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 we kicks things off emphatically with the punkish awesomeness of Kitten Forever, who look like they throw the world's best slumber party in their brand new video. We've also got Input Two of Wiping Out Thousands' Crossing Wires video series, which features footage of the band performing live in Minneapolis and Fargo. We're also featuring a revealing, nostalgic mini-documentary on Caroline Smith, which recently aired on Pioneer Public TV. We've also got brand new videos from Powderhorn Cranes, Botzy, Mixed Blood Majority, Mousey McGlynn, and Annie and the Bang Bang, as well as a cool condensed video capturing some of the craziness that went down Sunday at Soundset, and an engaging year-long video project from local artist Nate Maydole. Enjoy!
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Kitten Forever - "Famous Friends"
Raucous Minneapolis trio Kitten Forever are back with a brand new video for "Famous Friends," the lead single drawn from their forthcoming full-length, Pressure, which is due out sometime this summer on Guilt Ridden Pop. The breathless punk churn of the track is augmented by the festive spirit of the video, which features the band (who also edited and filmed the video with the assistance of Hannah Nelson) rocking out in a bedroom surrounded by their wildly energetic friends. Both the song and the clip exude a good time, and "Famous Friends" should certainly be one of the jams of the summer around the Twin Cities.
Wiping Out Thousands - "Hypnotist (Live at the Cabooze and the House of Rock)"
This riveting live clip of electro-clash duo Wiping Out Thousands is drawn from the group's recent performances in Minneapolis and Fargo back in April. The clip is the second installment of their new video series, Crossing Wires, which is put together by Matt Barnes and Josh Bartz, and gives fans an up-close look at how the pair generate those enthralling sounds on stage. While the group is rumored to be at work on some new material, "Hypnotist" is drawn from their debut EP, Reaction Machine, which, like all of WoT's releases, can be downloaded for free at their Bandcamp page.
Caroline Smith - My Way Back Home
This engaging, candid documentary on singer/songwriter Caroline Smith gives fans a glimpse into her Detroit Lakes roots, as well as insight into her creative process and the new direction she is currently taking her sound. The doc aired recently on Pioneer Public TV, and was produced/directed by Dana Johnson, with Dan Huiting serving as director of photography. There's live footage of Caroline and her band performing at First Avenue (with live mixes done by audio alchemists BJ Burton and Tom Herbers), as well as behind-the-scenes glimpses of Smith in the studio working on her new songs with Jake Hanson and Brett Bullion. If you're a fan of Caroline Smith and her stirring songs, you definitely want to set aside a half hour and get to know her better through this forthright documentary.
Powderhorn Cranes - "Play Dead"
Powderhorn Cranes are a new experimental sonic collective out of St. Paul led by F. James Bardozi, and "Play Dead" is their first single and video. The track features production and beats by Big Cats, and guest vocals by Ramona Fields, while the stark, striking video, put together by the good folks at Northern Outpost, was shot in rural Wisconsin last summer. As for the group themselves, the members of Powderhorn Cranes prefer to remain anonymous, with all of the musicians performing under an alias, letting their slow-burning, captivating music boldly stand on its own.
Mixed Blood Majority - "Story To Tell (ft. Toki Wright)"
Mixed Blood Majority, fresh off of rocking Soundset over the weekend, have dropped a new video for "Story To Tell," which finds Kill the Vultures' Crescent Moon, No Bird Sing's Joe Horton and Doomtree's Lazerbeak hooking up with Toki Wright for this spirited track. The video, directed by Horton and PCP, is shot amongst In The Heart of the Beast's celebratory May Day Parade, and finds the MC's all giving personal accounts of the stories that we all have within us and the need to let those tales be told. Mixed Blood Majority's self-titled debut album is available from Doomtree's webstore.