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 kick things off with a Dan Huiting-directed City of Music video for Volcano Choir, who are set to play a sold-out show at First Avenue this Friday. We're also featuring new clips from Aaron & the Sea, Southside Desire, CLAPS, Greycoats, the Blind Shake, and La Madness. Also, a wonderful new live session from new Picked to Click honorees Carroll, a rousing Radio K in-studio performance from the Chambermaids, and an exquisite North Shore Session from John Mark Nelson. Enjoy!
Volcano Choir - "Comrade"
Volcano Choir's glorious new Repave has won over the Twin Cities, as evidenced by the quick sell-out of their First Avenue show tomorrow night. This intimate clip of the group performing a soaring take on "Comrade," was captured at an old tannery in Milwaukee by the talented City of Music crew, led by director/editor Dan Huiting. Justin Vernon seems to be delivering his moving lyrics from a makeshift pulpit, which suits the heavenly nature of the song itself. Volcano Choir's first ever North American show was at the Cedar in 2011 and tomorrow should be quite a special occasion.
Carroll at The Hideaway Recording Studio
Carroll came in at #4 in this year's Picked to Click poll, and the young quartet seem poised to capitalize on the added attention with their forthcoming debut full-length, which they are currently in the process of writing and recording. They give their fans a sneak peak of where they are taking their sound in this riveting performance at the Hideaway Recording Studio in Minneapolis for a new live music video series called Spaces.
CLAPS - "White Lies"
The moody Minneapolis synth pop trio CLAPS are back with a new 12" EP called Lies/White Lies, and this sinister sounding/looking video for "White Lies" is the first taste of their current sound. The video was created by Joseph Kolean and Joshua Van Wynen, and the clip perfectly suits the ominous nature of the mercurial track. The Lies/White Lies 12" is set to be released in the very near future by Forward Records, but for now just groove along to the dark electro-pop churn of "White Lies."
The Blind Shake - "Le Pasion"
Anyone who has ever caught a blistering live show from the Blind Shake immediately recognizes that the fiery rock trio are one of the best bands going in the Twin Cities. The group has just released their new album, Key To A False Door, and are currently on a high-profile tour of the U.S. with Thee Oh Sees and OBN III's, a jaunt which finds them hitting up the Amsterdam on October 21. This striking video for their new track "Le Pasion," was shot entirely in Belgium by director Raphael Parmentier, at a wild event called "Alle Amerikaanse Weekend," which perfectly suits the untamed spirit of the song.
The Chambermaids - "China Blue (Live on Radio K)"
The Chambermaids are finally back with a fantastic new full-length, Whatever Happened Tomorrow, and the enthralling Minneapolis noise pop quartet recently dropped by the Radio K studios to play a spirited version of "China Blue," the centerpiece of the new album. Seriously, get the Chambermaids' new record, see them live if you can, and you'll fall under their shoegazey spell as well. It's great to have them back.