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're still in the holiday spirit here at Local Frames, so we kick things off with a live performance by the New Standards which features St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman joining in the musical festivities on bagpipes. We're also featuring new videos from Sleeper and the Sleepless, Illab, Sam Breckenridge, Hastings 3000, Magneto Effect, and another seasonal clip from No Tent. We've also got rousing live videos from Hollow Boys, Patches and Gretchen, and France Camp to help ring in the New Year. Enjoy!
The New Standards - "Fairytale of New York (Featuring Chris Coleman and Janey Winterbauer)"
The New Standards annual holiday show took on an added quality at the State Theatre this year, as St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman donned a kilt to play bagpipes with the group as part of their spirited cover of the Pogues' Christmas classic, "Fairytale In New York." Coleman and the other bagpipers get the song off to a resonant start, before Chan Poling and Janey Winterbauer deliver the track's acerbic, wistful vocals. It's truly a splendid moment from a show that was filled with them, as the New Standards and their talented guests easily got local music fans into the holiday spirit with another memorable performance.
Hollow Boys - Live at the Triple Rock
Hollow Boys have received our praise not only for their stellar recent record, It's True, being one of the 10 best Minnesota albums of 2013, but they have also been recognized as one of the 10 Twin Cities acts who deserve to be famous. If you still haven't fallen under the gloomy spell of Hollow Boys, this guitar-squall filled clip of the band performing at the Triple Rock should win you over. The group did away with the standard setup, and played towards the back of the room instead of the stage, and that gives the performance a more immediate, personal touch that resonated with everyone in the room as well as those who check out the stark black and white clip, which was captured by UnderCurrentMPLS and Manny Castro.
No Tent - "Auld Lang Syne"
Members of Reina del Cid have started a bluegrass side-project called No Tent, and their timely first release is a banjo-fueled version of the New Year's classic, "Auld Lang Syne." The track can be downloaded for free at No Tent's bandcamp page, with the band promising more lively covers and original material in 2014, with a rotating cast of musicians joining in the fray. Joining Reina on this performance is Toni Lindgren on guitar, Chris Wiberg on bass, and Saint Anyway's Tony Peterson on banjo.
France Camp - "Waste This Sun (Live on Radio K)"
Shortly before they destroyed the Entry with their raucous EP release show, France Camp dropped by the Radio K studios to deliver a boisterous live performance, featuring this lively clip of "Waste This Sun." The band is in fine -- if a bit restrained -- form in this video, but the indelible quality of the song, as well as the boundless talents France Camp, ultimately shines through the din and scorches the Radio K airwaves.
Sleeper and the Sleepless - "Here's Hoping"
Minneapolis indie-folk trio Sleeper and the Sleepless just released their wonderful second full-length, Motion, back in November. And this performance clip of one of the record's standouts, "Here's Hoping," captures the intimate, personal appeal of the band. If the poignant, resonant sounds of Sleeper and the Sleepless catches your ear, you can see them live on a few different occasions in early 2014, as they will at the 331 Club on January 16, at Honey on January 31, and at Cause on February 7.