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 rousing new video from the Persian Leaps launches Local Frames this week. We've also got new clips from Tender Meat, Coastal Cabins, a collaboration between Preston Gunderson and Jillian Rae, as well as two more of Adam J Dunn's LAAB videos featuring C.Kerns + Bats, and Freez. We've also got some cool live performance clips, including a Tiny Desk Concert from Trampled By Turtles, a concert car performance from Tiny Deaths, and two Lowertown Line clips from Chastity Brown and the 4onthefloor. Enjoy!
The Persian Leaps - "Pretty Boy"
The Persian Leaps are back with a bristling new EP, Drive Drive Delay, and the first single and video offered up from that collection is for the spirited rocker "Pretty Boy." The track has elements of both '60s mod music from the U.K. and the straight-ahead rock urgency of Guided By Voices, and the St. Paul trio does a great job blending those influences into this concise two-and-a-half-minute jam. The clip was created by Kobamm Productions, and features the band playing outdoors in a serene field while the sun is setting majestically behind them. Good visuals for a great song. You can catch the Persian Leaps celebrating the release of their new EP with a free show at the 331 Club on September 12, along with the Person and the People, and Queen of France.
Trampled By Turtles - NPR's Tiny Desk Concert
The whole country is clearly falling for the charms of Trampled By Turtles at this point. Whether it's their celebratory performance that won David Letterman over, or this recent Tiny Desk Concert that even brought the new CEO of NPR down to witness the set, the Duluth bluegrass group has certainly struck a postitive chord with music fans throughout the U.S. The group all shared one microphone for this spirited performance, playing three numbers all drawn from their excellent new album, Wild Animals -- "Come Back Home," "Winners," and "Lucy." It truly is a lovely performance that more than justified the fans who packed around NPR's Tiny Desk that day. You can catch Trampled By Turtles at Canterbury Park on Saturday, September 20, as they headline their own curated Festival Palomino, along with the Head and the Heart, Low, Charles Bradley, Field Report, and other terrific acts.
Tender Meat - "Steppin Out"
The electro-rock duo Tender Meat celebrated the recent release of their new album, Hello World, with a rousing set at the highly enjoyable Totally Gross National Party at Icehouse. And now, Tender Meat's sonic alchemists, Andy Fritz and Jon Coe, have shared the fittingly wild video for the first single drawn from their new record, "Steppin Out." The neon-drenched, psychedelic animations that vibrantly color the clip -- done by Fritz himself -- complement the untamed, dynamic pulse of the track. Hello World is the duo's first release with TGNP, and from the looks and sounds of things, their creative partnership couldn't be more perfectly matched.
Chastity Brown - "Solely (Live from the Lowertown Line)"
Chastity Brown is set to release her highly anticipated new album in spring of 2015, but until then we can enjoy this scintillating performance of "Solely," from her Lowertown Line performance last October. TPT has just shared this video drawn from Brown's impassioned set, which highlights Chastity's soulful, resonant voice as well as the melodic keys of deVon Gray and the understated arrangements of the rest of the band. Brown is aiming to start a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the recording and release of her new album, but for now you can catch her at the Cedar on September 8 as she takes part in the Acoustic Guitar Project, before she heads off for a tour of the U.K. and Europe over the coming months.
The 4onthefloor - "For Pa (For Ma) (Live on the Lowertown Line)"
From an older Lowertown Line performance to a clip from a brand new episode. The dust has barely settled after the 4onthefloor rocked Icehouse on August 26. The lively rockers delivered a rousing set that got the packed room dancing and drinking along with their spirited anthems, and this clip of "For Pa (For Ma)" gives you a small idea of just what went down that night. This was the first time that the Lowertown Line ventured outside of the comfortable confines of tpt's beloved Studio A, and the boisterous results proved that the move paid off. The crowd was jubilant and in high spirits, and the band (with special guest Rupert) whipped them up into a frenzy that is captured by the talented video and audio crew of the Lowertown Line.