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Friday Five: New Polica, Father You See Queen, Andy Elwell and more

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Y’all ready for this? With the weekend just around the corner, here are a few fresh Minnesota music videos to get things started off right:

1. Polica release video for “Wandering Star”

The band members are absent from a new avant-garde performance art video for Polica’s “Wandering Star,” directed by L.A. filmmaker ELY, but the video still manages to encapsulate their emotional yet coolly disconnected aesthetic.


2. Alan Sparhawk teams up with Portland Cello Project

Low’s Alan Sparhawk is no stranger to the AV Club’s Undercover series (he’s performed covers for them twice already), and this team he teamed up with the Portland Cello Project for a unique rendition of “Institutionalized.” Yes, as in the Suicidal Tendencies song.


3. Father You See Queen debut first video 

Pitchfork premiered the video for sprawling nine-minute opus “Don’t Be Mad At Me” by soundscape artists Father You See Queen, which features gritty footage of the New York City subway system, a car slowly driving through the snow, and a voyeuristic look at someone talking in their kitchen, which is all vaguely unsettling.


4. Andy Elwell shows us his cabin

Mr. Elwell takes a pretty lady on a rowboat, serenades her in a cabin, and roasts her some marshmallows in a video so beautifully shot and stylishly rustic that it could pass for a four-minute ad for Urban Outfitters. Quaint, yet hip! Elwell has a CD-release show tonight at the Bryant-Lake Bowl.


5. Golden Smog re-emerge for Kill Kancer benefit

A few weeks back we hipped you to the upcoming Kill Kancer benefit in memory of Soul Asylum bassist Karl Mueller. The latest news? Golden Smog will perform with special guest Chan Poling AND with on-again, off-again member Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Here’s a classic Golden Smog video to get you in the mood.