Local Music

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.

When Duluth musician Gaelynn Lea joined us in Studio A on February 25, 2016, little did any of us know that the very next day she'd get the news that she'd won NPR's Tiny Desk contest. 

After 20 years of playing the violin and releasing albums with projects including Murder of Crows (with Al Sparhawk of Low), Snöbarn, and The Getarounds, Lea released her first solo album in November. All the Roads that Lead us Home features many of Lea's favorite fiddle standards re-worked with the help of a looping pedal into layered, atmospheric sonic pieces. She spoke with Christine Dean about her songwriting,  her recent decision to be more vocal on behalf of people with disabilities, and her plans to try touring for the first time.

This longtime Duluth musician, known for his work in the Brushstrokes, Three Song Sunday, and other projects, released his first solo album in 2015. 

  He's featured on the latest Beaner's Central One Week Live CD and joined us in the studio on February 18, 2016 to preview his set for the CD release shows.

12/11 Live From Studio A: Kristy Marie

Dec 11, 2015

This Duluth musician, massage therapist, and spiritual seeker joined us for a session on December 11, 2015. She shared some songs and talked about her forthcoming album, Maiden America; she describes its sound as "ethereal folk music with a story to tell."  While her previous album, 2011's Bird by Bird, was a collaboration with other songwriters, the new disc features only Kristy's original tunes brought to life with her band, the forget me nots, featuring local musicians Jim Hall and Mark Glen (Charlie Parr also makes an appearance on the album). 

After releasing attention-grabbing internet singles, this Duluth five-piece unleashed their debut album, Dark Side of the Roller Rink, on November 13. They joined us in the studio on November 12, 2015 to give us a taste of their garage-rock-meets-synth-pop sound in anticipation of their release show the following night. 


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.

Check out our session from August 18, 2015 with this band of Duluth natives who are releasing a new album of indie pop/rock the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.


Listen to our session from June 5, 2015 with the latest project from this local musician, producer, and owner of Sparta Sound Studio.  Known for his work with Ol' Yeller, the Bitter Spills, and several other projects, Mattson describes the Northstars as "Cosmic Folk." They performed a CD release show the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.
 


Homegrown Week on KUMD!
Eric Pollard of Low and Retribution Gospel Choir has been pursuing his alt-country solo project for the last few years, releasing two EPs and a full album. He recently put out a new single. He joined us for a session May 1, 2015 to preview his Homegrown Music Festival performance.


Homegrown Week on KUMD!
This eclectic band has a sound that encompasses everything from bluegrass to funk to hip-hop. Together since early 2014, Lake Monster recently released its first EP. They joined us in the studio April 29, 2015 as a preview to their Homegrown Music Festival performance. Take a listen to our session with them.


Homegrown Week on KUMD! 

The old-timey duo of Charlotte Montgomery and Kyle Ollah (formerly of Yester) busked outside of Grandma's Sports Garden during last year's Homegrown Music Festival. This year they have an official spot and a full band. Tune in for our session with them on Tuesday, April 28 at 2pm to preview their show at Prove Gallery the same night at 9.

 


Homegrown Week on KUMD!
Local artist Charlie Parr released his 14th album, Stumpjumper​, during the week of the 17th annual Duluth Homegrown Music Festival. The release marks his debut on St. Paul's Red House Records and the first time he's recorded a solo project with the support of a backing band. We asked him about this career move into new territory when he joined us Live from Studio A on April 27, 2015. 


Homegrown Week on KUMD!
Local actor and tax preparer Curran leads this laid-back, roots-rock trio. They've been performing regularly around the Twin Ports for the past few years, although they have yet to release an album. Listen to our session from April 27, 2015 in anticipation of their Thursday 11pm slot at the Tower Avenue Tavern for Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival.


Homegrown Week on KUMD!
Listen to our session with this young Duluth singer/songwriter/guitarist from April 27, 2015. A former Music Resource Center student, he plays bluesy indie rock either solo or with a drummer, and also builds hand-made string instruments. He performed the same night for the Homegrown Music Festival at 8:30 at Fitger's Brewhouse.


2/20 Live From Studio A: Space Carpet

Feb 19, 2015

  Listen to our session with Rory Isakson and Jen West of this Duluth pop-rock band from February 20 at 2pm. They released their long-awaited debut CD the same night at Beaner's Central in Duluth.
 


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