Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week
This week we lead off with an Alice In Wonderland nightmare clip from the atmospheric Minneapolis garage rock quartet, Crimes, taken from their new record, Thin Sunlight, which is coming out in May. There's also a new Brother Ali video relased in support of the Occupy Homes movement (featuring Tom Morello, Jackson Browne, Slug, P.O.S. I Self Devine, and others), a trailer for a forthcoming documentary on Grant Hart, an MN Original preview of their upcoming Rock The Garden special, an intimate Live Letters performance from Fathom Lane, as well as a host of recent radio in-studio sessions from Why?, Django Django, Aby Wolf & Grant Cutler, and Frightened Rabbit. Enjoy!
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Crimes - "Poison"
The mercurial Minneapolis quartet Crimes are back with a new video for "Poison," which takes some eerie, black and white footage from an archival version of Alice In Wonderland and combines it with the fitful rock featured on their new song. The clip, produced by Garrett D. Tiedemann, gives the already combustible number even more of a moody edge, and certainly bodes well for the rest of their new album, Thin Sunlight, which you can currently stream via Crimes' bandcamp page, and pick up at their record release show at Icehouse on May 10. In between, the band has one last show before their record release, on April 5 at the Turf Club with the always awesome Leisure Birds and Strange Relations.
Brother Ali - "Work Everyday"
Brother Ali's tireless work for the disenfranchised here in the Twin Cities have been well documented both in our pages and online. His new video for "Work Everyday" is dedicated to the struggle of giving people everywhere a voice as well as some hope. The clip features some pretty heavy hitters in the local and national music scene as well, with Tom Morello, Jackson Browne, BK-One, Slug of Atmosphere, P.O.S, I Self Devine, and a host Ali's close activist friends all lending their voices and energy to the struggle. The stirring clip was directed by Andrew Melby, and Ali describes the meaning and movement behind the clip best himself, "This video is a glimpse into the incredible work that's being done by common people who have decided to work together to demand justice."
Django Django - "Love's Dart (Live on the Current)
Shortly before the London-based quartet Django Django recently performed in front of a sold-out First Avenue, getting a Twin Cities crowd dancing away to their infectious rhythms, no less, the ebullient group dropped by the Current for an intimate, stripped-down in-studio session which includes this striking version of "Love's Dart." This acoustic version features drummer David Maclean playing a cardboard box but still managing to give the song a driving back beat. "Love's Dart" is definitely one of the quieter moments on the young group's self-titled debut, but it certainly one of most indelible moments as well, as this gorgeous version attests to.
Fathom Lane - "Sweet Sept"
The captivating Minneapolis sextet Fathom Lane recently put on an intimate Live Letters performance featuring plenty of tracks from their debut album, Down By Half, including this poignant rendition of "Sweet Sept." Frontman Michael Ferrier and his vocal partner Ashleigh Still have a much more high profile gig lined up this Saturday as they will be opening for Freedy Johnston at the Aster Cafe. It's only a matter of time until Fathom Lane's moving brand of elegant, countrified rock 'n' roll wins over the majority of music fans here in the Twin Cities, and this stirring clip, featuring the photography, editing, and FX work of Jeremy Krzmarzick, should give everyone an affecting glimpse of just what the band's about.
MN Original - Rock The Garden 2012 Special
Rock The Garden is typically one of the best outdoor musical parties to happen in Minnesota, and last year's iteration was no exception. Great weather, combined with fantastic (mostly) local acts, and a crowd that was clearly there to have a good time, all amounted to a memorable concert experience that area music fans will remember for quite a while. The good folks over at MN Original were there documenting the whole wonderful event, and this Sunday on tpt2, they are airing their Rock The Garden 2012 music special in order to get you psyched for the Current's upcoming announcement of the acts that will perform at RTG 2013. The special is airing twice this Sunday, at 6 p.m. and later that night at 10 p.m. Tune in and relive the special moments that took place, and who knows, maybe you'll see yourself in the crowd.