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 begins with a brand new video from Fort Wilson Riot from their forthcoming album. We've also got new clips from Ménage Quad, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Marz Lovejoy, and Gospel Machine. We are also featuring two wonderful MN Original features on Paul Metzger and Run Westy Run, live performances from Fury Things and Moving Parts, and an inspiring Kill Kancer PSA featuring a bevy of local musicians. Enjoy!
Fort Wilson Riot - "Yes Indeed"
Minneapolis electro-pop duo Fort Wilson Riot are back with a new album, trIIIIun, due out on May 13. The first musical taste they are offering up from that new collection is "Yes Indeed," a futuristic, synth-laden R&B number that is matched by an equally metaphysical video, directed by Daniel Hoffstrom and Daniel Garritsen. trIIIIun was produced by Ryan Olcott (12 Rods, Mystery Palace), and finds the band boldly expanding their sonic palette while also refining their pulsating, textured sound. Fort Wilson Riot are celebrating the release of their new album with a record release show at the Triple Rock on Saturday, May 24, along with special guests La Liberte, C. Kostra, and DJ Mini Blanco.
Run West Run MN Original Feature
Back in December, the seminal Twin Cities band Run Westy Run reunited for their first shows in 15 years, playing back-to-back gigs at First Avenue and the Turf Club. The performances brought together many of the fans and musicians who formed the heart of the '80s music scene, celebrating a band who always played things loose and unpredictable. MN Original was there at First Avenue to capture it. This revealing feature is not only full of live clips from the performance, but interviews with the band and their supporters who waited a long time for the chance to see them play once again.
Paul Metzger MN Original Feature
MN Original also created this intimate look at the music and motivations of Paul Metzger. The idiosyncratic musician continues to garner plenty of new fans (with recent high-profile opening slots for Laura Marling and Bob Mould), as well as astonishing longtime supporters with his unique banjo-driven songs and sonic explorations. This feature gives fans a glimpse into the inspiration that fuels Metzger's work, as well as his distinctive modified banjo itself.
Fury Things - "Better Off (Live at Ecstattic Fest)"
A few weeks ago at the Turf Club, a bunch of talented, inventive bands convened as part of Ecstattic Fest, celebrating the production work of Ecstattic Studio's Ali Jaafar. The blistering garage-rock trio Fury Things were one of the bands on the jam packed bill, and the fine folks at UnderCurrentMPLS were there to capture the raw edge of their new song, "Better Off." The group is in the process of finishing up their forthcoming full-length, but still are keeping busy demolishing stages all over the cities. You can find out for yourself by catching Fury Things live when they open for Little Man's CD release show at Amsterdam on April 18, along with Pink Mink.
Koo Koo Kanga Roo - "The Coolest Person"
The ebullient party duo Koo Koo Kanga Roo are back with another playful and entirely infectious new video for "The Coolest Person." The track is drawn from their forthcoming album, Whoopty Whoop, which is due out on May 13 via Fun Fun Records. Ben Johnson and Kenny Abdo created, directed, and edited the wild, exuberant video, which features a recognizable cast of characters from within the local music scene all having a blast with the band. After touring all over the U.S. throughout April and May, Koo Koo Kanga Roo are returning home and throwing an afternoon, all-ages CD release show at Amsterdam on May 25, with Destroy Nate Allen, as well as an 18+ show later that same night with special guests Carroll and General B. and the Wiz.
Gospel Machine - "Just Call Me"
Gospel Machine are part of the current soul rock revival happening here in the Twin Cities. The quintet is comprised of music scene veterans Jayanthi Kyle (Black Audience, Romantica), and the Small Cities' Wes Burdine, Jimmy Osterholt, Scott Munson, and David Osborn, who all bring a distinctive flair to the captivating sounds of Gospel Machine. The infectious pulse of "Just Call Me" will be featured on the band's upcoming full-length debut, Your Holy Ghost. You can catch Gospel Machine live at Icehouse on April 16, along with PaviElle French.
Marz Lovejoy - "Discouraged"
This beguiling video for Marz Lovejoy's "Discouraged" was filmed entirely in Minneapolis. While Lovejoy is now a California resident, she was born and raised in Minneapolis, and proves in this captivating new video (directed by GRVTY and featuring wardrobe by Cliche) that she still has a warm spot in her heart for her hometown. Marz Lovejoy's debut full-length album, elePhant Soundz, is due out sometime in 2014, and by the sound of "Discouraged," it's quite clear that she is onto something smooth and soulful.
Moving Parts - "Subjective (Live at Monastery)"
A couple weeks back, we featured a dynamic live performance clip from Phantom Tails playing at Midnight Mass at Monastery. They continue to throw fantastic live gigs at the Monastery, and this clip of "Subjective" by Moving Parts is further visual and audio proof that these somewhat secret, underground shows are must-see events here in the city. Moving Parts even like the place so much that they released a live EP, Music From The Monastery, recorded there.
Kill Kancer Manifesto
This impassioned Public Service Announcement from the folks behind KillKancer.org features familiar sights, sounds, and faces within the Twin Cities music scene, all taking a stand against cancer. Slug, Toki Wright, and Doomtree's Mike Mictlan and P.O.S. all make appearances in the video, which brings awareness to the new nonprofit organisation founded by Mary Beth Mueller, the widow of Soul Asylum's Karl Mueller, who died of esophageal cancer. Kill Kancer is a way for Mary Beth to not only honor Karl's life and memory, but a way for her and everyone in the area to unite in the fight to help find a cure. On Friday, April 18, there is a Kill Kancer Benefit at the Cedar Cultural Center, with performances scheduled from Dave Pirner, Silverback Colony, Communist Daughter, Willie Murphy, Taj Raj, and other special guests. It will be a wonderful night of music, all for a great cause.
Ménage Quad - "Good Thing"
The local hip-hop/funk/swing collective Ménage Quad continue to churn out inventive videos for their songs. This clip, for "Good Thing," was filmed and directed by Eric Foret, who does a great job capturing the vibrant spirit of the song. The track is lifted from the group's recent album, Swing Soirée, a lively collection of songs that fuse all the disparate styles of the eight-piece band. You can catch Ménage Quad live tonight at the Cabooze, where they are headlining a stacked bill with Bombshell La Belle, False Teeth, Vision the Kid, Lifted Mindz, Monk McGinn and Irenic.
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