This week’s Top 5 MN Music Videos
St. Paul Peterson – “Something in the Water”
Why is Minneapolis music so funky? Yes, Prince had something to do with it, but St. Paul Peterson was right there as the Minneapolis Sound was being created. The Twin Cities vet calls his new album Something in the Water “a greazy slice of blues funk.” He’s just dropped the video for the title track, which offers no explanation to the Cities’ unique aesthetic other than that’s just how it’s always been. Instead, he name-drops his fellow proprietors, as if to say, “go ask them.”
Jan 8th, 2019
St. Paul Peterson – “You Got 2 Love”
Jan St. Paul Peterson, who played with Prince and the Time, is here to prove that the Minneapolis Sound is still going strong with his new single, “You Got 2 Love.” The song seeks to unmoor people from their political and ideological hang-ups in hopes that love will be enough to unite this divided nation. It’s exactly the type of message Prince would’ve endorsed, and to have a musician so close to his legacy spreading it makes this all the more meaningful. A bevy of celebs, including Tom Arnold, Sinbad, and Fred Armisen, join Peterson in his plea for one love, one nation, one groove.
“The concert at zero degrees: From fDeluxe to Rae Sremmurd, Super Bowl LIVE hits a new low ”
Tearing through “High Fashion,” “The Screams of Passion,” and “Mutiny,” the family wound the clock right back to 1985, when the Minneapolis Sound was hot and fresh. It was a far cry from the (virtual) seaside setting of the “Screams of Passion” video, but that didn’t stop the band — with Melvoin resplendent in a fur coat and updo — from reminding their fans what they came for.
“Fans love Frampton's way, with guitar, at State Theatre ”
July 13th, 2016
A few thoughts about Peter Frampton’s concert Wednesday night at the packed State Theatre in Minneapolis:
Before the lights went dark, a recorded message from Frampton was played, telling fans to limit their photo and video taking to the first three songs – and thereafter no use of cellphones, not even for texting. Ushers actively enforced the policy during the rest of the evening.
Frampton played a generous 2 1/2 hour set, which included an overlong five-song acoustic segment plus covers of Buddy Holly, Soundgarden and numbers associated with two of Frampton’s late pals, David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” and George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” He said not a word about Bowie, his old school mate, but told a story about Harrison, including doing a vocal impression of the late Beatle.
The cheery Frampton was chatty between songs, trying to be witty with a hint of sarcasm. However, as a guitarist, it was not about entertaining. It was about the music, with Frampton often facing his sidemen not the audience as he delivered fresh, largely improvised solos. He was clearly trying to communicate with his players – and let the fans come along for the ride.
The guitarist’s tone, technique and versatility were impressive. In the course of the evening, he played everything from flamenco and blues to jazz-rock fusion and hard rock. Frampton may not be the most emotional or soulful guitarist but he’s a master at building a solo to elevate the song.
Frampton’s guitar playing was more remarkable than his singing or songwriting. In fact, his guitar work could redeem a lesser song like “I Wanna Go to the Sun.”
He knows how to connect with his fans, whether by using a talk box on his big hits like “Do You Feel Like We Do,” throwing in an eloquent instrumental version of “Black Hole Sun” or getting couples to slow dance to “Baby I Love Your Way.”
Frampton’s four-man backup band featured two Minnesotans – keyboardist Rob Arthur, who has toured with Frampton for 11 years, and bass man Paul Peterson, whom Frampton called “one of the finest bassists ever.” The way Frampton interacted with his bandmates was alluring in a jazz ensemble sort of way. You could tell the bandleader was getting off while exchanging licks with guitarist Adam Lester or keyboardist Arthur.
The 66-year-old British hero was clearly in great spirits. He delivered 23 songs, compared to 18 numbers the night before in Mankato.
Highlights included the guitar-hero moment of “Black Hole Sun,” the hard-driving “Nassau” and the encore of the deeply felt “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
In case you weren’t aware, Frampton no longer has the fluffy curls that were his signature in his 1976 heyday. He joked about that. Judging by the enthusiasm of the 40- and 50-something women in the audience, it didn’t matter. They still love his way – with a guitar.