Live Music

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.

This bluegrass/Americana four-piece is the latest project for Minneapolis musician Drew Peterson. Together for 6 years, the band plans to release its second album early this year. We welcomed them to our studios for the first time on January 27, 2017 . They performed the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

Man sitting on a stool playing an acoustic guitar in front of a wall of CDs
Christine Dean for KUMD

Although he's relatively unknown outside of indie music circles, this Duluth native has been cited as an influence by Conor Oberst and listed as one of the 10 best living songwriters by NPR. He joined us in the studio on January 11, 2017 to share songs from his 9th and latest studio album, Inside the Cat's Eye. We talked about his childhood in Duluth and the many places he's lived since, including a recent year spent working on a marijuana farm in California, and about the making of the new album.

While Trampled by Turtles takes a break, mandolinist Erik Berry has been working on his own projects, including this Grateful Dead-based duo that teams him with Marc Gartman of Glitteratti, Coyote, and various other Duluth bands. They joined us in the studio on January 4, 2017, to talk about their mutual love for the Dead and how they've approached the project, with each performance recreating the entire set list for a particular Grateful Dead show. We found out how they pick which shows to do and how they face the challenge of adapting full-band tunes to just guitar and mandolin.  The two were kicking off a Wednesday night residency at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth for the month of January.

Leader of legendary Duluth indie rockers Giljunko and founder of local lo-fi label Shaky Ray Records, Mark Lindquist formed Little Black Books as a band around 2005. He's since moved a few hours west of the Twin Ports, where he continues to record solo as Little Black Books in his home studio; he releases an annual Christmas single and recently put out an EP. We caught up with Lindquist and heard some of his holiday tunes when he joined us in the studio on December 22, 2016. 

This eclectic band features members of Minneapolis music collective Kriyative Emblems of a Blue Soul Renaissance. Trained in jazz and blues, members also experiment with hip-hop, soul, and Afrobeat. They joined us in the studio on December 16, 2016 for a preview of their show at Duluth's Red Herring Lounge the same night.

This folk/pop singer/songwriter was a regular performer at local coffee houses and in the Homegrown Music Festival during her time attending UMD. Now based in St. Paul, she finally released her first EP on December 11, 2016. She gave us a preview on December 9, 2016 when she joins us in the studio.