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Friday Five: BNLX debuts a video, Lucy Michelle goes international, and more

Tomorrow is Record Store Day. Sunday is Earth Day. And this isn’t even an episode of Portlandia! Let’s get this groovy weekend started off right with a batch of new videos and local gems:

1. BNLX wander the world

Our first order of business today is debuting this brand-new video from BNLX. In “See What I See,” the band literally wants you to see what they see as they navigate around Europe on a recent tour. BNLX is preparing to release their newest EP, BNLX #7, and have just moved their EP-release show to Saturday, April 28 — it will take place at the Nicholas Edward Hall (in Loring Park behind Joe’s Garage, previously known as the Nick and Eddie Warehouse) with support from Idle Hands, Prissy Clerks, and Launch Party.


2. Vevo loves Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles

A few weeks back, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles debuted this new video on the homepage of Vevo, YouTube’s international music site. 13,000 views later, the video continues to rake in positive comments from new fans. And that’s not the only big news in Velvet Lapelles’ world, either — tonight, the band will headline First Avenue’s Mainroom in support of their new full-length release, Heat. Catch ’em on air at 11 a.m. today when The Current will air their session with Barb Abney, and see ’em live tonight.


3. Fire in the Northern Firs get outside

There’s something majestic and picturesque about Fire in the Northern Firs’ tunes, so it’s fitting that their first music video features beautiful shots of the band soaking up some rays outdoors. If you like what you hear, you may be interested to know that the band is currently raising funs for a full-length LP through Kickstarter.


4. When Dick Clark met Prince

When news of Dick Clark’s passing hit the web on Wednesday, tributes and rememberances started spreading like wildfire, in addition to video footage from throughout his career. In this gem, we see Prince make his television debut with the gentle coaxing of Clark, who remarks, “This isn’t the kind of music that comes out of Minneapolis!”

5. Secret Stash digs up an old local nugget

I included this video in my roundup of Record Store Day events, but it’s such a catchy tune that I had to include it again here. From 1968, it’s Rufus Lumley’s tribute to Minneapolis — listen to it in the video below, and pick up a limited-run 45 of the song tomorrow.