Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.
A rollicking live clip from Jack Klatt kicks off Local Frames this week. We've also got new videos from Ced Linus, The Mighty River, Sarah Morris, Botzy, and Vision the Kid & Tru. We're also featuring live performance videos from Célosia, What Tyrants, Haley Bonar, and a playful clip from Lizzo and Caroline Smith promoting their upcoming two night stand at First Avenue. Enjoy!
Jack Klatt - "The Booze Song (White Wall Sessions)"
The country blues stylings of Jack Klatt are captured elegantly by the folks behind South Dakota's White Wall Sessions music series. This lively -- and candidly titled -- original number, "The Booze Song," features Klatt's nimble guitar work alongside some understated washboard percussion by Patrick Harrison, all of which gives the tune a natural, unvarnished appeal which is complimented perfectly by the stark surroundings of the studio. There is a relaxed, barroom charm to Klatt's song, which draws you in with its frank lyrics about the bad decisions and mistakes we all make while under the influence. You can catch Jack Klatt live tomorrow night (September 26) as he provides music during the Full Moon Puppet Show at the Open Eye Theatre.
Célosia - "By the Sea" (Live on Radio K)
After heading off to Paris to hone their captivating sound, Célosia has returned back to Minneapolis to finish recording their debut album and to play a few shows and live sessions in the city. This stirring performance from Radio K highlights the evocative appeal of the group, while also showcasing the soulful vocals of Frances-Priya. "By The Sea" is lifted off of the group's debut EP, Fuzzy, which initially caught the attention of music fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Célosia have launched a fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo so fans can contribute to their cause and help them pay for recording and production costs for the full-length debut. Based on the beguiling nature of their debut single (and this captivating live performance), their forthcoming album should be something special.
Ced Linus - "Codes"
Minneapolis-based MC Ced Linus is set to release a new album called, Christ Like, in November, and this single for "Codes" is the first taste from that ambitiously titled record. The track was produced by Ced Linus, and the album is set to be released on his own label, Pledge Empire Records. The video -- directed and shot by Ben Seide -- was filmed at the Sculpture Garden in Minneapolis, which gives the fiery track by the Virginia Beach transplant some definite hometown flavor. The ominous beats gives the song a fresh bounce, while Linus' lyrical flow is potent and assured, giving the local hip-hop scene a decided jolt that should grow more prominent with the release of his forthcoming record.
The Mighty River - "Justice"
The Mighty River is a Montreal duo with deep Minnesota ties. Guitarist/pianist/vocalist Joel Mason is from St. Paul, and the natural surroundings of the Twin Cities certainly permeates through their stellar songs. This lovely, cinematic video for "Justice" captures plenty of the elegance of the band's sound. The track is lifted from the group's recently released Horsebird EP, an enthralling collection that fuses textured sonic experiments with straight forward rock jams. The compelling, thought-provoking video was filmed and edited by Jason O'Hara & Chris Beaver, and was directed by Mason and his talented bandmate Joel Gorrie. The EP was mixed by renowned producer Alex Oana, who was worked with Romantica and Kid Dakota in the past, a creative connection which only strengthens the local ties of the group.
Haley Bonar - "Last War (Live on the Lowertown Line)"
Haley Bonar has long since captured the attention of the local music scene in the area with her glorious recent record, Last War. Now, the talented singer/songwriter is set to take her band over to Europe in October and conquer a whole new set of audiences on lengthy tour. This wonderful performance of the title track to her new record from the group's celebrated Lowertown Line set should give new fans an idea what to expect from her live show, while also tide over those local fans who have to wait a while in order to get the chance to see Bonar play again. Thankfully, she has a really cool local show planned when she returns from tour, as Haley is set to Rock The Ordway on Wednesday, March 18.
Sarah Morris - "Used To Be Mine"
Local singer/songwriter Sarah Morris has gradually been winning over the hearts of Twin Cities music fans over the past few years. And this lovely video for her moving new single, "Used To Be Mine," should go a long way towards winning over even more listeners. "Used To Be Mine" -- which Morris recorded with Eric Blomquist at RiverRock Studios in Minneapolis -- completes a trilogy of songs that Morris released as part of her Single-A-Month summer project. She just celebrated the release of the new single and video with a successful show at Icehouse, and is set to play at Hell's Kitchen on October 5.
What Tyrants - "Hanging Out In Havana (Live at 7th Street Entry)"
As if the original video for What Tyrants' blistering single, "Hanging Out In Havana" wasn't cool enough, now the band has just released a crowd shot clip of them tearing through the number in the cozy confines of the 7th Street Entry. The already rousing track is given a more potent edge in a live setting, as the band completely throws themselves into the boisterous anthem. The performance was a celebration of the release of the band's new 7-inch, and they clearly were in fine form to mark the occasion. The video was filmed by David Tullis, who did a great job capturing the raw fury of the song while not being obtrusive nor getting steamrolled by the wild action in the pit in front of the stage. Long live rock 'n' roll, indeed.
Lizzo & Caroline Smith - Double Dose of Love
This short, playful clip from Lizzo and Caroline Smith serves as a goofy love letter to local music fans who quickly sold-out their Saturday night show together at First Avenue, prompting the good friends to add a second show on Friday (which is also close to selling out). The two musicians are clearly on fire right now, and these shows should be a celebration of their musical talents and boundless charisma. If you ever wanted to know what it would be like if Caroline and Lizzo hosted a public access TV show centered around casual dating advice, this little video will give you an idea of the ramshackle hilarity that would ensue. Bottom line, get yourself down to First Ave this Friday and/or Saturday, and you will most assuredly have a good time with these two ladies and their talented musical friends.
Vision the Kid & Tru - "Somewhere In A Dark City"
Local hip-hop duo Vision the Kid & Tru have just dropped another new single and accompanying video for "Somewhere In A Dark City," the title track to their second full-length album. The track features the vocal contributions of Ben Burwell from Taj Raj, who adds a catchy hook to the moody number which is pushed along by Tru's haunting beats and Vision the Kid's impassioned flow. The stylish black and white video, directed and produced by Colin Kopp, adds to the dark atmospherics of the song, which explores the shadows of what lingers in the hidden corners of the city late at night as things start to spin.
Botzy - "Flameburger"
The consistently prolific Minneapolis MC/producer Botzy is always hard at work on his next project, never keeping his growing legion of fans waiting too long to hear something new. His most recent single, "Flameburger," was given a fun video treatment that appropriately enough was shot in a diner. The song was produced by 2% Muck, whose siren-laden dynamic beats keep the song churning forward underneath Botzy's rapid-fire flow. There's plenty of familiar faces in the clip (including Bomba de Luz's Lydia Liza), with everyone getting into the vibrant spirit of the song outside of Flameburgers while showing off their impressive dance moves and colorful costumes.