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 launch our sixtieth installment of Local Frames with a video from Haley Bonar, to promote her forthcoming record due out in spring of 2014. We've also got new clips from Frankie Teardrop, Kitten Forever, Bigtree Bonsai, Step Brothers, Fathom Lane, BBGun, and Pennyroyal. We're also featuring two terrific videos from a recent MN Original episode, one being a live performance from local MC Greg Grease, and the other a fascinating profile on First Avenue's house photographer, Dan Corrigan. Enjoy!
Haley Bonar - "Last War"
Haley Bonar has kept her fans waiting long enough. "Last War" is a first taste of her new record, her first full-length since 2011's Golder. This video, directed and edited by Dan Huiting, finds Bonar running through abandoned streets looking for something that she never quite finds, as the song and the scenery builds in intensity around her. The excitement around Bonar's new batch of tunes is only bound to build after this first single, and gives local music fans something more to look forward to in the spring of next year.
Dan Corrigan - MN Original profile
Venerable Twin Cities photographer Dan Corrigan has seen it all over his 17 years as First Avenue's house photographer, and in this revealing MN Original profile, the talented artist shares some of his wonderful stories from the other side of the camera. Corrigan has been taking pictures in the Cities since 1981, and has captured indelible images of nearly all the big names in music that have either originated here or rolled through here over the years, including the iconic shot of the Replacements that graces their Let It Be album cover. This feature on Corrigan could have gone on for another hour and I would have been just as enraptured by his stories, his techniques, and the countless images that tell the history of music over the past four decades.
Frankie Teardrop - "Chicago"
Frankie Teardrop's blistering 25-minute set was one of the highlights of this past weekend's BNLXFest II, and right before he played an unruly version of "Chicago," Frankie said "Hey Minneapolis, I just want you to know that I hate this fucking city." It wasn't entirely clear if he was referring to Minneapolis or Chicago (I think it was the former), but it really didn't matter, as his set was packed with a punkish, brash attitude that served his raucous material well. This video for that infectious track was directed by Rachel Collier, and captures the rowdy spirit of the song perfectly.
Kitten Forever - "Double Disco"
I seriously want to be invited to a Kitten Forever party. They just look like so much damn fun. This uproarious clip for "Double Disco," directed and edited by Teenage Moods' Gordon Byrd, captures the band and a whole host of their wild, costume-clad friends at a roller-rink. Rocking and awesomeness ensues. This is the second single off of the band's excellent LP, Pressure, on Guilt Ridden Pop, and anyone in need of a music-fueled adrenaline rush should definitely check out Kitten Forever's records and their lively videos as well.
Fathom Lane - "Sugardown"
Fathom Lane are set to celebrate the release of their self-titled second album at Icehouse this Saturday night(along with fellow Local Frames favorite Batteryboy), and to get their fans even more excited about the show, the group just released this lovely new video for "Sugardown," one of the standout tracks from the record. The video -- created by Jeremy Krzmarzick, Josh Becker, Maranatha Wilson, and Michael Ferrier -- has a spare, elegant beauty to it, just like the songs on Fathom Lane, and is led gently forward by frontman Michael Ferrier's refined guitar work and evocative vocals. The group has taken an assertive creative step forward on their new album, and if you want more proof you should head to their show on Saturday.