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 a brand new video from Allan Kingdom, an emerging MC that is making serious waves in the local scene. We've also got new clips from Black Diet, Hunting Club, MaLLy, Erik Koskinen, the Fattenin' Frogs, and Morality Crisis. Also watch some stellar live performances from Hardcore Crayons, Poliça, and a wonderful Tiny Desk concert from Dessa. Enjoy!
Allan Kingdom - "The Dwelling/Good Problems"
Earlier this year, we prominently featured Allan Kingdom in our list of artists who deserve to be famous, and now the vibrant young MC has just released a video for two of the standout tracks on his stellar Talk To Strangers album. The clip is divided into two seamless halves, with "The Dwelling" shot and edited by Alan De Leon Taverna, and featuring kaleidoscopic live clips of Kingdom performing at the Triple Rock, while the stark "Good Problems" portion of the video was shot by Checho and edited/directed by Allan himself. You can catch Kingdom live when he opens for Riff Raff at the Fine Line on December 21, and when he performs at the Best Love is Free 5 at First Avenue on February 15.
Dessa - Tiny Desk Concert
2013 has been another big year for Dessa. She just wrapped up another wild run of Blowout shows with her Doomtree crew, as well as a successful string of solo shows that brought her enthralling music to a wider and consistently receptive audience. For those who have yet to fully fall under Dessa's musical spell, this intimate Tiny Desk Concert for NPR music should certainly seal the deal -- and further endear Dessa to her already passionate fan base. She is joined for this lovely performance by her trusty touring band, including the dulcet backing vocals of Aby Wolf.
Black Diet - "You Did It To Yourself"
Black Diet make their video debut with "You Did It To Yourself," which is drawn from their recent split EP with their friends and Piñata Records labelmates, Southside Desire. The playful video was directed by Black Diet drummer David Tullis, and features a fun cameo from Hotpants DJ, Brian Engel. In addition to making the video, the group has just released a new single, "Thrown Stones," which will be featured on their forthcoming LP, Find Your Tambourine, which should be released in early 2014. Black Diet are playing with More Than Lights and Carnage the Executioner at the Cabooze on January 17.
Erik Koskinen - "Boomtown"
Erik Koskinen enlisted some talented musical friends to back him up on his lively new song, "Boomtown," with J.T. Bates on drums, Frankie Lee and Paul Bergen on guitar, and Mike Lewis on bass, and the combination is a potent one, as the stomping track simply slays. Koskinen wrote, recorded, and produced the songs featured on his forthcoming new record, America Theatre, and if "Boomtown" is any indication, the album is bound to be a hit throughout the local scene (and the national scene, as well -- if all is right with the world). The video features some grainy old films and found footage, which works well to compliment Koskinen's lyrics about the detriments of expansion and growth in the almighty name of progress, no matter what the ultimate costs are. It's a heady number, as well as a rocking one, and leaves us all waiting to hear more from Erik and his new batch of songs.
MaLLy - "Young"
MaLLy has just released a dynamic new EP, Strange Rhythm, which only builds on the steady flow of talent that coursed through his inventive LP, The Last Great. The cinematic video for one of MaLLy's stellar new tracks, "Young," was directed by Jason Ho, and features humorous guest appearances from Rapper Hooks and Alissa Paris who both join a colorful cast of characters in the fun clip. MaLLy's new EP was entirely produced by Get Cryphy DJ, Last Word, and finds the breakout MC delivering his heady, impassioned rhymes with a growing sense of confidence and original flair that is sure to bring his boundless talents to a much wider audience in 2014.
Poliça - "You Don't Own Me (Live on Jimmy Kimmel)"
Poliça recently dropped by Jimmy Kimmel's outdoor studio in Hollywood to once again play a couple of their songs for a national audience. Their enchanting version of Shulamith standout "Spilling Lines" was broadcast on the program, as well as a portion of this haunting cover of Leslie Gore's "You Don't Own Me," which the band has consistently been working into their live sets as of late. The hardworking local quartet had a massively successful year in 2013, and that well-deserved acclaim should follow them in '14 as they prepare for a lengthy tour of Europe beginning at the end of January, which will bring them to some of the most high profile rooms throughout the continent.
Hunting Club - "Magic Bullet"
Hunting Club finally gave their fans their long awaited full-length, Mosaic, back in June, and the Minneapolis quartet just offered up a playful, retro-tinged video for one of the best tracks from their ethereal record, "Magic Bullet." The clip features masked Nicholas Cage fans frolicking in the autumn forest, which suits the dreamy nature of the track perfectly. Catch Hunting Club at Cause on January 10 with Sleep Study, the Persian Leaps, and Launch Party.
Hardcore Crayons - "Daddy Issues (Live on Radio K)"
Minneapolis rock trio Hardcore Crayons recently dropped by the Radio K studios for a rousing live session featuring this wildly inventive rendition of "Daddy Issues." The group is at work to a follow-up to their 2012 EP, Just For Grins, and based on the imaginative churn of this track, the group definitely has something special in store for us. You can find out for yourself by checking out Hardcore Crayons live at the Amsterdam on December 20 as part of Todd Clouser's A Love Electric CD release with Fury Things rounding out the star-studded bill.
Morality Crisis - "Electric Friends"
Hardcore Twin Cities trio Morality Crisis went on a lengthy tour this past summer and fall, and thankfully documented some of the fun and festivities they got up to on the road in their new video for "Electric Friends." The storming, incendiary track is the closing number on the group's punishing EP, Boats. The group has since returned home, and is set to rock plenty of local stages in the upcoming year, beginning with a show at the Triple Rock on January 18 with Mourner, Thieves, and False.
The Fattenin' Frogs - "Comin' Home"
The Minneapolis roots rock septet the Fattenin' Frogs are back with their just-released second album, 12 Bars, and "Comin' Home" is the first video drawn from that sprightly new collection. The grainy, retro-tinged clip was directed, produced, and edited by Will Moses, and finds the band delivering their bouncy Americana clip on a dusty old dirt road, which adds to the rustic, natural appeal of the song itself. You can catch the Fattenin' Frogs at the Amsterdam on December 28, as well as at the venerable Ed's No Name Bar on January 24, for those of you in the Winona area.
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