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 get things going with a brand new video from Allan Kingdom, an emerging MC that is making serious waves in the local scene. We've also got new clips from Black Diet, Hunting Club, MaLLy, Erik Koskinen, the Fattenin' Frogs, and Morality Crisis. Also watch some stellar live performances from Hardcore Crayons, Poliça, and a wonderful Tiny Desk concert from Dessa. Enjoy!
Allan Kingdom - "The Dwelling/Good Problems"
Earlier this year, we prominently featured Allan Kingdom in our list of artists who deserve to be famous, and now the vibrant young MC has just released a video for two of the standout tracks on his stellar Talk To Strangers album. The clip is divided into two seamless halves, with "The Dwelling" shot and edited by Alan De Leon Taverna, and featuring kaleidoscopic live clips of Kingdom performing at the Triple Rock, while the stark "Good Problems" portion of the video was shot by Checho and edited/directed by Allan himself. You can catch Kingdom live when he opens for Riff Raff at the Fine Line on December 21, and when he performs at the Best Love is Free 5 at First Avenue on February 15.
Dessa - Tiny Desk Concert
2013 has been another big year for Dessa. She just wrapped up another wild run of Blowout shows with her Doomtree crew, as well as a successful string of solo shows that brought her enthralling music to a wider and consistently receptive audience. For those who have yet to fully fall under Dessa's musical spell, this intimate Tiny Desk Concert for NPR music should certainly seal the deal -- and further endear Dessa to her already passionate fan base. She is joined for this lovely performance by her trusty touring band, including the dulcet backing vocals of Aby Wolf.
Black Diet - "You Did It To Yourself"
Black Diet make their video debut with "You Did It To Yourself," which is drawn from their recent split EP with their friends and Piñata Records labelmates, Southside Desire. The playful video was directed by Black Diet drummer David Tullis, and features a fun cameo from Hotpants DJ, Brian Engel. In addition to making the video, the group has just released a new single, "Thrown Stones," which will be featured on their forthcoming LP, Find Your Tambourine, which should be released in early 2014. Black Diet are playing with More Than Lights and Carnage the Executioner at the Cabooze on January 17.
Erik Koskinen - "Boomtown"
Erik Koskinen enlisted some talented musical friends to back him up on his lively new song, "Boomtown," with J.T. Bates on drums, Frankie Lee and Paul Bergen on guitar, and Mike Lewis on bass, and the combination is a potent one, as the stomping track simply slays. Koskinen wrote, recorded, and produced the songs featured on his forthcoming new record, America Theatre, and if "Boomtown" is any indication, the album is bound to be a hit throughout the local scene (and the national scene, as well -- if all is right with the world). The video features some grainy old films and found footage, which works well to compliment Koskinen's lyrics about the detriments of expansion and growth in the almighty name of progress, no matter what the ultimate costs are. It's a heady number, as well as a rocking one, and leaves us all waiting to hear more from Erik and his new batch of songs.
MaLLy - "Young"
MaLLy has just released a dynamic new EP, Strange Rhythm, which only builds on the steady flow of talent that coursed through his inventive LP, The Last Great. The cinematic video for one of MaLLy's stellar new tracks, "Young," was directed by Jason Ho, and features humorous guest appearances from Rapper Hooks and Alissa Paris who both join a colorful cast of characters in the fun clip. MaLLy's new EP was entirely produced by Get Cryphy DJ, Last Word, and finds the breakout MC delivering his heady, impassioned rhymes with a growing sense of confidence and original flair that is sure to bring his boundless talents to a much wider audience in 2014.