Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

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

We get things going this week with a new video from Dan Wilson, who returns with a catchy new song after taking some time away from the music scene. We've also got new vids from Step Rockets, Ecid, Buffalo Moon, and a teaser clip for Haley Bonar's forthcoming new album. This week gathers live performance clips from Caroline Smith, Psymun & K Raydio, Okkervil River, and Rogue Valley playing in a car wash, as well as an MN Original feature on local producer/musician Spencer "Big Cats" Wirth-Davis. Enjoy!

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Dan Wilson - "Disappearing"

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Dan Wilson is back with a lovely new song, "Disappearing," and, in addition to writing, playing, and singing the new number, the multi-talented musician also crafted the illustrations and lettering for the video. It all gorgeously fits together in a striking artistic statement from Wilson, who is also set to play a benefit concert to fight child hunger at the Sheridan School Auditorium on Saturday night. The clip for "Disappearing" was directed by Noah Lamberth, with Photoshop work done by Peter Dawson, with the simple but splendid video complimenting the plaintive nature of the song perfectly.

Caroline Smith - "Half About Being A Woman (Audiotree Live Session)"

Caroline Smith recently dropped by the Audiotree studios in Chicago for this vibrant live session, which is exquisitely captured professionally by the talented folks behind the cameras at Audiotree. The band played a six-song set drawn from their new album, Half About Being A Woman, including this soulful take on the title-track. Caroline and the band's entire live session (and all other Audiotree in-studio performances) can be purchased and viewed in its entirety on the Audiotree site, with high-resolution audio files and HD video of the set as well.

Buffalo Moon - "Machista"

Buffalo Moon are back with a catchy new track, "Machista," which is drawn from a forthcoming full-length that the Minneapolis quintet is planning on putting out in January, with a tentative record release show planned for January 11. The lively video was directed by Kevin Horn, and the vibrant dance segments suit the spirited tone of the song perfectly. If this dynamic new track is any indication, Buffalo Moon should have all of the Twin Cities getting down this winter.

Step Rockets - "Kisser"

Minneapolis indie rock quartet Step Rockets went to the Sea Life aquarium at the Mall of America to film their video for their new single, "Kisser," which was directed by Alex Bowes. The catchy, buoyant number has been getting some radio play as of late, and has caught the attention of national audiences as well, all while the band continues to strengthen the connection to their local fans. Step Rockets are hitting the road in December for a few high-profile shows on the East Coast, before returning back to the Twin Cities to play at the Entry on January 18.

Spencer "Big Cats" Wirth-Davis - MN Original Feature

This MN Original feature on Spencer "Big Cats" Wirth-Davis provides a revealing look at the inspiration and talents of one of the Twin Cities best producers. Through candid interviews with Spencer himself, as well as frequent collaborator Guante, you not only recognize what makes Big Cats work so fresh and original, but also how much soul and feelings he puts into his music, especially on his deeply moving recent album, For My Mother. Once again, the good folks at MN Original does justice to one of the most talented and interesting musicians the area has to offer.

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lewis.kuhlman
lewis.kuhlman

I was really surprised by how engaging "New Frontier (Afterhours Session)" turned out.  The single camera shot didn't get boring and the sound was actually cool in the carwash stall.  The effects on "Grungehotel" were pretty cool, too.

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

Okkervil River IS NOT a Minneapolis band.  Nor is it a St. Paul or outstate MN band.  Yeah, yeah I know, Sheff attended Macalester.  The inclusion of every person who has stepped foot in MN for more than a day or attended college here does not make them Minnesotan. Including these non-Minnesota bands / musicians screams of desperation.



eriktmpls
eriktmpls

@TwinTown77 I included the Okkervil River video because it was performed in the Current studios (filmed and recorded by locals), not because Sheff attended Macalaster.  Also, it is a stellar performance that I felt deserved to be shared. 

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

@eriktmpls @TwinTown77 Many non-Minnesotan bands have put on great performances in the Current studios and I'm sure there will be many more.  Are you going to start posting them too?  If so, why not just change the name of this blog from LOCAL Frames to Current Frames? OR why not start a blog of all the stellar non-Minnesotan performances filmed in the Current, Radio K, Cities 97, etc... studios? 

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