Local Music

This multi-instrumental Americana duo made up of Kristoffer and Abby Jo Robin got its start in Mankato a decade ago before hitting the road as glass artists on the Renaissance Fair circuit. They recently settled in Duluth, playing their first Homegrown Music Festival this year. We welcomed them to the studio on  August 9, 2016, prior to their performance at Chester Bowl.

According to  front-man Marc Gartman, Fever Dream has run it's course.  A man of many projects, Gartman joined us on The Local to talk about why he's hanging up the keyboard and dashiki with his last show at the Red Herring happening  Wednesday, July 27.  

With three recordings from this off-beat dance group, Gartman talks about moving forward, writing songs and enjoying another project, Glitterati.  Listen here for chatter about the bygone era of local group Fever Dream, what's next for Gartman plus tunes from the catalog.

 

As this Duluth four-piece's lineup has evolved through the years, so has their sound, from indie folk-rock to more progressive and guitar heavy.

Original members guitarist/lead vocalist Kirdan Wenger and bassist Wilson Johnson are now joined by Moriah Skye on guitar and Chad Hoffland on drums. The band recently won the regional round of the Hard Rock Cafe's Hard Rock Rising competition and will be moving to the next round. They joined us in the studio on June 17, 2016 before their show the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

6/9 Live From Studio A: Pizzaghost

Jun 9, 2016

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.

Drummer Brad Nelson (also of the Blackeyed Snakes) and singer/songwriter/guitarist Jamie Ness team up in this local rootsy rock project that's released two albums so far, including last year's Antidote.

They've been regular participants in Duluth Dylan Festival events, and this year they contribute a version of "Maggie's Farm" to the latest Duluth Does Dylan CD. They joined us in the studio on May 23, 2016 in advance of their performance the following night as part of the Bringing it All Back to Duluth Does Dylan CD release show happening at the Rex in Duluth at 7:30pm.

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival: Day 8

May 9, 2016
Max Macgruder

Bloody Marys and artisanal beers at Canal Park Brewing proved it didn’t have to be 5 o’clock anywhere to cheers the final day of the 18th Annual Duluth Homegrown Music Festival; it was Sunday after all.  A bustling crowd enjoyed the sunshine and patio whle mid-day sets ran the gamut from Red Pine’s singer-songwriter folk to keys-laden rock from Tallulah.  A scissors appeared at the venue, severing the rainbow of wristbands that had been adorning arms since last Sunday.  Walt Dizzo, longtime Homegrown Director, was there to oversee the last show of his tenure before passing the post to new D

Listen to our session with this local artist from May 9, 2016. After releasing her 2011 album Saturn Returns, Heckman took a break from music to focus on marriage and motherhood until she began to feel the pull to create music again.  

The result is her new album, Wanderess, which she describes as "a dreamy electronica project." She swung through our studios in advance of her show at the Red Herring later that week.

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival: Day 7

May 8, 2016
Max Macgruder

After rocking out with Retribution Gospel Choir until nearly 2am, Rock 'n' Run organizer Alan Sparhawk still managed to lead a small but hardy group of runners (including former Mayor Don Ness) through the trails of Chester Bowl at 11am as a precursor to the Homegrown Kickball Classic. Cheap beer and happy dogs were the unofficial mascots of the game, where according to Rick McLean, the "Fridays" were playing the "Saturdays," in the rare match where both squads were the home team.

 

Allen Cragin and Ryan Rusch
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The core of this experimental, atmospheric rock band is Superior native Allen Cragin and Ryan Rusch, owner of the Weight Room studio in Washburn, Wisconsin. That's where the duo recorded their self-titled EP, with Rusch on piano, vocals, organ and vibes and Cragin handling guitar, vocals, and bass. For their rare live performances, including their Homegrown set the same night at the Rex, they bring in a full band; they'll join us in the studio on Friday, May 6 at 2:30pm.

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival: Day 5

May 6, 2016
Max Macgruder

Soup Town Thursday truly made the Homegrown Music Festival a party for the entire Twin Ports as the center of the mayhem shifted to Superior.
 

First, though, the annual unofficial Homegrown SoupB4Supe afternoon gathering at 2104 in Duluth brought together soup aficionados and music fans alike, with a soup potluck and performances from Sarah Krueger (who’s not on the official schedule this year) and others.

HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD.
Emma Rustan is a visual artist with who only recently realized her dream of becoming a performing musician.

In her short time on the local scene she's made a strong impression with her solo performances of original tunes featuring her distinctive voice accompanied by simple keyboard lines, loops, and effects. She joined us in the studio on May 5, 2016 to preview her performance at the Homegrown Music Festival.

Low
Adam Fleischhacker

HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD.
Since we last had Low in our studio, they've released an album, Ones and Sixes, and toured the world, including a first-ever visit to China. We caught up with them and got a preview of their Homegrown show at Clyde Iron Works the same night May 4, 2016.

HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD.
Singer/songwriter Laura Sellner has performed as Superior Siren since 2012; in 2015, she added a band to flesh out her indie folk sound. Citing Mason Jennings as a major influence, Sellner often performs an a cappella version of his song "Duluth" in her set. Sellner has released and EP of original songs and is currently working on a debut full-length with the band. She and the band joined us in the studio on Wednesday, May 4th at 6:15pm during a special, two-hour Homegrown edition of the Local. They perform at the Homegrown Music Festival on Saturday, May 7 at Spurs on First.

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival: Day 1

May 2, 2016

   Uff da!  Homegrown 2016 is in full swing, and the first day didn't disappoint. This year’s festival got off to a low-key afternoon start with the first-ever Children’s Music Showcase at the Red Herring Lounge featuring Bloody Marys for the parents downstairs and music, dancing, face painting, and sidewalk chalk for the kids upstairs.

The Lowest Pair
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KUMD is excited to kick off our first ever monthly concert series at The Red Herring Lounge on Saturday April 30, celebrating The Lowest Pair's dual album release featuring Gaelynn Lea!

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