Happy Friday! What a week. There were a few things going on around here, I guess, including the news that I’ll be taking over the Local Show starting on January 10, 2016. (Eeee!) I also partied with some bands from Manitoba, took in an astoundingly good show from Low, had a revelatory conversation with Manchita, and attended a marathon tribute to Eyedea. All in a week’s work.
With another busy weekend around the corner, here’s a look at some of the best and brightest videos to emerge from the Minnesota music scene — and if you haven’t checked out the new Poliça video for “Lime Habit” or Chris Koza’s new 360 video shot for consumption in virtual reality, then you certainly have your work cut out for you today.
Bones and Beeker
Big congrats are in order for Bones and Beeker, who are releasing their debut album today on Brooklyn tastemaker imprint Wax Poetics. The duo is comprised of singer, songwriter, and producer Anthony Newes (formerly of Villa), and the highly respected producer and DJ BK-One, a.k.a. Brendan who toured for many years as Brother Ali’s partner in crime. For more on B&B, here’s the transcript of an interview I did with the duo for last week’s Local Show.
If you caught the Local Show last week, you may have already heard this insanely gorgeous cover of the Oasis jam “Wonderwall” by Minneapolis artist Jourdan Myers. She released a video to accompany the cover this week, and I’ve already hit play at least five times.
Speaking of things I can’t stop watching, I get such a kick out of this video from AKA, a new group comprised of members of Minneapolis R&B legends the Valdons (who went on to become the Philadelphia Story, after recording an album in Philly in the early ’70s). Their new single brings their golden harmonies into the modern age, and it’s really, really catchy. More please!
Well this is adorable. Songwriters Dave Mehling and Stacy K strum their guitars and sing in harmony as the duo MRDR, and they filmed this little ditty while taking a break from raking leaves. Catch them live at Icehouse on November 22, and find out more about their new collaboration on their website.
Good Night Gold Dust
There are some serious Florence and the Machine vibes on this entrancing, nocturnal single from Good Night Gold Dust. Hear more from their self-titled EP over on their website.