For your viewing pleasure, Local Spins has assembled some of the most captivating new music videos from Michigan artists spanning everything from hip hop to indie rock to pop and more.
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As Michigan rushes into August for what promises to be another banner month of live music and festivals, Local Spins thinks it’s the perfect time to roll out artistic and visual representations of new tracks from local artists. and regional.
We’ve selected 10 recent music videos, running the gamut in terms of styles and approaches. They range from music videos that quickly garner huge audiences (over 900,000 views in just two weeks for Grand Rapids-native SoFaygo’s “Count Me Out” and over 100,000 for Michigander’s “Stay Out of It”) to artistically pleasing productions that certainly deserve more attention. .
So sit back in air-conditioned comfort and crank up the volume. Then, hit the road to see some of these artists in concert.
1. SoFaygo, “Count Me Out”
Grand Rapids-born, Atlanta-based rapper SoFaygo has recently been on fire, as evidenced by the nearly one million views he racked up in just a few weeks for his latest video. At just 20 years old, Andre Dontrel Burt Jr. was born in Grand Rapids and his breakthrough hit with “Knock, Knock” went viral in 2020 and racked up over 100 million plays on Spotify.
2. Phabies, “Seed of Fire”
The gripping video by this dreamy indie-rock/pop band from Grand Rapids accompanies the title track of the album Phabies released earlier this year. Written by Laura Hobson, the melancholy, catchy tune with an uplifting air of rebirth unfolds like a signature Phabies track. The video was filmed by Joshua Skinner and edited by Nick Buwalda. Phabies will play the Saginaw Art Museum on August 10, Dow Gardens in Midland on August 14, and the Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids on August 26 (along with Low Phase, American Hotel System and The Cosmoknights).
3. The Accidentals collective and Kaboom, “Lady of the lake”
In another boundary-pushing collaboration initiated by Traverse City alternative folk trio The Accidentals, this latest project involves the young Kaboom Collective. The trio have teamed up with this one-of-a-kind youth orchestra and last week released “REIMAGINE”, a collection that features new interpretations of 12 classic Accidentals tracks. The trio and orchestra perform at the Tuesday Evening Music Club at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park on August 9.
4. Michigander, “Stay Out Of It”
Directed by Johnny Chew, produced by Mary Kate van den Berg and starring cinematographer Justin Gaar, this inventive and colorful clip of Jason Singer and Michigander’s latest track quickly enchanted fans. “Jason! You made it,” wrote a fan. “This is amazing and one of the most eye-catching things you’ve done.” Now based in Nashville, the Michigan native and his band are embarking on a national tour with Wilderado on August 23.
5. Lokella (with Emilee Petersmark), “Just Nineteen”
Grand Rapids’ Lokella’s dark rock underpinnings are given a powerful boost with vocalist Jennifer Bartlett joined on vocals by Emilee Petersmark of The Crane Wives on this track, creating a bright, powerful and hard-hitting duo. The Bobby Boucher-directed video (shot and edited by Vybe Studios) features the familiar landscape of Grand Rapids as the backdrop. (By the way, The Crane Wives are playing the Listening Lawn series at Studio Park in downtown Grand Rapids on August 13.)
6. Brie Stoner, “Bloom”
Many who followed singer-songwriter Brie Stoner’s music more than a decade ago warmly welcomed the singer’s re-emergence on the Grand Rapids music scene. His haunting indie dream-rock is on full display here, with the music video for “Bloom” directed by Logan Zillmer and Stoner, and produced by Luke Shoemaker.
7. Steven Malcolm (with Snoop Dogg and Jay-Way), “Summertime”
What could be a more appropriate title to warm up the month of August than a title titled “Summertime”? This one comes courtesy of Grand Rapids hip-hop artist Steven Malcolm, who caught a national following as a Christian rapper and was nominated for multiple Dove Awards Described by one fan as “a dope song” and a “video dope”, he also gets a star power boost from Snoop Dogg himself. Malcolm performs at Unity Christian Music Festival in Muskegon on August 10 and Bless Fest in Lansing on August 27.
8. “Built Like a Fish”, Kyle Brown and the Human Condition
Inspired by the Pacific Ocean (Kyle Brown resided in Hawaii for about a year before returning to West Michigan), this video from Kyle Brown & The Human Condition features one of the region’s newest roots bands, who released their debut albums earlier this summer. The band plays at the Cowpie Music Festival near Caledonia at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, at North Grove Brewers in Montague on August 11, and at the Forest Trail Music Festival in Free Soil at the end of August.
9. “Mr Right Now,” Hannah Rose Graves
It’s only apropos that West Michigan singer Hannah Rose Graves filmed this particular video at the Tio Top Deluxe Bar & Grill in Grand Rapids, where she hosts an “Open Stage” party on Wednesdays. The video was filmed by Michael Young, with sound engineering from Clear Sky Productions. She also plays City Built Brewing’s Friday Night Live at 6:30 p.m. Friday (with Nicholas James & The Bandwagon) at Grand Rapids’ Canal Park and hosts “Hannah Rose’s Acoustic Cafe” at Cowpie Music Festival at 10 a.m. Saturday.
10. “Saint Blue”, The blue pines
Sure, this was filmed in the heart of the Michigan winter, but what better way to cool off on scorching summer days than watching a relaxing alt-rock music video (filmed by Roz’Lyn Clayton)? The Blue Pines will play Encore 201 in Traverse City at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Third Nature Brewing in Rockford on August 19.
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