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 seductive new (and slightly NSFW) video from Tickle Torture emphatically gets things going this week. Keep reading for new clips from the Ericksons, Munqs, Allan Kingdom (feat. Spooky Black), the Lioness, and Vision the Kid & Tru. This week also features cool live performance clips from Lizzo at Reading Festival, Phantom Tails at Radio K, Bob Mould at NPR's Tiny Desk, and Black Diet at Hair Police. Enjoy!
Tickle Torture - "You're Gonna Be My Baby"
Tickle Torture gets things heated up straight away with his sultry (and slightly NSFW) video for his pulsating new jam, "You're Gonna Be My Baby." The track is from Tickle Torture's highly anticipated forthcoming EP, Spectrophilia, due out on September 9 on Blood of the Young Records. The concept for the clip came from Mr. Tickle himself, Elliott Kozel, while it was directed by Ryan Kron Thompson, and produced/edited by Dan Huiting. There's an erotic quality to all of Tickle Torture's work, but he pushes those traits to the hilt in the red-hot track and video. Catch the carnal spectacle that is the Tickle Torture live show at the Entry on September 6, as Elliott celebrates the release of Spectrophilia with his cohorts Pony Bwoy and C. Kostra.
Black Diet - "Do A Little Wrong (Live at Hair Police)"
Black Diet have been all over local stages for months on end, and now the irrepressible sextet decided to get down and do their soulful thing at the unlikeliest of music venues -- the Uptown salon, Hair Police. But somehow the combination works brilliantly, as the group brings "Do A Little Wrong" to the stylish locale. The clip is shot in the vein of La Blogothèque's 'Take Away Show,' which delivered live performances from unique, distinctive locations. Director and editor David Tullis (Black Diet's drummer) does a wonderful job continuing that creative trend with this clip, as the band makes themselves right at home in the salon, while their patrons get a free show with their haircut. You can catch Black Diet when they open for the legendary Lee Fields & the Expressions at the Cedar on September 18.
Munqs - "At Night"
Back in June, the synth-drenched, electro-rock duo Munqs released their gloriously textured new album, How Dark. Now the tranquil, haunting centerpiece of the album, "At Night," has an equally compelling -- but shockingly violent -- video, directed by the relentlessly busy Adam J Dunn. The clip captures the moody vibe of the song perfectly, playing up the "At Night" theme, just with a vicious twist, as a sexy, drug-laden night around the campfire takes a decidedly dark, horrific turn. The song is enthralling and intoxicating, with expert production and arrangements by Corey Lawson, and with the help of this striking video, you won't forget the track or its accompanying visuals anytime soon.
The Ericksons - "My Love"
Folk-rock sister duo the Ericksons return with a glorious new album, Bring Me Home, on September 30. The first single and video lifted from the record is the utterly captivating, "My Love," which has a surprising electro-pop element to it that only compliments the golden harmonies of Bethany Valentini and Jenny Kapernick. The Ericksons decamped to Justin Vernon's April Base studio to record the new album, along with Beau Sorenson and co-producer Sean Carey. The talented songwriters assembled a top notch band around them (featuring Field Report's Ben Lester and Shane Leonard along with Minneapolis virtuoso Mike Lewis) to help bring these exquisite songs to life, and the results are stunning and quite moving. You can catch the Ericksons performing at MPR Day at the Minnesota State Fair tomorrow (August 29), as well as at the Varsity Theater with Jessica Lea Mayfield on September 16, and their big Record Release Show for Bring Me Home at the Cedar on October 3 along with BBGUN.
Allan Kingdom - "Wavey (Feat. Spooky Black)"
Allan Kingdom delivered dynamic live sets at 10 Thousand Sounds and last weekend's Totally Gross National Party, boldly asserting that he is one of the young MCs to watch in the current hip-hop scene. This video for "Wavey" -- one of the best tracks on his brilliant new album, Future Memoirs -- should go even further to solidify him towards the top of the modern rap game. Kingdom is joined on this song by his musical cohort, Spooky Black, who is blowing up in his own right. And the two prove to be quite potent and unstoppable when partnered together on this smooth, R&B drenched number. Kingdom produced the track along with Psymun, and the simple but striking video only compliments the laid back vibe of the number itself. Catch Allan Kingdom when he plays the P.O.S.-curated, The Fucking Best Show Ever, in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, September 13.