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KUMD Album Review: Frank Ocean

Sep 28, 2016

Frank Ocean | Blonde

Four years, one month and ten days, that’s how long it took for Frank Ocean to ride back in on his melodic wave. The channel widened and the color orange gave way to the golden tresses that form Blonde, Frank Ocean’s long-awaited sophomore album.

harmarsuperstar.com // Rickett & Sones

KUMD's The Basement Presents: Har Mar Superstar with Tickle Torture and Catsax! 

Tune in to The Basement, Monday through Wednesday after 9pm, for your chance to win tickets to this wild show that is expected to sell-out!

Enter between August 8 and August 10

Groovy basslines, some steady drums, and an organ from hell makeup Duluth's own Pizzaghost. Still riding high off their 2015 self-titled debut, their show serves as an unofficial send off for frontman Jack Klander, who embarks on a cross country bike trip in three days. It's uncertain when this group will play again, making this show a can't miss opportunity! They joined us live in the studio for a special Basement edition of Live From Studio A on June 9, 2016.

Listen to our special edition of Live from Studio A- the first-ever on KUMD's the Basement- from March 31, 2016 with these local punk rockers. Their debut EP, Model Homes, hit the top of the Basement charts; Basement Music Director Quentin Stille sat down with the band to find out about how sandwiches, house sitting, and TV's Arrested Development fit into their music and they performed live for us.

Vivielle—Something That Isn't There

The transition from summer to fall is always hard to make.  The leaves fall off the trees, the sky gets permanently cloudy, and the students try to ease back into school.  Luckily, Vivielle is back to make the transition a little bit easier.  On their latest, Something That Isn’t There, the Duluth four-piece delivers ten tracks of autumn-ready melancholia— a perfect soundtrack for the fall season.

8/5 KUMD Album Review: Sticky Fingers

Aug 5, 2015

  ~There are heads all over the globe that are floating in a cloud of dub, reggae, ska, psychedelic tempos together and smiling~

7/29 KUMD Album Reviews: Tame Impala

Jul 29, 2015

Tame Impala-Currents

Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala have triumphantly returned to the limelight with their latest chart-topping release Currents, which has just secured the band’s first-ever spot in the UK top 10 charts. After their acclaimed Lonerism release, the band spent most of their time headlining festivals and rising to the top of indie and rock charts.

7/22 KUMD Album Review: Desaparecidos

Jul 22, 2015

Who would’ve thought Conor Oberst was in a punk band? His work with Bright Eyes is the portrait of a man who needs a hug. Listen to his work with Desaparecidos and you’ve got a man who will take you out for drinks to talk political views, all while plotting the next big riot. You don’t expect to head bang to the same voice who sang “Land Locked Blues.” It may sound strange, but it’s good.

Hearing Giant, the latest album from L’anarchiste, is like watching a party from start to finish.  A solo horn, banjo, or synth pulse starts each track before seamless layering brings an eclectic array of instrumentation into the mix, like seeing guests slowly arrive to the party.  Each track then ends with the same solo instrument, alone again, but well-rounded in result.

Ross Birchard, better known as stage name Hudson Mohawke, didn’t want to make a “traditional" album. Lantern, his latest, is an exercise in genre attention-deficit; Mohawke gleefully switches instruments and sounds up for maximum inconsistency.  However, once the lack of cohesion is acknowledged, it’s a very fun listen.

Nick Thorburn is probably from something you know. From fronting groups such as Islands, Mister Heavenly, and The Unicorns, to composing the soundtrack to the award-winning podcast Serial,  Thorburn stays prolific. His latest effort, City of Quartz, sees Thorburn going solo as “Nick Diamonds,” incorporating his past works—and some new ideas—in for maximum effect.

6/8 KUMD Album Review: The Vaccines

Jun 8, 2015

Rivers Cuomo is probably jealous of this album.  The Vaccines’ frontman, Justin Hayward-Young, is a huge fan of Pinkerton, the second album released by Weezer, so it makes sense that this album should be produced by Dave Fridmann, the man who produced Pinkerton.  In comparison to The Vaccines’ earlier work, English Graffiti is a lot tighter and less garage sounding, but still has the angst that Weezer gave us in 1996. 

6/1 KUMD Album Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Jun 1, 2015

Have you ever been in love? Have you ever been in love with two people at the same time? Have you ever heard a song written about love?  These questions and the further complexities of love are detailed on the latest album from New Zealand lo-fi indie rock outfit, Unknown Mortal Orchestra. With reckless abandon, frontman/creative mastermind Ruban Nielson reinvented the band with a higher quality sound in terms of not only instrumentation and production, but also lyrical subject matter on their new record Multi-Love.

5/4 KUMD Album Review: Hiatus Kaiyote

May 4, 2015

You’re having the worst day.  Scratch that.  The worst week.  Everything’s piling up quicker than you could have imagined and the end seems nowhere in sight.  You dwell on this stress as you’re walking to work, mopey in attitude and outlook.  Suddenly, you see something odd pass you by.  It’s a horse on a beach ball.  Not a toy, but a real live horse.  It’s standing upright and moving its hooves intricately over the beach ball—staying perfectly balanced.  The horse slows the roll of his hooves to angle himself right in front of you.  He then let’s out a mighty whinny.  

KUMD Album Review: Matt and Kim

Apr 23, 2015

YOLO has never sounded so good! Matt and Kim have been busy reworking their flow into a brand new dance anthem album, New Glow. As a follow up to 2012’s Lightning, this junior album is a dancy take on their already pop-glow music form.

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