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.
This week we get things going with an enthralling new live clip from Dessa, who recently dropped by the Radio K studios. We are also featuring a cool (if a bit surprising) collaboration between Joey Ryan and the Inks and We Are the Willows, a new sound from Kristoff Krane, a lovely recent live performance from batteryboy, and the new Superchunk video -- which features a few recognizable local vinyl-lovers at Electric Fetus. We've also got brand new videos from the Cabinet, King Fuvi, as well as a rousing KFAI in-studio session from Black Diet, an intimate performance from Laura Marling at the Current's UBS Forum, and a glimpse back at a performance from Metric's Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw to celebrate the just announced new season of Wits. Enjoy!
Dessa - "Skeleton Key (Live on Radio K)"
2013 continues to be a great year for Dessa, as the buzz around her recent record, Parts Of Speech, continues to grow, more U.S. tour dates in support of the album get announced. The talented singer/MC recently dropped by the Radio K studios with her faithful touring band (complete with Aby Wolf on backing vocals) for an impassioned live session that highlighted the spirited songs on her new record. Dessa is hitting the road in September for another series of U.S. shows, with Now, Now drummer Bradley Hale's electronic side-project, Sombear, in support. Catch one of these shows if you can.
We Are the Willows/Joey Ryan & the Inks - "Say My Name (Destiny's Child Cover)"
When thinking of the musical influences and inspiration of both We Are The Willows and Joey Ryan & the Inks, Destiny's Child certainly isn't the first group most people would think of. But the bands got together recently and recorded this truly lovely version of Destiny Child's Grammy-winning hit, "Say My Name," and everything about this just works. The two groups are getting set for a show together this Friday night (August 22) at Icehouse, and maybe, just maybe, if the crowd is nice enough to the bands, they might just bust out this cover for a live audience.
Kristoff Krane - "Moon Goddess (Live at Mississippi River)"
Kristoff Krane has tackled many different musical styles since emerging in the Twin Cities scene, but he's made quite a name for himself as of late as a talented MC. But he's chosen to go a different route and challenge himself artistically on his forthcoming new album, Moon Goddess, which will be a collection of spare acoustic tracks. This tranquil video for the record's title track was shot by Sharri Keller on the banks of the Mississippi River, with the chirping of the birds giving the serene, reflective track an even more natural, earthly feel. Krane is set to play his first solo acoustic show at Icehouse on August 31, so if you want to get more of a taste of his new musical direction, you should definitely be at that show.
Superchunk - "Me & You & Jackie Mittoo"
Normally, the only way we'd be lucky enough to feature Superchunk on Local Frames is if the veteran Chapel Hill rock band enlisted a local director to shoot their new video. But, in their awesome new clip for "Me & You & Jackie Mittoo," the band asked music fans at record stores all over the country to hold up one of their favorite albums, which they then incorporated into their stylish new video. Frequent Gimme Noise contributor (and Secret Stash employee) Danny Sigelman and Current DJ Jake Rudh are both briefly featured in the video, holding up classic albums at the Electric Fetus (Coltrane's A Love Supreme for Sigelman and Bowie's Heroes for Rudh). It's a great concept for a video, especially in promotion for a new record called I Hate Music.
batteryboy - "minus one together (Live at Kitty Cat Klub)"
This intimate, moving live performance from batteryboy finds the band playing an unreleased song called "minus one together" for a lucky crowd at Kitty Cat Klub. The group set up on the floor in front of the stage for this performance, bringing their emotional music even closer to the hearts of their fans. This stirring performance was thankfully captured by Griffin Larson of The Great Us, and based on how good this live version is, the band should definitely think about recording a studio take on the number sometime soon. Batteryboy are opening for Ewert and the Two Dragons at the 7th Street Entry on September 27.
King Fuvi - "Are You Ready?"
The last we heard from King Fuvi, the emerging MC was dropping some lively verses about the Light Rail system. Now, he's back with an even more important message, in this anti-violence themed new track, "Are You Ready?" which serves as an inspired tribute to Trayvon Martin. Fuvi's smooth rhymes are layered with frustration at Martin's untimely death, as well as the prevalence of violence as misguided solutions to problems in these troubled modern times of ours.
Black Diet - "Perfect Strangers/Unbroke (Live from KFAI's Studio 5)"
The soulful Black Diet crew recently dropped by KFAI's Studio 5 for a vibrant live session, with the band delivering impassioned takes on "Perfect Strangers" and "Unbroke" for KFAI's radio listeners as well as those lucky enough to be in the studio to witness it. Black Diet just released a wonderful split EP with Southside Desire, and are set to play the Nomad on August 29.
Laura Marling - "Where Can I Go? (Live on the Current)"
During Laura Marling's stirring sold-out show at the Woman's Club, she told a charming (if a bit lengthy) story about her sojourn to St. Paul earlier that day to play a session at the Current's UBS Forum. Now, fans who weren't lucky enough to attend that intimate performance can see and hear exactly what they missed with this lovely clip of the UK songstress singing "Where Can I Go?" a song that wasn't part of her setlist later that night. You can listen to Marling's full session, including an interview with Steve Seel here.
The Cabinet - "The Hard Way"
The Cabinet are a fiery new rap collective featuring the lyrical and musical talents of Midway Felix, The Lioness, Master Mind, Kaleem, TryBishop, and Mic Titan. Their self-titled record was released earlier this summer on Titan Administration Records, and this banging track should certainly get the attention of local music fans who have been sleeping on this crew. The booming beat featured on "The Hard Way" was produced by Nicadimas, while this lively black & white video was directed by Adam J. Dunn.
Metric's Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw - "Help I'm Alive (Live on Wits)"
Following the recent announcement of Wits stellar, star-studded lineup for their fall 2013 season, we take an affectionate look back at one of the best moments of the past Wits season. The night before Metric headlined Rock The Garden, Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw partook in an episode of Wits at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. This stirring take on "Help I'm Alive" was one of the clear highlights of the night, and perfectly exemplifies the magic that can happen during an episode of Wits.
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