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 started with new videos from Allan Kingdom and Astronautalis to promote their upcoming appearances at the final Best Love is Free show on February 15. We've also got new vids from Erik Koskinen, Glow Mechanics, and Farewell Milwaukee. We're also featuring recent in-studio performances from Human Kindness and Actual Wolf, a cool mini-documentary on BBGUN, a revealing Naked Songwriter performance from Gabriel Douglas, and a rousing live clip from Howler at the Current's birthday bash at First Avenue. Enjoy!
Allan Kingdom - "binnis"
Allan Kingdom's star is clearly on the rise as of late (something we predicted back in November), and fresh off the rapper's stellar set at the Best New Bands showcase, Kingdom is set to perform at the final Best Love is Free show at First Avenue and the Entry on February 15. This intimate performance of "binnis" showcases Kingdom's lyrical talents as well as the distinctive passion that he brings to his music, two qualities which will surely be on full display at TBLIF.
Astronautalis - "Best Love Freestyle"
Astronautalis is the headliner for the Best Love Is Free, and in this brief but stirring clip, the rapper delivers one of his stellar freestyles that has captivated anyone who has seen him perform over the past few years. In the midst of Andy's steadily flourishing career as a hip hop artist, he has also just recently landed a rewarding gig as a travel writer for STA Travel, an opportunity that will bring the already well-traveled performer to even more far flung places across the globe. But no matter where Astronautalis goes, he truly loves coming back to Minneapolis to perform in front of his adopted hometown fans, and this final TBLIF show should be no exception.
BBGUN - The Intro
Another group that made quite a strong impression at the recent Best New Bands showcase was BBGUN, a group comprised of scene veterans Al Church, Neil Perbix, and Jeremy Hanson. If you wanted to learn more about the origins of the band and how the project has evolved, this mini-doc gives you a great idea about the personalities and talents of the guys involved. If you like what you see and hear in the clip, be sure to catch BBGUN at their next local show coming up at the Entry on February 22 with the Farewell Circuit and Adelyn Rose.
Erik Koskinen - "Glow Sky Glow"
Guitarist Erik Koskinen recently joined Actual Wolf's band at the Current's 9th birthday party, and added his own distinctive flourish to the group's robust Americana sound. The talented musician also has a wonderful new album of his own that he recently released called America Theatre, and "Glow Sky Glow" is the second video from that new collection. In addition to writing, producing, and mixing the track, Koskinen also did the video as well, a clip that anyone who collected or played with little army figurines will certainly identify with in a nostalgic way. On February 20, Koskinen is set to play at the Real Phonic Radio Hour at the James J. Hill Library in St. Paul, with a whole host of talented musical guests joining him along with the Chastity Brown Duo. It should be a lovely night of music.
Howler - "Yacht Boys (Live at the Current's 9th Birthday Party)"
On the second night of the Current's birthday celebration, Howler made a return to the First Avenue stage with a raucous, punk-fueled set of mostly new songs, including this rollicking take on "Yacht Boys." The band's highly anticipated second album, World of Joy, is set to come out on March 25, and from the sound of things, the record is going to feature plenty of raucous, untamed songs that certainly went over well at First Ave and are bound to get the guys more well-deserved attention as the year goes on.