIC High School and the Billman-Hunt Funeral Chapel, settings which really help drive home their important message.
Savannah Smith - The Liner Notes
Hum recently launched their smartphone app here in Minneapolis, and to continue to get the word out about their product, they have started a video series called The Liner Notes. The series gives an intimate glimpse into the songwriting methods of various local musicians, and in this clip the focus is on the talented Savannah Smith. The video captures her sharing thoughts about her own songwriting process, while also providing a glimpse of her playing live in town. The whole clip seamlessly ties together how and when songwriters can utilize Hum, and how the app can make that process easier for musicians, all while shining a well deserved spotlight on Smith and her tender, poignant songs.
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