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 started this week with a video from BNLX, shot while the group was on tour in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Stay put for new clips from ACTN, the 4onthefloor, Chris Koza, André Cymone, 7th Ascent, Nathan Eliot, and Guilt Ridden Pop signees, Brief Candles. We're also featuring some rousing live performances from Fury Things and Frankie Teardrop. Enjoy!
BNLX - "Opposites Attract"
Noise pop trio BNLX recently decamped to South America for some live dates in the warmth of the Southern Hemisphere. While their fans back home were all jealous of the sunshine and beach life that the band immersed themselves in (especially drummer David Jarnstrom), they graciously put together a music video of their pleasurable adventures in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to prove to us all that they were actually "working" down there. The clip for their new song, "Opposites Attract" finds the band lightheartedly performing on a balcony overlooking the city, while also documenting some of their excursions around town. The track is lifted off of BNLX's stellar new compilation Produit Collecté (Collected Product), which assembles tracks from all eight of their terrific EP's.
Fury Things - "Matter (Live at First Avenue)"
Garage rock trio Fury Things recently proved that they had no trouble taking their blistering, guitar-fueled sound to the big stage at First Ave, as they delivered a raucous set at the recent Best New Bands showcase. This video (captured by Sam Kovar, Josh Becker, and Nate Maydole) for "Matter" captures the band in all their boisterous glory, tearing through a new track that they recorded at Flowers Studio with BNLX's Ed Ackerson. The group is currently working on their debut full-length, which they hopefully will share with all of us soon enough. But in the meantime, turn this scorching performance clip up to 11, and catch them live (with a host of other kick-ass bands) at Ecstattic Fest at the Turf Club on March 23.
Frankie Teardrop - "Stop (Live on the Current)"
Another artist that made quite a great impression at the Best New Bands showcase was Frankie Teardrop. Frankie and his potent band recently dropped by the Current studios for a spirited live session, including this jam, "Stop." The track is lifted from Frankie's stellar Tough Guy EP, and showcases his ramshackle guitar work and penchant for catchy-as-hell hooks and melodies. Teardrop is currently in the process of writing and recording new material, and hopefully those new tracks see the light of day real soon, because Frankie and his rowdy band are giving the local music scene a welcome kick in the ass and we all need more of that in our lives.
ACTN - "Body Out"
Minneapolis death-pop outfit, ACTN, are back with an intoxicating new EP, Body Out, and they have just released an ominous video for the funky, textured title track to that collection. The video features the menacing, slow-motion actions of a falcon (or hawk), which only adds to the simmering nature of the beat-driven song itself. You can catch ACTN live at Cause on March 28, as part of an experimental, electro-fueled lineup featuring KPT, Makr, and Marc Gartman's Fever Dream.
The 4onthefloor - "Off the Cuff"
The 4onthefloor are back with another new music video, this time for their gritty jam, "Off The Cuff." The heist-inspired clip was directed, produced, and edited by the talented Jesse Caffrey, who convinced the band to don ski masks while they perform on surveillance footage film. The track is lifted off of 4otf's excellent recent record, Spirit of Minneapolis, which captures the high-energy musical hijinks of the band. The group -- typically one of the hardest working bands you'll ever encounter -- are taking a well-deserved break from the local live scene, but you can catch the 4onthefloor at the Jefferson Event Center in Winona on April 25, as part of this year's Mid West Music Fest.