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.
A brand new video from Lizzo starts us off strongly this week. We've also got new clips from Trampled By Turtles (featuring a Har Mar Superstar cameo), Farewell Milwaukee, Manny Phesto (feat. Greg Grease), Carnage the Executioner, and a North Shore Session from Willy Mason. We're also featuring live performance videos from CLAPS, Shiro Dame, Animal Lover, and Liam Gerard. Enjoy!
Lizzo - "Bus Passes and Happy Meals"
Lizzo leads things off at Local Frames this week just days after playing her biggest local show yet on Saturday at Rock the Garden. In her new video for the Lizzobangers standout "Bus Passes and Happy Meals," she calls on street dancer Lil Buck (and a tiger) to help her get down in the desert outside of Las Vegas. The stylish clip was directed by Annette Navarro, who gives a vibrant touch to a song that already had plenty of attitude and energy. Fresh off of being named one of Rolling Stone's "10 New Artists You Need To Know in 2014," Lizzo hits the road to make sure everyone across the pond is aware of her with high-profile sets at Glastonbury, Summerfest in Milwaukee, the Wireless Festival in London next weekend, and Reading and Leeds at the end of the month. She's also got a fall tour with Clean Bandit that brings her to some big clubs out East as well as Chicago's Lincoln Hall on September 22.
Trampled By Turtles - "Wild Animals"
Trampled By Turtles are set to release their highly anticipated new album, Wild Animals, on July 15. And they have just released the cinematic new video for the title track, which was directed and produced by Philip Harder. The poignant number is augmented by scenes of New York in the rain, along with the cab driving cameo of fellow Minnesota musician Har Mar Superstar, who gives us a blurry glimpse of the city that never sleeps through his rain-streaked windows. Ahead of their album release (and their curated Festival Palomino on September 20), Trampled by Turtles are playing a couple of high-profile shows in Northern Minnesota, June 27 at the Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead (with Doomtree opening), and Saturday, June 28 at Bayfront Park in Duluth with Doomtree, Low, and Haley Bonar.
Farewell Milwaukee - "Let Me Sleep Tonight"
Farewell Milwaukee return with another stylish new video, "Let Me Sleep Tonight," drawn from their most recent full-length record, Can't Please You, Can't Please Me. The clip, which is Chapter Three in an ongoing narrative, was directed by Chad Echols and Serena Kuo, who capture the desperation and anguish in the song itself, as well as its beauty and sense of loneliness. Farewell Milwaukee are playing the Oake on the Water event on July 31 at Maynard's in Excelsior, on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, where their stirring, evocative music should go over quite well underneath the summer sun.
Shiro Dame - "Create Found (Live on Radio K)"
The talented Minneapolis quintet Shiro Dame have been blowing up as of late, and for good reason. Their inventive, catchy songs and undeniable stage presence have won over plenty of local fans already, and for those who have been sleeping on the crew, catch this dynamic video of "Create Found," which was shot when Shiro Dame rolled through the Radio K studios recently. The band features the rich, soulful vocals of Sarah White, along with Rico Simon Mendez on guitar, synths, and beats; Blayr Alexander on drums; Dameun Strange on keytar; and Ike Russell on bass, who together craft an intoxicating, inventive sound that is sure to hook you soon enough, if it hasn't already. Shiro Dame have one official single out, "Crazy Ways," which they recorded at Humans Win! Studios, and hopefully they won't keep us all waiting too long to hear more. Catch Shiro Dame along with Greg Grease's new project, Zulu Zuluu, at the Dakota on Saturday, July 5.
CLAPS - Live at Shit Biscuit
CLAPS have long been one of my favorite local bands, and this moody, pulsating live performance captures many of the reasons why they have caught -- and held -- my attention over the years. The clip, recorded live at the awesomely named underground venue Shit Biscuit, was recorded by the ubiquitous UnderCurrentMPLS, who manages to get good quality videos of some of the hottest performances in town. An additional camera for this clip was provided by Manny Castro, and the result is a Gothic, synth-fueled performance from one of the area's most original, captivating bands.