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Friday Five: RONiiA, Dan Israel, and more new Minnesota music videos

Happy Friday! Here’s your weekly look at the latest in Minnesota music videos, starting off with one of my favorite releases of December…


I think I’ve watched this video at least five times already; the music and the imagery coalesce to create an ode to nostalgia, coming of age, and the restless ennui of tweendom. RONiiA (which comprises Nona Marie Invie of Dark Dark Dark and Mark McGee of Votel, Father You See Queen, and Marijuana Deathsquads) just released their excellent debut full-length, Last Words, earlier this week, and you can stream the whole thing on Totally Gross National Product’s site.


ECID’s agitated, over-it single “Sign Me Up” gets the cartoon treatment thanks to illustrator Allison Kerek. The single is another taste of his forthcoming album, Pheromone Heavy, which is due out March 3, 2015.

Dan Israel

In what he describes as “a video love letter to Minneapolis,” Dan Israel and photographer Steve Cohen visited several familiar landmarks around the city, including a flooded Lake of the Isles, the bustling Nicollet Mall, and the winding stretch of I-94 that wraps around downtown Minneapolis. Dan is currently working with Rich Mattson to record the follow-up to last year’s Live On, and expects that it will be released sometime next year.

Whatever Forever

Artist Rev K created the visuals for this new video from Whatever Forever (a band that includes Howard Hamilton and Clara Salyer of Prissy Clerks and Jordan Bleau of Frankie Teardrop), which is a teaser for their impending debut album.

Charlie Parr

Flag this one for a time when you can settle in for a full 30 minutes—Duluth bluesman Charlie Parr recently recorded an entire half-hour concert for Wisconsin Public Television, and it includes a few little stories from Charlie in addition to a live performance of six songs.