5 Must-See Local Music Videos

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See also: Tempe's Simply Three Cover Janelle Monáe With the Help of Her Backing Musicians However, if you've got access to a visionary filmmaker who's able to create a memorable music vid on a shoestring budget, sometimes the results can be excellent. The following five music videos that were released by local acts and artists over the last couple months are perfect examples of such and are worth watching. At the very least, each will only take up three minutes or so of your time.

"Two Weeks" - Mouse Powell

The music videos starring this Tempe hip-hop artist and resident emcee for the Blunt Club go beyond featuring his latest track. A definite sense of place and location is encapsulated in each, almost like a video diary of sorts that captures a slice of his life at a certain moment. In 2012, the excellent vid for "Holding Home" showed off arts and culture landmarks from around the Valley while Powell raps about being proud to be from Arizona.

With "Two Weeks," he covers the pressure and stress of being away from home while touring and counting the hours before he's reunited with his loved ones ("Torn between a decision, a destination, and a wife"). The video is filled with footage from life on the road and being in far-flung destinations that's mixed with halcyon-like imagery of good times with friends and family, It's emblematic of the often lonely life of a performer who's where he wants to be professionally, but maybe not personally.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.