Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week
Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps - "Child Of Moving On (Live at First Avenue)"
As was evident at Caroline Smith's stunning and soulful recent set at the Mid West Music Fest in Winona, the singer/songwriter has shifted musical direction on her new batch of songs, and the initial results are quite impressive. This clip, which was directed by Dan Huiting, is drawn from Caroline's recent April 7th show at First Avenue, and captures the irresistible, slow-burning charm of Smith's new songs. Caroline and her band are hitting the road for some high-profile shows throughout the rest of May, but local audiences will certainly get plenty of chances to hear their new sound sometime very soon, with a highly-anticipated new album on the way as well.
Prof - MPLS Return Show Official Recap Video
Local MC Prof ruled over First Avenue back in April, with two consecutive sold-out shows at the venerable nightclub. And, for those fans who were there and those who weren't able to find their way into the shows, the Stophouse Group has compiled this short but wildly animated recap video of some of the spirited craziness that went down over the course of those two memorable nights.
The Color Pharmacy - "Son Of A Martyr (WCCO Local Music Tap Session)"
The Color Pharmacy have finally put the finishing touches on the gorgeous, purple-marbled vinyl of their self-titled new album, and recently dropped into the WCCO studios as part of the station's Local Music Tap series. This stirring, stripped-down version of "Son Of A Martyr," finds the band scaling back on the original version but losing none of the song's potency in the process. The group is set to take part in the upcoming Sixty Five Roses Festival, a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis foundation taking place at the Pourhouse on June 9 that should not be missed.
Murs and Fashawn - "The Other Side (Standing Room Only Session)"
Local music juggernaut Jake Schaefer came up with the great idea recently of bringing in touring musicians to play and record in his Minneapolis studio with an in-house band, creating a series he's calling Standing Room Only. The sessions will all be recorded, on both video and audio, with two videos and three live audio clips released from each session. The first Standing Room Only session comes from Murs and Fashawn, who cheekily start the video by sitting down. But the concept is a cool one -- kind of a hip-hop twist on the Daytrotter idea -- and if this spirited video is any indication, these sessions will result in plenty of cool, inventive collaborations in the future.
Owl City - Oreo Wonderfilled Anthem
During this past Sunday's episode of Mad Men, Oreo premiered their catchy, but entirely divisive, new animated 'Wonderfiled' commercial, with a Postal Service-like soundtrack provided by our very own Owl City. The spot, which was created by The Martin Agency in Richmond, Virginia, features colorful, animated images of vampires, a Yeti, as well as the irresistible creamy goodness of Oreos themselves, all set to the sugary sweet tones of the celebrated local singer/songwriter, Adam Young. There seems to be an equal amount of both love and hate for the commercial (which seems to be the case with anything Owl City is involved in), but the memorable, imaginative spot has certainly got people talking, which is precisely what advertisers want out of their creative efforts.