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.
We get things going in this week's Local Frames with a striking new video from Batteryboy, which stars the 4onthefloor's Gabe Douglas. We're also featuring new clips from Mason Jennings, Farewell Milwaukee, Brilliant Beast, Courtney Yasmineh, Ménage Quad, and Axel Foley. In addition, we've got a hot in-studio session from our two-time Picked to Click winner, Lizzo, an experimental art installation featuring music from John Keston, and a truly moving spoken word piece from Alix Dahl and Jim DeMarre. Enjoy!
Batteryboy - "Minus One Together"
This new video from Batteryboy is for a studio version of a live song we featured on Local Frames a while back, and the band certainly manages to capture the raw anguish of that stunning live take in this gorgeous version. The clip and song was commissioned by the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, who wanted audio and visual accompaniment for their artwork to play during guided tours. So, the 4onthefloor frontman Gabe Douglas is outfitted to match the subject in the painting, with the locale also picked out specifically to match the backdrop. Batteryboy will be playing a co-vinyl release show with Fathom Lane at Icehouse on November 23.
Mason Jennings - "Wilderness"
Mason Jennings has a new album, Always Been, set for release on November 12, and this picturesque, road-trip video for the record's first single, "Wilderness," was directed by Dan Huiting. Jennings has a full scale U.S. tour planned in support of Always Been, which includes a two-night stand at First Avenue on December 6 and 7. This plaintive, searching track certainly bodes well for the rest of the album, with Mason's astute lyrics guiding the track forward on top of a lilting acoustic melody which allows the sentiment of the song to shine through.
Farewell Milwaukee - "True Love Don't Leave Scars"
The Twin Cities sextet Farewell Milwaukee are on a good run as of late. Having just released their well-received new record, Can't Please You, Can't Please Me, in September, the group just had their new video for "True Love Don't Leave Scars" premiere on CMT earlier this week. They were also selected to be part of this year's Cities 97 sampler, with a version of that same song recorded live on Lake Minnetonka featured on the prestigious benefit release. The video finds the band playing their wistful new number in a tranquil forest, which adds to the natural vibe of the song itself.
Lizzo - "Faded (Live on the Current)"
It's certainly Lizzo's time here in the Twin Cities, and we better just join in the party or get the hell out of the way. The vibrant MC, and our Picked To Click winner, recently dropped by the Current studios for a spirited live session to promote her new record, Lizzobangers. This version of "Faded" finds Lizzo tearing into her rhymes on top of fresh beats laid down by Lazerbeak, with the pair setting off the studio with this rousing rendition. Lizzo is set to take over First Avenue's Mainroom with her homecoming record release show on December 28, so we can all get down with her during the holidays.
Brilliant Beast - "A Child On Fire"
Minneapolis indie quartet Brilliant Beast are set to release their third album, Where Do You Want, on November 8 at Cause, and have just released a video for one of their new tracks, "A Child On Fire." The video was shot, directed, and edited by the band's bassist (and Gimme Noise photographer) Mark Kartarik, in a living room, moving from a planned photo shoot of the band members to an unplanned video opportunity. The spontaneity (and cats and swords) certainly adds to the unbridled energy of the Sugar-sounding number, capturing the group having plenty of fun with whatever they could find laying around the room.