Live Music

We welcomed this Minneapolis synth-pop duo to the studio on April 14, 2017. They performed the same night at the Rex as part of Ellipsis Presents: A Twin Cities Takeover, which also included Chris Koza and the Blind Shake.

This Portland, Oregon-based band features former Duluthian (and Tin Can Gin member) Harrison Olk on banjo. The bluegrass quartet released its debut studio album, Caught in the Rain in 2016. They joined us in the studio on April 12, 2017 to give us a preview of their show at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth the same evening.

This local musician will join us in the studio on Tuesday, April 4 at 2pm. He releases his new album, Circuit Sessions, the same day. Recorded in Duluth, the disc features musicians Eric Pollard of Actual Wolf, Steve Garrington of Low, and Minneapolis guitarist Jake Hanson. We'll talk with Teague about the album, his writing and podcast projects, and his upcoming release show in Duluth.


Fiddler Eric Christopher and banjo player Anthony Ihrig of this Minnesota bluegrass 5-piece joined us in the studio on March 31, 2017. We talked about the band's non-traditional approach to playing traditional bluegrass; for example, their new album, "Daddy was a Bankrobber," due out June 16th, takes its name from a Clash tune they cover.  The band was in town to play at their first Cabin Fever Festival, sponsored by the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-time Music Association.

The Basement Best Bets 3/24

Mar 24, 2017

Todd Eckart, The Legendary Hell Puppies, Isreal, Crescent Moon, The Fractals, The Jane Gang, Mark Anderson Trio, and Dirty Guitars
Rockabilly, Surf, Funk, and Jazz All In One Wild Eleven Hour Event
Izzy's BBQ Lounge & Grill
Saturday, March 25 | 12PM-1AM | 21+ | Free

Abe Curran & the Blue Rooster with DJ Funk Source
Rock/New Folk/Psychedelia/Jam
The Red Herring
Friday, March 24 | 6PM | 21+ | Free

The Basement Best Bets 3/3

Mar 3, 2017

The Farsights with Birthday Suits and Secret Badass
The Basement is proud to sponsor the Duluth Native Punk Rock Trio with their new 7" EP Release!
Red Herring Lounge
Friday, March 3 | 9PM | 18+ | $5

The Porchlights
Vocally Driven Alternative/Folk Band
Rex Bar
Friday, March 3 | 10PM | 21+ | $6

Paper Parlor and The Confused Brothers Band with Emma Joru
Psychedelic/Blues/Fusion and Funk/Rock
Sir Benedict's
Saturday, March 4 | 7PM | All Ages | Free

Adam Herman fronts this Iron Range roots-rock band, who are releasing their second album, St. John's Dance. We caught up with the band and found out what they've been up to since their last visit when members joined us in the studio on March 3, 2017. They had a CD release show the next night at Pizza Luce in Duluth.


This Cloquet native, now based in Boston, joined us in the studio on March 3, 2017 to chat and play tunes from his new EP, In the Belly of the Feast. The EP brings back songs that were written during Kallestad's time with local trio Saint Anyway, but put away once the band split. He performed the same night at Sir Benedicts Tavern in Duluth.


This melodic Duluth power trio joined us for an interview and performance on the Local on March 1, 2017. They had a release show for their new 7" EP, Traffic, on March 3, 2017 at the Red Herring in Duluth.

The Basement, student run radio, is proud to present PROF's Time Bomb Tour with special guests Finding Novyon, Metasota, and Willie Wonka Clay, at Clyde Iron Works. 

The Basement Best Bets 2/24

Feb 24, 2017

Brain Bugs, Chase Down Blue, and Bone Powers
Surf Punk/Post Punk Show for Blush's Final Fundraiser, presented by The Basement
The Rex
Friday, February 24 | 9PM | 21+ | $5

Dwynell Roland, Baby Shel, J. Plaza, Eddiedition, Dawn Lock, Sound Insight, 2G's, and Crunchy Brunch
Homegrown Music Festival Hip Hop Throwdown
The Red Herring Lounge
Friday, Feb. 24 | 8PM | All Ages | $5

The Basement is a Proud Sponsor of the Blush Fundraiser with Brain Bugs, Chase Down Blue, and Bone Powers

The Basement Best Bets 2/17

Feb 16, 2017

Brothers Burn Mountain with Fish Heads
Electric Blues/Rock and Twisty Folk
Sir Bens
Friday, Feb. 17 | 6PM | All Ages | Free

This Duluth quartet's folk/rock sound has evolved in a post-rock direction on their latest album, Red V. They joined us in the studio on February 15, 2017 for a preview of their release show at Karpele's Manuscript Museum.


While Trampled by Turtles is on hiatus, frontman Dave Simonett is releasing an album with this electric side project. Furnace, the band's second full-length, released January 27. We welcomed Simonett into the studio on January 31, 2017 to find out more about the release and his change in focus after 14 years with the hugely successful Turtles. Dead Man Winter performed an in-store the same night at Duluth's Electric Fetus and also has shows at Papa Charlie's at Lutsen on February 3 and at Pizza Luce in Duluth on February 18.

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