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.
Maria Isa gets things started this week with a fresh new video. New clips are here also from Bob Mould, Trampled By Turtles, What Tyrants, the Cavalier Crooks, Suzie, and a new project from Food Pyramid's Chris Farstad called 555. We're also featuring live performance videos from Mark Mallman at Target Field, Howler on KEXP, and a cool recap of some of the festivities that went down at Soundset last weekend. Enjoy!
Maria Isa - "Sabotage"
Maria Isa is set to make a grand return with her forthcoming new album, Valley of the Dolls, and she has just released a cinematic video for the record's first single, "Sabotage." The clip, directed by Tomas Aksamit, alternates between a live performance and a forbidden love affair storyline, with plenty of familiar local sights filling the video (including El Burrito Mercado). As for the song itself, the sultry track is propelled by Isa's rich, resonant vocals atop a dynamic, soulful beat provided by producers Bobby Raps and Andrew Bergen. With hot, catchy numbers like this, there is little doubt that this summer is shaping up to belong to Maria Isa.
Bob Mould - "I Don't Know You Anymore"
Hometown hero Bob Mould has been on a creative roll as of late, and that momentum continues on his just released new album, Beauty & Ruin. This hilarious clip -- directed by Alicia J. Rose -- for the album's upbeat first single, "I Don't Know You Anymore," features a mustachioed Colin Meloy comically advising Mould on how to move his product in the modern age. Mould is set to bring these raucous new songs to the Twin Cities quite a bit over the coming months, including a Wits session at the Fitzgerald Theater tomorrow night with Jen Kirkman, and a set at the State Fair as part of this summer's excellent MN Music on a Stick lineup. Hopefull, Mould and his ace band will return to his old stomping grounds of First Avenue for a proper headlining set at some point, because -- let's be honest -- we all just can't get enough of Bob Mould.
Trampled By Turtles - "Are You Behind The Shining Star?"
Another local band who is set to make some big waves with their forthcoming album is Duluth's Trampled By Turtles, who are set to release Wild Animals on July 15. NPR Music just premiered the video for the first single from that new record, "Are You Behind The Shining Star?" which is directed by Philip Harder. The artfully stylized clip features the band in archival black and white with bursts of bright colors adding subtle flourishes as the song swells. Trampled By Turtles are playing Bayfront Park in their hometown on June 28 as part of a great all Minnesota bill with Doomtree, Low, and Haley Bonar, and have also curated their own Festival Palomino at Canterbury Park on September 20, where they will no doubt share plenty of new songs and old classics for their dedicated local fans.
Soundset 2014 Wrap Up
Speaking of Canterbury Park, that venue just finished hosting the most successful iteration of Soundset yet, as over 30,000 hip-hop fans sold-out the festival for the first time. As a thank you to the fans -- and a way to look back on the many festivities of the day -- Rhymesayers released this sweet wrap up video that shows some of the event's many highlights. The video really gives you a glimpse of just how many damn people there were at Soundset, as well as a look at some of the antics that took place throughout the grounds, as well as on stage and backstage antics of the artists themselves. A great time indeed -- see you next year, Soundset!
Mark Mallman - "Knockout on 22nd St (Live at Target Field)"
Mark Mallman brought his effervescent personality and spirited songs to Target Field on May 28, entertaining the Twins fans with a small set before the game as well as between inning song breaks. This dynamic version of "Knockout on 22nd St." is drawn from Mallman's stellar album, Between the Devil and Middle C, and it sounds and looks great on the deck at Target Field. Mallman's band for the grand occasion was Mike Geronsin on guitar, Scott McVeigh on bass, and Aaron Lemay on drums, with the video footage of the lively performance captured by Wilson Webb, Sam Thompson, and Ian Rans. You can catch Mallman and a bunch of other great local acts at the Pizza Lucé Block Party on August 9.