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 get things going at Local Frames this week with an intimate Spaces Session from John Mark Nelson, featuring three new songs from his forthcoming album. We've also got new videos from Toki Wright & Big Cats, EMOT, Disasteratti, American Youth, Enemy Planes, and a new clip from Atmosphere to promote the upcoming Welcome to MN tour. We're also featuring an intoxicating in-studio performance from Buffalo Moon, an intimate Naked Songwriter session from Martin Devaney, and a promo clip for an upcoming reissue of classic gospel interpretations of the music of Bob Dylan. Enjoy!
John Mark Nelson - Spaces Ep. 3 (at the Library Recording Studio)
Local singer/songwriter John Mark Nelson certainly captivated the Twin Cities music scene with a couple of stirring, plaintive albums that were works that contained unvarnished, vulnerable delights. He and his band have been hard at work on his highly-anticipated (and Kickstarter funded) new album, and here he gets together with the creative folks behind Spaces for an intimate session at the Library Recording Studio. Nelson and his talented group perform two brand new songs, "Boy" and "Shorebird," as well as a lovely take on the previously released gem, "Moon and the Stars." All of these wonderful versions should get you even more excited about Nelson's forthcoming record, as well as the great work that producer Nate Matson and his Spaces crew are doing capturing these fantastic performances. You can catch John Mark Nelson live at the Are You Local? show at First Avenue on March 6.
Toki Wright & Big Cats - "A Future For the Present"
Toki Wright and Big Cats have recently joined forces for a smooth sounding collaborative project. And the first sample of their work together is this cool video for "A Future For the Present," which was filmed on location in Tokyo, Japan. Spencer Wirth-Davis directed the video himself, while also handling the chill production while Toki Wright provided the laid-back rhymes, all of it sounding like a modern interpretation of Massive Attack. The group will be releasing their first full-length, Pangaea, at some point this year, but until then, you can catch them as part of Atmosphere's Welcome to MN tour, which hits First Avenue this Monday night.
EMOT - "Garbage Tones"
Saint Paul's EMOT are set to release their Brian Moen-produced third record at the Cedar Cultural Center on March 6, and to give their fans a taste of what to expect from their new album, the group released this enthralling video for "Garbage Tones." The clip was done by Jason P. Schumacher and Riley Lester, and perfectly captures the leisurely elegance of the track itself. EMOT is comprised of members of No Bird Sing, Chastity Brown, Coloring Time, and Sleep Study, so their local ties and talents run deep. They will be supported at their release show by We Are The Willows and the Cairo Gang, which should ensure a lovely night of music at the Cedar.
Atmosphere - "Bob Seger"
To get local fans even more psyched for the long sold-out Welcome to MN show at First Avenue on Monday, Atmosphere just released a new video for "Bob Seger," a track inspired by the legend of Paul Bunyan, and appropriately filmed in the Iron Range of northern Minnesota. The theatrical clip was directed by Andrew Melby, who captures the rough side of life on the plains in the early years of this country. Slug also manages to reference Seger's "Night Moves" in his lyrics, joining Night Moves themselves as local artists who have been influenced in some capacity by the classic rocker.
Disasteratti - "Rolling Blackouts"
Minneapolis noise-rock trio Disasteratti are set to release their new album, Cerebral Hack Artist, on Learning Curve Records on March 1. The first track lifted from that forthcoming collection is "Rolling Blackouts," a potent, tempestuous number that is given an equally raucous video treatment by Voice of Pizza. The band's sound carries on the volatile underground rock history of the Twin Cities, while also breathing new life into a scene that needs more loud, unruly guitars at the moment.