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 start things off this week with the powerful new video from No Bird Sing, lifted from their album, Definition Sickness, released by Strange Famous Records. We've also got new vids from Taj Raj, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Lovely Dark, George Hadfield, and Chicago's Supreme Cuts, which features vocals from Poliça's Channy Leaneagh. We're also featuring some terrific live performance clips from SCRNS, Dan Mariska & the Boys Choir, PRGRPHS, and Narco States. Enjoy!
No Bird Sing - "APOGEE"
No Bird Sing's national fan base grew a lot wider when the trio signed to Strange Famous Records, who recently released their rousing new album, Definition Sickness. For the second video from their new collection, the group leaned hard on Aby Wolf, who not only lends her backing vocals to the track, but stars in the video (along with Joe Horton) as well. The clip, which was directed by Horton and Patrick Pegg, artfully captures a couple in conflict, and the games that are often played in any relationship, both literally and figuratively. The track and the video both build to an elegant, impassioned conclusion, with No Bird Sing yet again making a bold musical statement that will resonate with fans both new and old.
Taj Raj - "Change of Mind"
Taj Raj are back with a serene new clip for "Change of Mind," the final video from their terrific recent EP, Fine Hearts Alive. The somber, mournful video was directed by Colin Kopp, who perfectly captures the feeling of desolation imbued in the track itself. The group is set to play Night One of the Southern Theater Sessions on February 27, which will also feature intimate acoustic performances from LOTT, Gabriel Douglas, batteryboy, and Farewell Milwaukee, with a whole host of other talented performers taking part over the following two nights. It will surely be a wonderful series of shows at the cozy Southern Theater.
Koo Koo Kanga Roo - "Food Fight"
Koo Koo Kanga Roo have been entertaining audiences filled with both kids and adults for years now, attracting praise from music fans across the country. Their choreographed, interactive dance parties prove to be irresistible to even the most jaded music lover, and Bryan and Neil have cultivated quite a following due to their boundless energy and highly enjoyable performances. The group has unearthed a new video for "Food Fight," which they just "saved from the wreckage" and finally released. The clip was directed and filmed by Benjamin Singer, and edited by Benjamin Johnson, and manages to capture some of the supreme fun the group generates with their music. Koo Koo Kanga Roo will once again be performing at the Current's Rock the Cradle event at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on March 2, which is a guaranteed good time for music lovers of all ages.
Supreme Cuts - "Envision (ft. Channy of Poliça)"
Chicago electro-pop duo Supreme Cuts enlisted a whole host of local talent to help out on their new single, "Envision." In addition to the ghostly backing vocals of Poliça's Channy Leaneagh, they also got Minneapolis filmmaker Braden Lee to direct, shoot, and edit the video for the track, which he shot in NE Minneapolis, a St. Paul laundromat, parts of Duluth, and the ice caves in the Apostle Islands. It all adds up to a striking combination of sights and sounds, as Supreme Cuts' intoxicating beats are stylishly complimented by the wintry images featured in the clip as well as Channy's mesmerizing vocals.
SCRNS - "TTYN (Live on the Current)"
SCRNS seem poised to break out big in 2014. Armed with a collection of infectious, enthralling demos, the Minneapolis electro-pop duo (comprised of Holwer bassist Max Petrek and vocalist Erin Ross) are already winning over local music fans in a major way. The group recently dropped by the Current studios to perform a beguiling live session, which features this hypnotic version of their current single, "TTYN." SCRNS are part of a stellar all-local bill tonight at the Triple Rock, where they will be playing with Strange Names and Frankie Teardrop, with Night Moves providing a DJ set throughout the night to add to the fun.