Top 10 best Minnesota music videos of 2013 (so far)

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Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.

As the year reaches its halfway point, Local Frames takes a look back at the most fantastic, innovative videos that have come our way in 2013. Since Gimme Noise started up the column last August, the depth, and diversity of the legions of music videos with local ties has been a visual panacea, and a testament to the talented musicians and imaginative filmmakers that we have working in Minnesota. But some were even grander by our high standards, so here are the ten best music videos of the first half of 2013. Enjoy!

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Best Twin Cities music videos of 2012

Trampled By Turtles - "Midnight On The Interstate"

It's a rare thing for a music video to get one all choked up, but this poignantly heartbreaking video for Duluth's Trampled By Turtles certainly churns up plenty of emotions within its evocative few minutes. The clip was directed and produced by the talented Stephanie Erlandson, and her crew of skilled animators perfectly capture the wistful nature of the track itself, while only adding to the song's fragile sentiments.

Enemy Planes - "We Want Blood"

This clip was directed by the renowned videographer Tobias Strech, who shot the video in Coney Island in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The devastation featured in the footage only highlights the damage done by the storm, and serves as a striking backdrop for the soaring "We Want Blood," from Enemy Planes. The local group formed after the dissolution of Pictures Of Then, and their strong debut, Beta Lowdown, helped spawn one of our most memorable videos of the year.

The Color Pharmacy - "Aperture"

This gorgeous clip for the Color Pharmacy's "Aperture" was directed and edited by Jake Dilley and Jimmy Morrison, who elegantly capture fall in the Twin Cities from distinctive angles while using camera tricks to provide you with a new perspective on familiar sights. The track is lifted from the band's lovely new self-titled album which they released back in March, and this striking video only enhances the genuine warmth of the song itself.

Tickle Torture - "Forgotten"

This sexy video for the funk-fueled "Forgotten," the new single from Tickle Torture, was directed by the renowned Josh Hegard, who captures the sultry spirit of the song with plenty of stylish, occasionally NSFW images -- it is a Tickle Torture video, after all. Elliott Kozel has now started to focus on Tickle Torture full-time after his old psych-rock outfit Sleeping in the Aviary officially called it quits, and surely he has plenty of other wild, dynamic artistic statements in store for us in the near future.

MaLLy & the Sundance Kid - "Winner"

The concept behind this video for MaLLy's "Winner" is a straightforward one, with the emerging rapper delivering his spirited rhymes against a plain backdrop. But what makes this clip, directed by Victor Rukavina, such a cool one is the litany of cameos from other artists and musicians from throughout the Twin Cities music scene. They all drop in to lend their support to MaLLy and the Sundance Kid, while also reinforcing the unifying message of the track itself, all of which makes the video all the more memorable in the process.

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