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 kick things off this week with the soulful, impassioned new video for "Lady, You Shot Me," from Har Mar Superstar, which finds the unabashed crooner taking his sound in an adventurous direction on his stellar new record, Bye Bye 17. We also have a stirring MN Original performance from the local neo-soul outfit, Southside Desire, drawn from an episode that just aired over the past weekend.
In addition to those fine clips, we've got rousing new videos from Hardcore Crayons, the Farewell Circuit, and Multiple Cat, as well as a live TV studio performance from Color Pharmacy, fantastic clips from both Caroline Smith & the Goodnight Sleeps and Prof recorded live at First Avenue, and a wild Oreo spot soundtracked by Owl City. We also shine a spotlight on a really cool new video and performance concept by Jake Schaefer called Standing Room Only, which kicks off with a spirited collaboration between Murs and Fashawn. Enjoy!
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Har Mar Superstar - "Lady, You Shot Me"
Har Mar Superstar has been connecting with his growing audience here in the Twin Cities for years, with bold, energetic performances that typically result in Sean revealing much more of himself than just his songs. In this striking, retro-flavored new clip for his current single, "Lady, You Shot Me," Har Mar is looking dapper in a stylish suit and bow tie combo that doesn't stay buttoned for long as he pulls a James Brown towards the end of the clip, which was directed by Warren Fu and filmed at Cheetah's in Silverlake, California. The song is a smooth new departure for Har Mar, and is indicative of the inspired material found on his new album, Bye Bye 17.
Southside Desire - "When I Was Your Queen (Live on MN Original)"
Minneapolis's Southside Desire get all glammed up for their performance on MN Original, busting out some sweet choreographed dance moves to enhance the irresistible soul of "When I Was Your Queen." The track is lifted off of the sextet's 2012 album, Songs To Love And Die To, which the group just remastered digitally. The band also has a forthcoming split 7" due out on their very own Piñata Records with their good friends in Black Diet. Southside Desire have a some fun upcoming shows planned in the future, including a prominent place on the Memory Lanes Block Party next Saturday. You should try and catch them live if you can.
Hardcore Crayons - "100,000 Happy Meals"
This sprawling, theatrical (and downright hilarious) new video for Hardcore Crayons new single, "100,000 Happy Meals," captures the tension that results when a prize must be split three-ways. While each of the trio takes turns with their hard-earned trophy, a strange sense of possession settles in over each of the members and chaos results. The track is the tempestuous centerpiece of the band's excellent recent EP, Just For Grins, while the clever clip was shot by Alexander Stevens and directed/edited by Hardcore Crayons bassist Dominic Hanft. The band's next show will be on Saturday, June 15th at 331 Club with Haunted Heads and Vernon Wayne.
The Farewell Circuit - "We Were Wolves"
The Farewell Circuit are back with a proper video for the title track from their forthcoming EP, We Were Wolves, which is due out on May 28. The stark but stylish clip was directed by Brian Suerth, and it captures the beauty and the repetitious boredom of the mundane experiences we subject ourselves to on a daily basis, and the desire to break free from those confines. The group is celebrating their new EP with a record release party planned at Icehouse on June 7, with Dear Data in support.
The Multiple Cat - "The Hill Pt. 1"
The Multiple Cat was a band that started back in the mid-90'sin the Quad Cities primarily as a musical and creative outlet for singer/songwriter/producer Patrick Stolley, who went on to serve as a founding member and principal recordist for Daytrotter. But now, the Multiple Cat are back with their first new songs in over a decade, and their new record, The Return Of The Multiple Cat, is set for release on the St. Paul-based record label, Guilt Ridden Pop. "The Hill Pt. 1" is drawn from that new collection, and the breezy, vibrant track is given an equally striking video by Jon Burns. The group is marking their grand musical return with a fantastic, jam-packed record release show tomorrow night (May 17th) at Kitty Cat Klub with special guests Real Numbers, Fury Things, and Principality.
Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps - "Child Of Moving On (Live at First Avenue)"
As was evident at Caroline Smith's stunning and soulful recent set at the Mid West Music Fest in Winona, the singer/songwriter has shifted musical direction on her new batch of songs, and the initial results are quite impressive. This clip, which was directed by Dan Huiting, is drawn from Caroline's recent April 7th show at First Avenue, and captures the irresistible, slow-burning charm of Smith's new songs. Caroline and her band are hitting the road for some high-profile shows throughout the rest of May, but local audiences will certainly get plenty of chances to hear their new sound sometime very soon, with a highly-anticipated new album on the way as well.
Prof - MPLS Return Show Official Recap Video
Local MC Prof ruled over First Avenue back in April, with two consecutive sold-out shows at the venerable nightclub. And, for those fans who were there and those who weren't able to find their way into the shows, the Stophouse Group has compiled this short but wildly animated recap video of some of the spirited craziness that went down over the course of those two memorable nights.
The Color Pharmacy - "Son Of A Martyr (WCCO Local Music Tap Session)"
The Color Pharmacy have finally put the finishing touches on the gorgeous, purple-marbled vinyl of their self-titled new album, and recently dropped into the WCCO studios as part of the station's Local Music Tap series. This stirring, stripped-down version of "Son Of A Martyr," finds the band scaling back on the original version but losing none of the song's potency in the process. The group is set to take part in the upcoming Sixty Five Roses Festival, a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis foundation taking place at the Pourhouse on June 9 that should not be missed.
Murs and Fashawn - "The Other Side (Standing Room Only Session)"
Local music juggernaut Jake Schaefer came up with the great idea recently of bringing in touring musicians to play and record in his Minneapolis studio with an in-house band, creating a series he's calling Standing Room Only. The sessions will all be recorded, on both video and audio, with two videos and three live audio clips released from each session. The first Standing Room Only session comes from Murs and Fashawn, who cheekily start the video by sitting down. But the concept is a cool one -- kind of a hip-hop twist on the Daytrotter idea -- and if this spirited video is any indication, these sessions will result in plenty of cool, inventive collaborations in the future.
Owl City - Oreo Wonderfilled Anthem
During this past Sunday's episode of Mad Men, Oreo premiered their catchy, but entirely divisive, new animated 'Wonderfiled' commercial, with a Postal Service-like soundtrack provided by our very own Owl City. The spot, which was created by The Martin Agency in Richmond, Virginia, features colorful, animated images of vampires, a Yeti, as well as the irresistible creamy goodness of Oreos themselves, all set to the sugary sweet tones of the celebrated local singer/songwriter, Adam Young. There seems to be an equal amount of both love and hate for the commercial (which seems to be the case with anything Owl City is involved in), but the memorable, imaginative spot has certainly got people talking, which is precisely what advertisers want out of their creative efforts.
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