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.
A brand new video from Lizzo starts us off strongly this week. We've also got new clips from Trampled By Turtles (featuring a Har Mar Superstar cameo), Farewell Milwaukee, Manny Phesto (feat. Greg Grease), Carnage the Executioner, and a North Shore Session from Willy Mason. We're also featuring live performance videos from CLAPS, Shiro Dame, Animal Lover, and Liam Gerard. Enjoy!
Lizzo - "Bus Passes and Happy Meals"
Lizzo leads things off at Local Frames this week just days after playing her biggest local show yet on Saturday at Rock the Garden. In her new video for the Lizzobangers standout "Bus Passes and Happy Meals," she calls on street dancer Lil Buck (and a tiger) to help her get down in the desert outside of Las Vegas. The stylish clip was directed by Annette Navarro, who gives a vibrant touch to a song that already had plenty of attitude and energy. Fresh off of being named one of Rolling Stone's "10 New Artists You Need To Know in 2014," Lizzo hits the road to make sure everyone across the pond is aware of her with high-profile sets at Glastonbury, Summerfest in Milwaukee, the Wireless Festival in London next weekend, and Reading and Leeds at the end of the month. She's also got a fall tour with Clean Bandit that brings her to some big clubs out East as well as Chicago's Lincoln Hall on September 22.
Trampled By Turtles - "Wild Animals"
Trampled By Turtles are set to release their highly anticipated new album, Wild Animals, on July 15. And they have just released the cinematic new video for the title track, which was directed and produced by Philip Harder. The poignant number is augmented by scenes of New York in the rain, along with the cab driving cameo of fellow Minnesota musician Har Mar Superstar, who gives us a blurry glimpse of the city that never sleeps through his rain-streaked windows. Ahead of their album release (and their curated Festival Palomino on September 20), Trampled by Turtles are playing a couple of high-profile shows in Northern Minnesota, June 27 at the Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead (with Doomtree opening), and Saturday, June 28 at Bayfront Park in Duluth with Doomtree, Low, and Haley Bonar.
Farewell Milwaukee - "Let Me Sleep Tonight"
Farewell Milwaukee return with another stylish new video, "Let Me Sleep Tonight," drawn from their most recent full-length record, Can't Please You, Can't Please Me. The clip, which is Chapter Three in an ongoing narrative, was directed by Chad Echols and Serena Kuo, who capture the desperation and anguish in the song itself, as well as its beauty and sense of loneliness. Farewell Milwaukee are playing the Oake on the Water event on July 31 at Maynard's in Excelsior, on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, where their stirring, evocative music should go over quite well underneath the summer sun.
Shiro Dame - "Create Found (Live on Radio K)"
The talented Minneapolis quintet Shiro Dame have been blowing up as of late, and for good reason. Their inventive, catchy songs and undeniable stage presence have won over plenty of local fans already, and for those who have been sleeping on the crew, catch this dynamic video of "Create Found," which was shot when Shiro Dame rolled through the Radio K studios recently. The band features the rich, soulful vocals of Sarah White, along with Rico Simon Mendez on guitar, synths, and beats; Blayr Alexander on drums; Dameun Strange on keytar; and Ike Russell on bass, who together craft an intoxicating, inventive sound that is sure to hook you soon enough, if it hasn't already. Shiro Dame have one official single out, "Crazy Ways," which they recorded at Humans Win! Studios, and hopefully they won't keep us all waiting too long to hear more. Catch Shiro Dame along with Greg Grease's new project, Zulu Zuluu, at the Dakota on Saturday, July 5.
CLAPS - Live at Shit Biscuit
CLAPS have long been one of my favorite local bands, and this moody, pulsating live performance captures many of the reasons why they have caught -- and held -- my attention over the years. The clip, recorded live at the awesomely named underground venue Shit Biscuit, was recorded by the ubiquitous UnderCurrentMPLS, who manages to get good quality videos of some of the hottest performances in town. An additional camera for this clip was provided by Manny Castro, and the result is a Gothic, synth-fueled performance from one of the area's most original, captivating bands.
Willy Mason - "Talk Me Down (North Shore Sessions)"
The talented people behind North Shore Sessions have consistently put out stunning, original videos that capture bands in unique locations that serve to complement their sound and their particular aesthetic. This new installment finds Willy Mason performing an acoustic ditty, "Talk Me Down," outside of the Loring Pasta Bar's Red Room (which is located underneath Bob Dylan's fabled old Dinkytown apartment). The clip was filmed and directed by Trent Waterman, who wisely keeps things pretty simple in the outdoor setting, letting Mason's music and lively guitar strains elevate the song and the performance into something quite special and pure.
Carnage the Executioner - "Attack of the Show Stealer"
Local hip-hop luminary Carnage The Executioner is back with the second episode of his Public Execution series, where he captures himself delivering a song and beats live on the spot in one take. This new clip finds the MC delivering the heated rhymes of "Attack of the Show Stealer," while also providing his own dynamic beats/beat boxing to keep the song churning forward. All with "no edits and no bullshit," as Carnage says below the clip. The performance was captured on two cameras by PCP for Unique Techniques Studios live at Cabin Fever. You can catch Carnage tonight as he takes part in the Rap 4 Life IV event at the Pourhouse, a benefit for mental health and organized neighborhood involvement. Carnage is also part of a stellar outdoor bill at the Music in Mears series on July 24 with Toki Wright.
Animal Lover - Guilt Release Party at Turf Club
Those of you who missed Animal Lover's explosive record release show for Guilt at the Turf Club back in May can now see exactly what you passed up on witnessing that night. The Minneapolis hard-rock trio had things in high gear straight from the get-go, and thankfully the good folks behind ears4eyes were there to expertly capture the entire breakneck 33-minute performance. The group spent the rest of the month of May touring the East Coast with abandon, and hopefully their raucous songs have caught on out there as well as they have here in the Twin Cities.
Manny Phesto - "Rabbit Hole (Feat. Greg Grease)"
Southside Minneapolis MC Manny Phesto is back with another fresh video, this time out for his vibrant jam with Greg Grease, "Rabbit Hole." The track was produced by Mike the Martyr, while the retro, psychedelic-drenched video was directed by Alan De Leon Taverna. The track is lifted off of Manny Phesto's potent and positive new album, Southside Looking In, which has started to make major waves in the local hip-hop scene since its release back in April. And for good reason too, as the production is top notch and the rhymes are inventive and entirely on point throughout the record. Expect some big things from this young breakout MC, as well as some big show announcements in the very near future.
Liam Gerard - "Tonight (Live at moto-i)"
St. Cloud singer/songwriter Liam Gerard recently made the trek to moto-i for a lovely artist showcase series, which featured this stirring performance of "Tonight." The intimate, relaxed nature of the venue really serves this song well, as Gerard and his tight three-piece supporting band really allow the track to swell, especially during the spirited choruses. "Tonight" is a bit reminiscent of Glen Hansard/The Frames, which is a testament to both Gerard's poignant songwriting and his impassioned delivery.
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