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Friday Five: New videos from the Ocean Blue, Metsota, the 4onthefloor, more

It occurred to me the other day that I’ve been kicking off most Friday Five posts this season with some chit-chat about the weather. So Minnesotan, I know. But at this point, I don’t even know what season it’s supposed to be, or how we’re all supposed to feel about it. So instead, I’m cueing up these new videos and keeping my thoughts on the latest new music, sweet music…

Here are five videos that caught my attention this week. And if you need more of a video fix, be sure to peep the other local music in-studios we’ve hosted and filmed this week—from Nicholas David to Free Energy (are they local?) to On an On (who weren’t local, but now are!).

The Ocean Blue

Speaking of bands who have recently migrated to Minneapolis, the Ocean Blue is now based in the Cities and their new record has all kinds of Minnesota ties. Ultramarine was released on the locally based Korda Records, and this new video was directed by Blue Sky Blackout frontman Christian Erickson.


I first discovered Metasota (who also goes by Meta) via Greg Grease’s 2012 breakout Cornbread, Pearl, and G, and fans of that record will find a few similar elements in Meta’s work. His new video, “Force Fed,” is the first off his latest Still Happy I’m Present (H.I.P. 2), and was directed by Myke Shevy.

Taj Raj

This video kills me. What happened to these two? Are they breaking up? Staying together? Maybe they just had a fight over what kind of beer the guy was supposed to get and everything’s going to be ok?

On an On

One of the most fascinating aspects of watching in-studio sessions is witnessing the bands who sound very electronic—like On an On, featured here—recreate their dreamy and heavily manipulated sound in a live setting.

The 4onthefloor

Miss the 4onthefloor’s big release shows at the Turf Club and First Avenue Mainroom a few weeks back? This video provides a recap from a great vantage point at the Turf, complete with some thoughts on the new record by Gabriel Douglas.