Music

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Christine Dean for KUMD

Laura Sellner debuted Superior Siren as a solo project in Duluth in 2012 expanding her atmospheric, eerie folk sound by adding cellist Rachel Gobin, bassist Nyssa Krause, and drummer Emma Deaner in 2015. The quartet released its first, much-anticipated self-titled debut on January 12, 2018. They joined us that afternoon to share songs from the album and talk about how the project has grown and changed.

Superior Siren

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 1/12

Jan 11, 2018
Superior Siren Facebook

 Har-Di-Har, Black Diary, and JRUNK*
Art/Pop and Indie Folk bands electrify your night with warming cinematic pop
Red Herring
Thursday, January 11 | 9 PM | $5 | 21+

Granddad, Mint Vintage, and Cave Light*
Punk, Alt/Rock, and Indie Rock Bands light up the night for your own kick-butt, music craving self

G. Love Interview

Jan 10, 2018
Man on stage sitting on a stool playing guitar
Christine Dean for KUMD

Philadelphia native (now based in Boston) G. Love came to Duluth for a solo show on January 9, 2018 for the opening night of Duluth's newest venue, Sound. Teague Alexy opened the night, then G. Love played two sets to a full house; the first set had a bluesier feel, and he paid tribute to two of his musical idols, Bob Dylan and John Hammond. 

Man sitting on a stool playing guitar and singing into a microphone and woman standing playing accordian
Christine Dean for KUMD

We had a great session with this duo, which features Wisconsin native Jason Dae West and Arizona native Aurelia Anne Cohen, on January 5, 2018. Both were wanderers before they had a child and settled down in their current home in small-town Oregon; West traveled the country, sometimes hopping trains, and Cohen was (and still is) a circus performer. The two, who describe their sound as "original Western folk music," still tour regularly and have released four albums.

Every year, on the last Backyard Almanac of December, Larry Weber makes a request that has nothing to do phenology or the natural world: he just wants to hear John McCutcheon's song, "Christmas in the Trenches."  So we decided to make some additional information about the song - and the story behind it - clickable for other fans.

If you're curious about Larry's perennial Christmas favorite, "Christmas in the Trenches" by John McCutcheon, here's a link to a YouTube video of the song.  It was a "project for Mr. Cutler's grade 6 class."

Holiday Programming

Dec 21, 2017
M. Jenson

Two men standing playing guitar and singing into microphones
Christine Dean for KUMD

 

This Brooklyn-based indie pop/rock performer recently released a new album, Flickering Light. We found out more about it and heard some tunes when he joined us in the studio on December 22, 2017.

 Benjamin Cartel  

Man sitting on a stool playing guitar and singing into a microphone
Christine Dean for KUMD

Listen to our session with this Wisconsin native, formerly of Hugh Bob and the Hustle, who recently released a solo EP, Lost + Found. After moving to Nashville to explore more music opportunities, the singer/songwriter has had the chance to tour with Nikki Lane, Margo Price, and other Nashville-based performers. He joined us in the studio on December 18, 2017.

Hugh Masterson

Four men and one woman standing in front of shelves of CDs
Christine Dean for KUMD

We were excited to host this all-star lineup of string musicians in our studios on December 15, 2017.  They were in town for what was billed as a "String Summit" at Duluth's newest venue, Sound.

Man playing banjo and a woman playing guitar
Christine Dean for KUMD

Husband-and-wife duo Kristoffer and Abby Jo Robin make up this Americana folk/grass group. Originally from Mankato, the pair traveled around the country as glass artists at Renaissance Fairs before making Duluth their home base for most of the year while still spending a few months at festivals in North Carolina and Arizona. We welcomed them back to the studio on December 15, 2017 to talk about their new album, Son of the Machine, and share some tunes.

Mama's Stolen Horses

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 12/15

Dec 14, 2017
The Playlist

 Red Mountain, A Band Called Truman, Steve Sola, and Elephant Hotel
Pop-Folk, Rock, and Folk/Blues/Grunge bands will take the night away. You'll be begging for more by the end of this one
Red Herring
Friday, December 15 | 9 PM | $10 | 21+ 

 

Darren Sipity, Jaygee, C-Silence, Taylor French, Intelligent Design, Kid Automatic, and OKNICE*
Holy Hip-Hop! Big lineup. All throwing down in The Red Herring's Red Room
Red Herring Red Room
Friday, December 15 | 9 PM | $10 | 21+

Four kids standing in front of a wall of CDs
Christine Dean for KUMD

If you've seen the Mahtowah, Minnesota country gospel band the Holy Hootenanners, you know they sometimes bring their kids onstage to contribute to a tune or two. Now some of those offspring, ranging in age from 11 to 14, have formed their own group and recently recorded an album with Rich Mattson at Sparta Sound. They have a release show for that disc, American Hippie, on Saturday, December 16 at Beaner's Central in Duluth and joined us in the studio on December 14, 2017 for a preview.

Maija Jenson

Storytelling and music come together in "The Mixtape Project 2" from Minnesota artist, photographer, filmmaker and community organizer Daniel Oyinloye. Oyinloye has spent 2017 working with boys at Duluth's Woodland Hills Youth and Family Services residential program, producing hip-hop, a creative avenue for introspection and personal growth. 

Woman playing a djembe and singing into a microphone, man playing a dulcimer and singing into a microphone
Christine Dean for KUMD

Listen to our session with Minnesota native and co-founder of the Jayhawks Olson, who returned to our studios with his wife and musical partner Ringvold (a native of Norway) on December 13, 2017.We talked about the making of their latest album, Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun, which they recorded at their home in Joshua Tree. We also heard about their time in Albania, where Ringvold learned to play a folk instrument called the qanon, which plays an important part on the new disc.

 

12/12 Live From Studio A: Eira

Dec 12, 2017
Eira
Christine Dean for KUMD

Fiddler Liesel Wilson of the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua Orchestra joins Sue Spencer and Jim Ofsthun of Celtic bands Willowgreen and McGinnis' Kitchen in this group that performs music from around the world. Last year the trio put out a holiday album,Glen Tidings; this year they'll be performing a holiday show on Thursday, December 14 at 7:30pm at Duluth's Peace United Church of Christ. They'll bring some holiday cheer to our studios and give us a preview of that show on Tuesday, December 12 at 1pm.

 Eira

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