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 start out featuring the new video from Pony Bwoy, the ethereal, electro-pop duo from Minneapolis, who just released their first clip from their self-titled debut. We've also got hot new videos from SIFU HOTMAN, Sombear, Aldine, Still Pacific, and the White Whales. We're also featuring wonderful in-studio live sessions from the National, Kitten Forever, and Caroline Smith, as well as a sweet making-of video for the Blind Boys of Alabama's new album, I'll Find A Way, which was directed by the talented local filmmaker Dan Huiting. Enjoy!
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Pony Bwoy - "Ævum (time crawls)"
Pony Bwoy's first video lifted from their self-titled debut on Totally Gross National Product certainly plays on the "time crawls" aspect of the song title, as black ooze slowly drips over the heads of band members Jeremy Nutzman and Hunter Morley, who also both directed the video as well. The album itself is a fresh artistic statement from the emerging young band, who bring a moody, R&B edginess to the Minneapolis music scene. Pony Bwoy are in the process of putting together a band for their live debut, and if their album is any indication, their shows should be enthralling as well.
SIFU HOTMAN - "Limb From Limb"
SIFU HOTMAN are back with "Limb From Limb," their second video lifted from their bristling new self-titled collection. And, just like in their first clip, the crew are performing the track live at Bellows Studio in St. Paul, with Guante and Dem Atlas delivering potent rhymes (even taking a shot at Justin Bieber) over Rube's booming beats. The group are set to perform their three-song suite in its entirety at the Fifth Element parking lot sale on August 24th at 4 p.m.
Kitten Forever - "Dirt Nap/Rat Queen (Live on Radio K)"
The blistering trio Kitten Forever dropped by the Radio K studios to rattle the walls with their piercing riot grrrl sound. The trio just released an excellent new full-length, Pressure, and are set to celebrate with an all-ages show at Hymie's Vintage Records this Friday, along with Hollow Boys. It should be a raucous affair for sure, all in the intimate confines of one of Minneapolis's best record shops. Until then, turn up this tempestuous Radio K session and rock your cares away.
The White Whales - "Babe the Blue Ox"
Minneapolis quintet the White Whales just released a lovely new video for "Babe The Blue Ox," one of the standout tracks to their brand new full length, Lakestate, which they just released at the beginning of August. The group has built a dedicated following here in the Twin Cities that grows with each wonderful live performance they put on, including their stellar record release show at the Entry. The video, which features old-school animations and illustrations combined with stark nature scenes, only adds to the track's slow-burning quality and buoyant charm.
The National - "Pink Rabbits (Live on the Current)"
On the afternoon before their recent headlining show at Roy Wilkins, the National dropped by the Current's UBS Forum theater for a special intimate show for some lucky fans, which I was fortunate enough to attend. The group played a series of six songs from their new record, Trouble Will Find Me, as well as taking the time to provide some revealing answers to some penetrating interview questions from Mary Lucia. This artfully restrained version of "Pink Rabbits" is taken from that wonderful session, and finds the band gradually getting lost in the wistful sentiments of the piano-laden, brass-enhanced song.