Music

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

KUMD Album Review: Dead Man Winter

Feb 15, 2017
Dead Man Winter

Trampled by Turtles may be on hiatus, but frontman Dave Simonett is here to see Duluthians through the winter with his latest release Furnace.

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.


Haley Bonar
Graham Tolbert Photography

We're happy to welcome this indie pop/rock performer (and former Duluthian) back to our studios for a solo set on Tuesday, February 14 at 2pm. We'll find out more about her latest release, Impossible Dream, which garnered critical acclaim and took her on tour around the country and to Europe. She performs the same night at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth.

The Basement Best Bets 2/10

Feb 9, 2017

Medical Underground, As We Are, Fight For The Weekend, and Of Brighter Skies
Alternative/Rock/Pop Punk
Beaner's Central Coffeehouse
Friday, Feb. 10 | 7PM  | All Ages | $5 at door

Kate Gruba, Aimee Tischer, Abe Curran & The Blue Rooster, and Gavin St. Clair
Indie/Singer/Songwriter
The Red Herring Lounge
Friday, Feb. 10 | 9PM | 18+ | $5 at door

KUMD Album Review: Run the Jewels

Feb 8, 2017
Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels | Run the Jewels 3

Run The Jewels 3 — The third release in a simultaneously fresh, yet familiar series begins with a song titled, “Down,” in which Killer Mike raps, “I hope with the highest of hopes that I never have to go back to the trap and my days of dealing with dope”. This song speaks to the magnitude of success that Run The Jewels has had since releasing Run The Jewels in 2013 and Run The Jewels 2 in 2014.

The Basement's Best Bets

Feb 3, 2017

Paper Parlor with The Charles Walker Band
Psychedelic/Blues/Fusion 
The Blind Pig
Friday, February 3 | 9 PM | All Ages | $5 at door

Koo Koo Kanga Roo with McNasty Brass Band and James G
Dance/Electric Comedy Duo
The Red Herring Lounge
Saturday, February 4 | 5:30 PM | All ages | $10 online or at door

KUMD Album Review: Heat

Feb 1, 2017
Heat

Overnight is an experiment with the minimalism rock was once synonymous with. Heat, a Montreal based rock band, has made their effort at bringing it back. 

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.

KUMD Album Review: Landlady

Jan 25, 2017
Landlady

Landlady, a self-proclaimed experimental band, has coined their music as “adventure pop.” 

KUMD Album Review: Slow Hollows

Jan 18, 2017

L.A. based Slow Hollows formed in 2013, but don’t start putting boxes around this indie rock band. 

Kat Fox on the Local

Jan 13, 2017

Local musician Kat Fox joined Marv in the Mix on January 11, 2017 to talk about her upcoming Snatch Back tour, featuring a group of female musicians who will play a series of shows on their way to the Women's March on Washington. Local artists DJ Nola and Aurora Baer are also part of the lineup. The tour kicks off at the Barrel Room in Fitger's on Sunday, January 15 at 8pm.

KUMD Album Review: David Dondero

Jan 11, 2017
David Dondero

David Dondero | Inside the Cat's Eye

A jack of all trades from bartending to carpentry, David Dondero deals out another sound release as a musician. Released after the New Year, Inside the Cat’s Eyes is a ten track album that at times seems to flow like a short story.

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.

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