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 kick things off with the first installment of Wiping Out Thousands' new video blog project, Crossing Wires, which aims to intimately and awesomely capture live performances by the duo, beginning with this clip shot recently in the Entry. There's also a brand new video from Low, who were just recently announced to be taking part in this summer's Rock the Garden. This week we're also featuring a tender ode to Lake Harriet by Carrie Rodriguez, dynamic new videos by the hip-hop upstarts Crunchy Kids as well as recent Rhymesayers signees the Uncluded, live clips from Saint Anyway and Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders, an MN Original performance from Ashley Gold, and a couple terrific Radio K in-studio performances from the Ericksons and Bora York. Enjoy!
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Wiping Out Thousands - "Beach (Live at 7th Street Entry)"
It's been a moment since we've heard anything from the typically hyper-productive Wiping Out Thousands (though the duo did just provide gorgeous photographic evidence documenting their recent trip out West where they got engaged -- congratulations Alaine and Taylor!!). But now the electro-clash outfit are back and trying something really cool to keep their fans engaged. They, in partnership with their friends Matt Barnes and Josh Bartz, have launched a video blog, Crossing Wires, which will provide intimate, multi-camera glimpses of the band performing live and in the studio. This first installment is a live take on "Beach" taken from a recent show at the 7th Street Entry, and features a Wizard Of Oz-like jump from black and white to color when the song really kicks in. If this inspires you to want to see Wiping Out Thousands live, they are set to open for Roster McCabe at the Cabooze this Friday.
Low - "Just Make It Stop"
Low have seemed to be everywhere as of late, whether it's playing to a sold-out Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul or performing after a screening of a new documentary on the band at MSPIFF. When they're playing in support of one of the best albums of their career, The Invisible Way, no one around here will be complaining of too much Low. Which is a good thing, since the Duluth trio have just been announced as one of the acts on the upcoming Rock the Garden bill. In addition to that exciting news, the band also dropped an official video for one of the standouts on the new record, "Make It Stop," directed by their longtime collaborator, Phil Harder. The group also announced a string of live dates with Mike Doughty in June, in addition to a full-scale European tour so that they can share their wonderful new music with the rest of the world since we've been so spoiled as of late.
Crunchy Kids - "Nash Money"
Crunchy Kids are an upstart hip-hop hybrid quartet out of Minneapolis, and this spirited clip for "Nash Money" is drawn from their forthcoming full-length, Mint. It features the band laying down a smooth groove before (Slim) Chance York kicks things into high gear with his energetic flow. The clip, which was shot in the Solar Arts Building in NE Minneapolis, was directed by Arlo Myren with Anthony Cousins serving as cinematographer and Jay Anker doing the editing. The crew are celebrating the release of Mint with a big show at Cause on May 17, and if you like what you see and hear in this clip, you should definitely get down there and support them.
Carrie Rodriguez - "Lake Harriet (Live on KUTX)"
Americana singer/songwriter Carrie Rodriguez obviously carries a part of Minneapolis fondly in her heart, an affection which comes out clearly on this recent in-studio performance of "Lake Harriet," the Austin, Texas native's warmhearted ode to one of the most beautiful lakes here in Minneapolis. Rodriguez was just at the Cedar this past Sunday, before she continues down the road sharing the new songs from her recently released full-length, Give Me All You Got, which is where "Lake Harriet" is drawn from.
Bora York - "Ghost Lights (Live on Radio K)"
Minneapolis dream-pop sextet Bora York recently dropped by the Radio K studios for an enthralling session, which featured this wonderful performance of "Ghost Lights." The track is the centerpiece on the band's stirring debut full-length, Dreaming Free, which was just released at the end of March. The group is lead by the endlessly productive Chris Bartels and his wife Rebekah, and their soothing music should help ease the sting of winter never really leaving us this year and hopefully usher in the first warm blush of spring. Catch them live at the 7th Street Entry on Thursday, April 25 with William Tyler and Southwire.
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders - "Barkin' Up The Wrong Tree"
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders have built their reputation as well as their fan base due to their exuberant live shows, and this clip of "Barkin' Up The Wrong Tree" shows what all of the excitement is all about. The live video was shot at Crankshaft's recent record release party at Famous Dave's, and with all of the energy coming from the band you can definitely tell that they were enjoying themselves, as was the crowd. Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders are playing this Saturday night at Lee's Liquor Lounge with Crooked Saws, so if you're looking to get a little loose this weekend, you should definitely check this show out.
Ashley Gold - "One And Only (Live on MN Original)"
Two years have passed since Ashley Gold released her debut full-length, Late Bloomer, but the Minneapolis singer/songwriter is back with a new EP, This Sinking Ship, which was just released for free download this past Tuesday. This stirring performance of "One And Only" was shot at the TPT studios in St. Paul for MN Original, and finds Gold in fine voice as she effortlessly carries the song home.
The Ericksons - "Gone Blind (Live on Radio K)"
The folk-stylings of the Ericksons have been captivating local audiences for a while now, and this lovely, delicate in-studio session at Radio K should widen their fan base considerably. "Gone Blind" is the lead-off track on their stellar new record, The Wild, an album which should find its way into the collection of every music lover in the area and beyond. The Ericksons are also set to take part in this year's Mid West Music Fest in Winona, with a performance at the Masonic Temple Theater tonight at 7:15.
The Uncluded - "Delicate Cycle"
Speaking of the Mid West Music Fest, one of last year's headliners, Kimya Dawson, has recently formed a new musical project with Aesop Rock called the Uncluded. And the inventive duo have signed with the celebrated local label Rhymesayers, who will be putting out their debut LP, Hokey Fright, on May 7th. "Delicate Cycle" is drawn from that forthcoming full-length, and finds the pair combining their distinctive musical talents in a fresh new way. The video was directed by Pete Lee and Ben Fee, and for all of you cat lovers out there, it even features a cameo from everyone's favorite feline star, Lil Bub.
Saint Anyway - "Burnin' Down The House (Live at Redstar)"
The Cloquet Americana bluegrass trio Saint Anyway just released this live clip of them performing a stomping rendition of "Burnin' Down The House," in promotion of their upcoming East Coast jaunt, which will take them to some great stages in Westerly, Rhode Island, New Haven, Connecticut, New York City, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. The group is touring in support of their recent record, Behemoth, and hopefully the rest of the country will fall as in love with this band as their fans have here in Minnesota.
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