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Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

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.

We get things going this week with a new video from the Sudden Lovelys, a hard-working duo out of Nordeast Minneapolis who are set to release a new album in March. We're also featuring clips from Grayshot, Dan Hylton and the Ghostrunners, Apollo Quad, and a Real Numbers video directed by Gordon Byrd. There are also a ton of terrific performance clips in the spotlight this week, with rousing live videos from STNNNG in France, Lizzo (singing about Paris), Kristoff Krane, Pennyroyal, and a gorgeous glimpse of the Nightingale Trio singing from behind Minnehaha Falls. Enjoy!

See Also: Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week (No Bird Sing, Taj Raj, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Lovely Dark, and more)

The Sudden Lovelys - "Gone Is Time"

The Sudden Lovelys are a self-described "aggressive folk two-piece" out of Nordeast Minneapolis. The group, comprised of Daniel and Paige Ferraro, will be celebrating the release of their new full-length, Brave and Alive, next month with a record release show at Icehouse on March 22. This video is for their catchy first single from the album, "Gone Is Time," which finds the pair playing the roles of their respective grandparents over the years. It's a touching, lovely tribute to those who have come before us, as well as the enduring, evocative power of music. Throw in a Ray Davies reference and I am definitely hooked by this sprightly, vibrant number, and look forward to hearing more from their forthcoming record, which they fittingly recorded at the Pearl Studio.

STNNNG - Live at Canal 93, Bobigny, France

The guys in STNNNG are currently laying waste to the stages of France, and this blistering live clip of the band tearing through an expansive version of the title track to their recent record, Empire Inward, shows just how potent their live show is and how boisterous and into it the French crowds are. From all accounts, the group appears to be having a blast on their current tour, and with gigs as explosive as this in front of rowdy French music fans, who wouldn't enjoy themselves.

Lizzo - "Paris (Live on the Current)"

To carry on the French theme in this week's Local Frames, here is an in-studio performance of Lizzo playing her new -- Lena Dunham approved -- track, "Paris" for the Current. Lazerbeak's pounding beats have hints of the Beastie Boys' anthem, "So What'cha Want," while Lizzo's spirited rhymes are augmented by her partner in crime, Sophia Eris. Lizzo just finished up a short European jaunt, and after hitting up SXSW she sets off on a U.S. tour with Marijuana Deathsquads, before she stops at the Mid West Music Fest in April.

The Nightingale Trio - "Vdova (North Shore Sessions)"

One of the scarce good aspects of this harsh winter we're currently enduring, is the absolutely stunning, frozen images of ice coming in from all over the state. Whether it's the Lake Superior ice caves, or this video of the Nightingale Trio performing from behind an ice covered Minnehaha Falls, there is plenty of beauty to be seen outdoors if you are willing to brave the brutally cold conditions. Minneapolis' own Sarah Larsson is part of this lovely trio of vocalists, who sound incredible in this striking setting of the Falls which has surprisingly remarkable acoustics. The talented folks at North Shore Sessions stylishly captured this elegant session that might just be the best thing to come out of this harsh, neverending winter.

Kristoff Krane - Animal Freestyle (Live at Icehouse)

Anyone who has ever seen Kristoff Krane perform knows that the local MC can freestyle with the best of them, taking suggestions from the crowd and deftly (and hilariously) working them seamlessly into rhymes he makes up on the spot. This clip from a performance at Icehouse illuminates Krane's lyrical talents, and serves as great promotion for his extensive (44 tracks!) new retrospective, I Freestyle Life {2005-2013}, which Kristoff just released. Anyone who purchases the album gets a download of the mini-documentary, A Day In The Life: Kristoff Krane, which the video above is drawn from. The doc is shot by PCP of Unique Techniques, who gives you an unguarded glimpse into the life of the hard-working local musician and how much of himself he pours into his songs and his shows.

 

Real Numbers - "Ordeal"

Minneapolis quartet Real Numbers' relentlessly catchy track, "Ordeal," is given a stylish video treatment by Teenage Moods' Gordon Byrd. The clip has a definite Warhol Factory vibe to it, with the band looking like a modern day Velvet Underground -- while sounding like the Kinks. It all adds up to an exciting musical and visual statement from the band, who certainly caught our attention with their spirited recent EP, Only Two Can Play. The group has an "April Fools Extravaganza" planned on April 1 at the Hexagon, with their friends Frankie Teardrop, Joust, and Peach Kelli Pop.

Pennyroyal - "M List" from Dan Huiting on Vimeo.

Pennyroyal - "M List (Live at Hymie's)"

The next dynamic video from the recent PBR-sponsored Live at Hymie's Records series is from Pennyroyal, who deliver this rousing version of "M List," that kicks off their recent record, Baby I'm Against It. Once again, the clip is shot by Dan Huiting and his talented crew, who capture the energy and originality of the band in the warm, intimate confines of one of the best record stores in Minneapolis. A winning combination if ever there was one.

Grayshot - "Landslide"

Minneapolis alt-pop trio Grayshot are in the process of writing and recording some new material, but decided to shake things up by bringing some cameras into their intimate studio and recording this live performance clip of "Landslide." The black & white vid gives the pulsating, U2-like track a stylish edge, while also providing a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the close quarters where the band makes their music. The group has a show scheduled at Red Star in Duluth on March 21, but will surely schedule more local shows once they have finished recording their new album.

Dan Hylton and the Ghostrunners - "Faith, and Lies, and Promises"

Minneapolis indie-acoustic musician Dan Hylton and his band of Ghostrunners are set to release a new EP, You Will Go To The Moon, on Saturday, March 15 at the Acadia, and this video for "Faith, and Lies, and Promises" is the first track lifted from that new collection. The clip was directed by Hylton himself, and edited by Aaron Johnson, and the video suitable captures the plaintive spirit of the song as well as what winter on the cold streets of Minneapolis actually looks like. Hylton will screen this video along with one other clip at the Acadia, along with playing a set of music featuring tracks from the new EP.

Apollo Quad - "Old Soul"

Apollo Quad
are an emerging hip-hop quartet out of Minneapolis, who bring a refreshing live-band flavor to their spirited sound. They have a new album, The War on Mediocrity, due out next month, and they are celebrating with a record release show at the Fine Line on March 21, with No Bird Sing, Lake Avenue and Earth Insight joining in the fun -- with the band graciously donating a portion of their CD sales that night to the Whyhunger Foundation. The first track and video lifted from that collection is "Old Soul." The clip is directed and edited by Tim McGuire, who captures the band on stage in their natural environment, as well as at different spots throughout town. The energetic, catchy track builds as it goes on, with the lyrical talents of Hythum El-sayyad backed by the dynamic beats of the band. 


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