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 Trampled By Turtles performance on the Late Show with David Letterman. We're also featuring a great collection of new music videos from Tiny Deaths, Alpha Consumer, Dem Atlas, the Parlour Suite, Paul Spring, Jack Campbell, John Kargol, Patch, and a spirited in studio performance by ACTN. Enjoy!
Trampled By Turtles - "Are You Behind the Shining Star (Live on Letterman)"
To celebrate/promote the release of their new album, Wild Animals, Duluth's Trampled By Turtles stopped by the Late Show with David Letterman for this sprightly performance of "Are You Behind the Shining Star." The bluegrass group was joined by the producer of their new record, Low's Alan Sparhawk, who added a lively tambourine beat and plenty of proud smiles to the performance. Following this high-profile national television appearance, TbT hit the road for some shows in support of their fantastic new album, including some big festivals out east and in Canada, before returning back to Minnesota for their own curated Festival Palomino at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, where they will be joined by Low, the Head and the Heart, Charles Bradley, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Field Report, and others for what surely will be a celebratory September day.
Tiny Deaths - "Ocean"
We recently featured an interview with Claire de Lune about her new project with Grant Cutler called Tiny Deaths. And now the group has released an official video for their enchanting lead single, "Ocean." The clip was directed by Nicholas Larkins Perez, and it takes a suitably dark, moody vibe which perfectly matches the textured atmospherics of the song. Tiny Deaths are set to release their debut EP sometime soon, and until then you can catch the band live at First Avenue as part of Sound Verite's stacked New Space bill with Greg Grease, Shiro Dame, Allan Kingdom, Manny Phesto, and Doomtree's Ander Other.
Alpha Consumer - "Miss Positron"
Alpha Consumer's wild new album, Meat, was named one of our favorite local releases of the year so far, and now the talented trio has just released their first official video from the record, "Miss Positron." The clip was directed by Matt Bardins/Visionquest.tv, and features a kaleidoscopic blend of colorful lights along with a close-quarters performance from the band and spirited dancing by B-girl MonaLisa, Maddie Fresh, and Richard Tatge. Hell, even Mark Mallman shows up briefly to join in the fun. A cool video for a great jam from one of the best bands in town.
Dem Atlas - "Lucille"
Dem Atlas is still in the process of readying his debut album for Rhymesayers, but the talented MC isn't done highlighting his stellar work on the Charle Brwn EP. This video for "Lucille" shines a spotlight on one of that collection's many standout tracks, and the clip has the old-school vibe of classic hip-hop videos that were conveniently shot out on the front stoop. The video was directed by Morningside Films, who tap into the spirited nature of the track while also keeping it laid back. Dem Atlas is set to hit the road in support of Atmosphere and Prof next month on a series of high profile shows that should bring his lyrical talents to a wider audience. You can catch that North Of Hell tour at First Avenue on August 22.
The Parlour Suite - "The New Midnight"
While the Parlour Suite decamped to L.A. recently, they are still a Minneapolis band at heart, and their Grant Cutler-produced new album, Vibes, is another standout local release in a year already chock full of stellar releases. This new lyric video for "The New Midnight" is suitably shot in the dark of night, with the moody glow of the neon-drenched Los Angeles' city lights augmenting the track's ethereal beat and dark undertones. The clip was directed and edited by Joshua Caro, who does a stylish job bringing the passionate sentiments of the song to life, while also getting the lyrics to add to the visual story which unfolds like an elegant, subtitled foreign film.