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Friday Five: Another Minnesotan will compete on the Voice


I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to finish up this work week and get outside. Whittle down the last few hours of your week with a handful of the best new videos from Minnesota artists, and catch up on the latest local news while you’re at it.

Mark Andrew on The Voice

It seems like the last season of The Voice just wound down, with St. Paul’s Nicholas David finishing in third place. A new season is already revving up, and we have someone from the hometown team competing once again—this time it’s Mark Andrew, known locally as Eden Prairie native Mark Andrew Pudas. He auditioned with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” and impressed Shakira enough to win a spot competing on her team.

Ben Kyle

Here’s a five-minute short video that’ll break your heart. According to Minneapolis filmmakers Royal Antler, the video follows “a happy young couple through a difficult life interruption.” I won’t give away any more than that.

Grant Hart

This trailer actually debuted a few weeks back, but I just came across it this week. Preview the new Grant Hart documentary, Every Everything, which is due out later this year, and get ready to hear a lot more about Grant—he has a double album, The Argument, coming out in June in addition to this film.


Brother Ali

It’s no secret that Brother Ali takes his socio-political activism seriously and practices what he preaches. This video illustrates that point with a dizzying array of footage from his various outreach and Occupy Homes activism projects. And seriously, when is the last time you’ve watched a music video that climaxes with the artist getting arrested for civil disobedience in real life?

Fathom Lane

I’m such a sucker for pretty vocal harmonies, and this song hits that sweet spot so well. The video by Jeremy Krzmarzick features footage from Fathom Lane’s recent performance at the Live Letters space.