KCYoungBoss, Jaenki, Keep True, and more of the latest in local music videos

This post-Thanksgiving stretch is not a particularly productive one — too many holiday parties and festive events to distract us from sitting at a desk and answering emails. We say: embrace it. Why not get yourself a small party going with this collection of local artists and their latest videos in the latest Cine Local?

Keep True, “Living” 

The drummer for True North is wearing a Menzingers t-shirt, and I think that’s all you really need to understand about the band’s sound. Poppy punk à la the likes of Mixtapes, Good Charlotte, and yes, the Menzingers: damned catchy, yet anthemic and crunchy enough to finger point while you’re pogo-ing.

“Living” is the first cut off the band’s debut EP, Digging Up Bones, which you can snag on Bandcamp

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HighWestus, “TAKOTSUBO: a love story”

A full-on 25-minute film for HighWestus’ album of the same name, TAKOTSUBO: a love story, is an amazing collaboration between the rapper and the folks at Whatever Forever. We reached out to Highwestus, and he broke down the video for us:

“For me, this was a lot about story. I try to imagine in my head the ideal locations that best tell my story, and then I work really hard to try to find those places that would match. I always like to supplement, for one — meaning, if you have a better location, you don’t have to do as much intense editing or effects, but if you have a more simple location, you usually have to beef up your effects or create some kind of dynamic visual trait. My goal was to create a bunch of different stories using the same characters, as if we are experiencing them in different worlds. One thing that I think was funny: during the cemetery shoot, I had people actually pour dirt over me. Everyone was incredibly conflicted, and at some point it was pretty tough to breathe.”

You can get TAKOTSUBO: a love story from Datura Records’ Bandcamp.

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Sons of Stereo, “The Breeze” 

Ah, house party videos — will we ever tire of them? Likely not, because there’s nothing quite so delightful as seeing band members shotgun beers and act a fool while a crowd jumps up and down around them. For Sons of Stereo’s new track, think a version of Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle,” but nobody’s in their underpants.

Jaenki live at the Truman 

Shot live at the Truman on November 2, when Jaenki was opening for Joywave and Sir Sly, this video captures the band’s debut with new singer Stephanie Perkins. It’s also Perkins’ debut, period, having not performed live before. The band’s new EP, Every Human — which Jaenki describes as a “synth heavy, hook-laden experience of revelation” — is out now, and you can next catch the band live on New Year’s Eve at the Riot Room with Khystal, Brave the Spirit, and Negro Scoe. Details on that show here.

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MX.MRS, “DEFINING TRANSGENDER OUT OF EXISTENCE” 

Released on Election Day, Mazzy Mann’s video is here to remind us “that trans people do exist and that they are very much in danger due to targeted visibility in the media headlines.” The repetition of I see you peakin’ into my window and I see at you at my door emphasize the attacks trans people feel from being out in public, and it’s a point driven more fully home by the use of news clips as the visual background.

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Aaron Alexander, “Everlasting.” 

A swimming pool filled with flowers becomes a funeral bier surrounded by candles. The flowers are all fake, because Alexander is mourning the end of a relationship, as evinced by lines like They put that fake love in a casket. Still, it’s no less affecting than if it were the death of someone, because really, when a relationship dies, that person’s gone from your life, anyway, right?

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Canvas Blck, “Drug” feat. Melo Miles 

Canvas Blck’s dark, bluesy R&B sounds like it’s been filtered through more than a few shots of the Crystal Head vodka you see the artist carrying a bottle of in the opening shot of “Drug.” Comparing his paramour to liquor or cocaine, you wonder if he’s hooked up with the same person from Aaron Alexander’s previous video. As Melo Miles says when he drops his bars, “What’s the cure? Is it love?”

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They Call Me Sauce, “Time to Eat” (live) 

Recorded live at Sofar Sounds on September 18, Sauce drops a killer live version of “Time to Eat,” the first cut off 2016’s #SoulFood3: A Dedication to Black Women. On this take, he’s backed by VP3 on saxophone and Kartez Marcel as DJ, and it’s electric. Catch him as part of the KC Streetcar Holiday Jam on Saturday, December 15, at Ruby Jean’s Juicery. Details on that show here

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KCYoungBoss, “Like Mike” 

Taken from KCYoungBoss’ 2017 album, Kansas City, “Like Mike” contains the rapper’s brutal tales of growing up and trying to make money contrasted by a breezy and smooth backing track. It’s the same with the visuals: KCYoungBoss in front of a gorgeous lowrider on an equally gorgeous day, while two women bust moves behind him being intercut with a kitchen table covered in guns. That’s art, kids.

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Are you a local musician with a video to share? Email nicholas.spacek@gmail.com

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