Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week
Hastings 3000 - "Modern Man"
Hastings 3000 already released one of the 10 best Minnesota music videos of 2013 with "Speed of Light," and now the hard rocking masked-man is back with a dynamic new clip for "Modern Man." The track is one of the highlights from Hastings' recent record, A New Monster, and the politically-charged video perfectly captures the untamed urgency of the track as well as our unsettled times.
Sam Breckenridge - "The Unknown"
Guitarist Sam Breckenridge has been featured on Local Frames before, and this stirring video for "The Unknown" further showcases the deft talents of the local musician. Breckenridge is set to perform as the opening act for both of Lizz Winstead's upcoming shows at the Cedar on December 28 and 31, before his own album release show on January 11 at Honey. The record is Sam's solo debut, and based on the songs and videos he has shared so far, this album should be an intoxicating delight for those who enjoy solo acoustic guitar-driven material.
Illab - "Reason For Blood"
Minneapolis MC Illab is set to release his new full-length album, Good Life, Life's Good, Worth Living, in 2014, and "Reason For Blood" is the first single lifted from that forthcoming record. The lively video for that track was directed by Arnold Rossa and produced by Mike Frey. The song is propelled forward by the socially conscious, agitated rhymes of Illab over the top of some smooth, old-school beats. "Reason For Blood" can be downloaded for free on Illab's bandcamp page, and based on the dynamic flow in this clip, the rapper seems poised for a breakout year in 2014.
Patches and Gretchen full concert in Denver, Colorado
Patches and Gretchen just posted this full concert clip from the Hornet's Underground Music Showcase in Denver, Colorado, which was part of their Death Kick to the Head tour. The video captures the eccentricities and appeal of the band, who are in fine form throughout. They even give a knowing local nod during their set with a cover of "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," as well as a lovely Elliot Lurie cover towards the end of their 43-minute performance. If you're a longtime fan of Patches and Gretchen, or just curious about the band and their sound, this spirited live clip should provide you with plenty of highlights to draw you in.
Magneto Effect - "Kaboom"
This stylish, theatrical music video for Minneapolis alt-rock quintet Magneto Effect's "Kaboom" was directed by local filmmaker Justin Staggs, and features the contributions of plenty of local talent. The boisterous track is lifted off of the band's forthcoming EP, Nothing, which is due to be released in early 2014, both digitally and on vinyl. The cinematic clip perfectly captures the scope and tenor of the track itself, and serves notice that we should be hearing plenty more from Magneto Effect in the upcoming year.