The week's edition of Local Frames launches with a new video from bliss uk. We also have new clips from Har-di-Har, S. Carey, Perez, Sammy Brown, and Moving Parts, along with live performance videos from Kanye West featuring Allan Kingdom, Heiruspecs featuring Carnage the Executioner, Black Market Brass, and an in-studio at the Current from Wolf Alice. Enjoy!
bliss uk - "4"
Minneapolis pop trio bliss uk just had their video for "4" premiere on Impose earlier this week. Their brand-new EP, Cassette, features five songs with simple numerical titles. The dreamscapes crafted by the group -- comprised of former Wet Hair bassist Justin Thye, drummer Oliver Moltaji, and Tyler Fjeld -- bring a welcomed sonic texture to the current Twin Cities music scene. The suitably colorful video was directed by Lily Lake, who stylishly captures the mood of the song with her vivid visuals. Look for a full-length debut from bliss uk in August.
Har-di-Har - "We Scare Each Other"
Twin Cities freak-pop duo Har-di-Har release a new EP this Saturday at Bedlam Theatre Lowertown with openers Gloom Balloon, Phantom Tails, and Hanan. The group has just put out their first video from the new collection, "We Scare Each Other." The retro-colored images featured in the clip evoke old middle school instructional films, which perfectly suits the inventive looped vocals and buoyant rhythms of the track. Har-di-Har have plans to release their full-length debut sometime this fall.
Kanye West (featuring Allan Kingdom) - "All Day"
Kanye West brought out Allan Kingdom for this fiery, electrifying live performance of his new single, "All Day," at the Brit Awards. The performance footage is now the official video for the studio version of the track (which also features Theophilus London and Paul McCartney). Kingdom's brief vocal flurry on the hook of the track even gets Taylor Swift shaking it in the crowd. Kingdom has a chance to win over many more fans with his headlining slot at First Avenue's stacked Midwest Day Party at SXSW.
S. Carey - "Neverending Fountain"
South Minneapolis filmmaker Davin Haukebo-Bol just crafted a gorgeous new music video for S. Carey's "Neverending Fountain," one of the standout tracks on his recent Supermoon EP. Davin shot the video entirely in Alaska. "I spent three weeks there last summer," explains Haukebo-Bol. "I traveled over 2,000 miles, capturing video and time lapse between Fairbanks, Homer, Seward, Denali, hiking up to glaciers and ice fields, as well as pulling over and finding random awesome nature on the side of the road." You can catch S. Carey live at the upcoming Eaux Claires music festival this July 17 and 18.
Perez - "Pretty"
This sultry clip for Perez's new single, "Pretty," is the title track lifted off of their new EP. Signed to Totally Gross National Product, Perez is a creative collaboration between Nicholas Larkins Perez and Mark McGee, and the fruits of their partnership are quite beguiling. Nicholas (who is primarily a filmmaker) directed and cut the stylish video for "Pretty," with the baptismal images of the clip meshing with the soulful tone and tenor of the track. You can catch Perez live at the Seward Cafe on April 4, where they will be joined by Joey Joey Michaels, Choral Reefr, and Lunar Bedrooms.
Heiruspecs - "Tongue Slingers (featuring Carnage the Executioner - Live on the Lowertown Line)"
The Lowertown Line recently did a surprise pop-up show featuring Heiruspecs and PaviElle at Vieux Carré in St. Paul (a new club run by the Dakota Jazz Club in the old Artists' Quarter space). And during Heiruspecs lively set, they were joined by Carnage the Executioner, who helps add to the lyrical fire of "Tongue Slingers." The funky track is made even more potent by the cozy surroundings of the venue (with the stage barely holding the sprawling band), as Heiru and Carnage feeds off of the energy of the crowd surrounding them. Look for more great gigs at Vieux Carré as the warmer months settle over the Twin Cities.
Wolf Alice - "Moaning Lisa Smile (Live on the Current)"
The North London alt-rock quartet Wolf Alice recently made a surprising stop at the Current studios even though they didn't have a local gig scheduled yet on their U.S. tour. This in-studio performance of "Moaning Lisa Smile" gives a hint of what's to come at Wolf Alice's upcoming Twin Cities debut at the Turf Club on May 5.
Black Market Brass - "Half A Cig"
The sprawling funk and soul collective Black Market Brass recently rocked the crowd at the Cabooze. Local videographers Tim McGuire, John Hudson and Renee Bodenschatz were there to capture the instrumental magic of "Half A Cig." The group will play the Turf Club this Friday alongside The Lakers (doing an all-instrumental soul set) and Gospel Machine. The group is still working on recording their debut record.
Moving Parts - "Indiana"
Blissed-out indie rockers Moving Parts are back with a new video for "Indiana," which is the closing track on their new self-titled EP. The video itself, done by Nikko Modo, captures the group's record release show at Luck Machine Records, where they played alongside Rupert Angeleyes, Dem Atlas, and Heavy Petting. The jangly, buoyant guitar riffs that propel the track give the performance a summery vibe. The group just recorded a stellar session for Radio K, and are keeping the musical momentum going with a performance at Day Block Brewing on Friday along with Chalk and Clyde and the Scopes.
Sammy Brown - "How To Go To Confession"
Sammy Brown is the local singer/songwriter who partnered with her friend Zach Sobiech in the group A Firm Handshake. This video for "How to Go to Confession" is her affectionate ode to her fallen friend, with the video drawn from the performance that was part of 2015's Largest Clouds Choir at the Mall of America. Brown is donating all of the proceeds of her current single to the Zach Sobiech Osteocarcoma Fund. Sammy is also planning on making a rare solo performance at the upcoming Glitter Ball 6: Electric A-Go-Go at the Fine Line on Saturday, March 28, where she will play alongside Rubber Soul, Apollo Cobra, Enemy Planes, and Beast of Burden, with proceeds from that benefit show going towards Rock the Cause.
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