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Friday Five: A Zoo Animal documentary, P.O.S. and Astronautalis conquer Target Field, more


After a brief hiatus, the Friday Five is back! And we have a lot to catch up on. It was hard narrowing it down to just five this week, which is always a welcome dilemma. Here’s the best of the best new material for you to check out:

Zoo Animal

We already knew that Dan Huiting was a pioneer in music filmmaking here in the Twin Cities, having been at the forefront of a boom in high-quality videos. Now he’s working with Pioneer Public Television to take things a step further by crafting mini documentaries on local artists. This 30-minute feature on Holly Hansen of Zoo Animal, which was produced and directed by Dana Johnson and shot by Huiting, is simply stunning. If you don’t have the half hour to kill now, bookmark it and watch it later. You’ll be glad you did.


One of my most anticipated albums of the year is the debut album by Sombear, a.k.a. Now, Now drummer Bradley Hale. He seems to be channeling the Weeknd a bit here. This is sexy, slinky music and further evidence that the current Minneapolis Sound is mutilated, experimental R&B-influenced electro pop.


A fast, fun, flashy little video to accompany “Lovin’ on the Run,” a rip-roaring little tune off L’Assassins’ latest record.

Sifu Hotman

Sifu Hotman—whose name is derived from an old cartoon, Avatar: The Last Airbender—is a new collaboration between two talented MCs, Guante and Dem Atlas, and producer Rube. This is just a little teaser of what’s to come from them. More please!

P.O.S. and Astronatalis

The highlight of my 4th of July week by far, and thankfully it was caught on tape by Gimme Noise. P.O.S. and Astronautalis sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to a stadium of 38,000 Twins fans. Hilarious and awesome.