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This charming local duo features accordion player Suzi Ludwig of Father Hennepin and guitarist Jimi Cooper of the Fractals harmonizing on quirky tunes about outhouses and hoppy beer. They'll release their first album on Friday, April 28 with a show at Beaner's Central in Duluth; we'll give you a preview that afternoon at 2pm when they join us in the studio.

The Basement's Best Bets 4/28

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Paper Parlor

Paper Parlor, Abe Curran & the Blue Rooster, Boreal Forest, and The Latelys
Part of Homegrown: the Psychedelic/Blues/Fusion, Rock/New Folk, and Alternative/Electric Rock bands join forces for a never ending night of frivolous adventure
The Blind Pig
Sunday, April 30th | 7:15 PM | 21+ | Free

KUMD Album Review: Kendrick Lamar

Apr 26, 2017

Kendrick Lamar | DAMN.

Rapper and wordsmith, Kendrick Lamar graces the radio waves once again with his fourth studio album DAMN. After To Pimp a Butterfly’s Earth shattering success, Kendrick’s fan base can let out a breath of relief knowing the prolific writer’s pen has barely scratched the surface of his genius.

The Basement's Best Bets 4/21

Apr 20, 2017
Black River Revue

Alan Sparhawk, Rick McLean, Gin Street, and Enter/Void
Northern Isolation III's fundraiser is certain to be a banger. The Folk Rock, Folk Punk, Post Punk, and Doom/Black Metal bands are determined to show you a good time
The Blind Pig
Friday, April 21st |10:00 PM | 18+ | $7

KUMD Album Review: Pile

Apr 19, 2017
Pile

Pile | A Hairshirt of Purpose

Pile, born in Boston straight from the mind of frontman Rick Maguire, has garnered some attention as one of the city’s newest indie rock bands on the rise. Their fifth release, A Hairshirt of Purpose, is the band’s first attempt at a cohesive album. Unlike the compilation of disjointed hits that made up previous attempts, Pile’s latest has a thin narrative shackling the songs together.

The Basement Best Bets 4/13

Apr 13, 2017
Night Moves

Night Moves, Carnage the Executioner, Non Fic, and The Crunchy Bunch
Common Apparel's Grand Opening After Party features music fit for a good time. Rock, Hip Hop, and Dance music will be played for a night to remember
The Red Herring
Saturday, April 15th | 7:00 PM | 21+ | $15

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.

KUMD Album Review: Sorority Noise

Apr 12, 2017
Sorority Noise

Is emo, anthem rock still a thing? After this past year anything is possible, so why not make 2017 stand in as the new 2007? Sorority Noise comes back swinging with You’re Not As _____ As You Think, their latest release since their 2015 EP It Kindly Stopped for Me.

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.

The Basement Best Bets 4/7

Apr 7, 2017
Jason Rosewarne

Mr. Kickass, Average Mammals, and WDNY
Part of The Homegrown Iron Range Invasion, local lovelies Mr. Kickass and Average Mammals drive out to Virginia, MN to play Rock/Punk/Alternative with WDNY. Well worth the drive
Pauly G's
Friday, April 7th | 8:30 PM | 21+ | Free

KUMD Album Review: The Chinchees

Apr 5, 2017
The Chinchees

The Chinchees | The Chinchees

In a world of countless alt-rock bands, many struggle to find their own space and create a unique sound. The Chinchees make their first attempt, a somewhat successful one, in their first self-titled album, The Chinchees. The Chinchees represents a flawed, but potent attempt, one that might not achieve all its goals, but still spurs on interest for the band’s future.

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.


The Basement Best Bets 3/31

Mar 31, 2017
Facebook // The Dames

Kat Fox, The Farsights, Paper Parlor, Chasm of Czar, and The Trash Cats
Kat's Pajama Party with great Local Rock Bands and an even better Cat Theme
R.T. Quinlan's
Friday, March 31 | 9PM | 21+ | Free if You Come in Pajamas! or $5

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.

KUMD Album Review: The Shins

Mar 29, 2017
The Shins

Self-produced and recorded, James Mercer debuts his first album as the sole proprietor of The Shins. Purging the other band members in 2008 due to creative circumstance propelled Mercer to grudgingly throw himself into the limelight for Heartworms.

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