Local Frames: New videos from Cloud Cult, the Ocean Blue, Enemy Planes, and more
Niki Becker - "Can't Even Tell"
Minneapolis singer/songwriter Niki Becker has just released an indelible new video for "Can't Even Tell." The jaunty, acoustic/electric-guitar driven number comes from her lovely 2012 album, Sea Salt, while the animated black & white clip was done by the illustrious local artist, Rev K. The clever, whimsical video provides an elegant visual accompaniment to the track while also highlighting Becker's sportive lyrics.
Ashley DuBose - "I Want A Love (Featuring Mike Dreams)"
The soulful singer Ashley DuBose released her stylish debut album, Something More, back in May, and this is a remixed version of "I Want A Love," one of the standouts on the record. It features a couple fresh verses from the talented Brooklyn Center MC, Mike Dreams, and is the third single drawn from DuBose's album. The lovely video, which shows couples experiencing many of the places and events that make Minneapolis so special, was directed by Ben Hughes, and really compliments the track's moving, uplifting R&B vibe.
Kevin Bowe + the Okemah Prophets - "Never Don't Stay (Live on MN Original)"
The distinguished Minneapolis singer/songwriter/guitarist Kevin Bowe brought his trusty Okemah Prophets into the Terrarium studios to record this rollicking version of "Never Don't Stay" for a new MN Original session. The band is joined for this performance by the Jayhawks' Tim O'Reagan, who adds his distinct 12-string guitar work to the track's churning melody. If this spirited performance grabs your attention, you can catch Bowe and his band live tonight at Lee's Liquor Lounge along with Jillian Rae and Scott Walker.
Hopkins High School Spotlight Concert featuring Chris Koza
Rogue Valley frontman Chris Koza has a truly unique event planned for this Friday night, as he will be performing alongside the Hopkins High School Orchestra as part of the school's ongoing Orchestra Spotlight Series. Koza has rearranged his material in collaboration with the orchestra in what will surely be a special night for both Chris and the young high school musicians. This promo video for the performance shows some behind-the-scenes glimpses into what Koza and the orchestra have been working on together for the big show, which is rumored to include a cover of Radiohead's "Paranoid Android." Tickets as well as additional information about the event is available here.
Mixed Blood Majority - "Hallucination Music (Live on Radio K)"
The local supergroup Mixed Blood Majority (featuring Crescent Moon, Joe Horton, and Lazerbeak) recently dropped by the Radio K studios for an impassioned, lively session featuring some cuts from their debut record, including this rousing take on "Hallucination Music." Over Beak's fresh, booming beats, both Horton and Crescent Moon deliver their percipient lyrics as the slow-burning performance only builds in momentum. If you like this Radio K session, and the many others that we've featured on Local Frames, you should consider donating to the college station's ongoing fund drive.