This weekend we’re celebrating the eighth anniversary of the Current, the station that has introduced me to more new artists than I can count and was kind enough to offer me a job around this time last year. And what better way to sprint through the finish line of this crazy, Minnesota music news-filled week than with a pair of sold-out, all-local shows?
If you scored tickets to one of this weekend’s birthday bashes at First Avenue, please find me and say hello—I’ll be the one pacing the room and frantically punching every tweetable detail into my iPhone.
In honor of this weekend’s festivities, I’m kicking off the Friday Five with a new video from one of tonight’s performers…
1. Chastity Brown leads an acoustic soul jam
If you haven’t seen Chastity Brown perform live, this video provides such a warm and intimate introduction to her folk-soul sound. Here, Chastity performs “I Left Home” with her band (including piano player deVon Gray, who is also celebrating a birthday tonight) for Duluth-based live video series North Shore Sessions.
2. Meme have “Fallen”
I’ve mentioned Meme—the electro-pop collaboration between commercial recording artists Danny Burke and Lizzie Brown—in this space before, and I continue to be impressed by the high production value of their music videos. Sample their latest video, “Fallen,” here.
3. Kill the Vultures share some “Moonshine”
This live video was actually shot almost a year ago by Unique Techniques, but this finished product was just released this week. It was well worth the wait.
4. Jeremy Messersmith brings his living room tour to McNally Smith
A few months back I caught up with Jeremy Messersmith to talk about his recent tour of people’s living rooms, which provides an independent artist like Jeremy the opportunity to play intimate spaces, connect one-on-one with fans, and even sometimes earn more money than at traditional clubs. While between legs of his tour, he stopped by McNally Smith to play a similarly cozy show in the student dorms and chat with students about what that experience has been like, and the school captured his visit (and interviews with McNally’s David Lewis and Gimme Noise’s Reed Fischer) in this mini-documentary.
5. Killstreak and Guante rock the Entry
I’m already such a big fan of Guante’s work that it wasn’t hard to push play on this new live video from a recent show at the Entry, but it also serves as a nice introduction to fiery young rapper Tony Williams of Killstreak. If you like what you hear, you can snag a free download of the MCs’ collaborative track on SoundCloud.