Music

5/2 Live From Studio A: The Fontanelles

Apr 23, 2018

 Duluth native Dave Mehling has busied himself with several projects since moving to the Twin Cities, including the band Portage, his duo MR DR, and performing in Gaelynn Lea's band. It's been three years since he's put out an album with his indie rock band the Fontanelles, but two singles released earlier this year may be a sign of more to come. We found out when they joined us in the studio on May 2. They performed the same night at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth.

5/1 Live From Studio A: The Old Smugglers

Apr 23, 2018

Superior native Erik Pearson is best known for his work as an artist (you may have seen his murals at the Red Mug Coffee Shop and the Spirit Room) but he's always kept music as a sideline. His most recent project is this duo that includes fellow Wisconsinite Joshua Murray; they recently released album number three, Hard Pan to Chaos. In last year's Homegrown blog we described their sound as, "Tom-Waits-meets-sea-shanties," but you can judge for yourself when you listen to their performance from our studios on Tuesday, May 1.

5/1 Live From Studio A: Boreal Forest

Apr 23, 2018

These Minneapolis transplants have been making dream pop/rock with synths and guitars since 2015. They released a debut album, Terraform, in 2017. They performed a Homegrown set at Blush on May 4; we got a preview when they joined us in the studio on May 1.

Boreal Forest

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival

Back in 2016, when they were still known as Medical Underground, these local alternative indie rockers were voted by users of local blog, Perfect Duluth Day, to be the band that "won" Homegrown that year. After a name change, the band got to work on its first album, Paradise, which was released on April 20. They performed tunes from that album and we found out what they had planned for this year's Homegrown show when they joined us in the studio on April 30.

Nudecolors 

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 4/20

Apr 20, 2018

The Nokturnal North, Mint Vintage, and Boreal Forest*
Indie for Earth Day! Up and Coming Indie Rock bands shred it up for Mother Earth
Red Herring
Thursday, April 19 | 8 PM | $10 | 18+

DJ BANKE, SHORTLEG DJ, DJ K-LITTLE, DJ NODEH, & DJ CHALLOFR3SH*
Culture Clash II: DJ Calvin alongside some of Minneapolis finest DJs and entertainers will be taking over Duluth city for a weekend of good vibes,loud music, diverse crowds and lit energy
Red Herring
Friday, April 20 | 9:30 PM | $10 | 18+

4/20 Live From Studio A: Johnny O'Brien

Apr 19, 2018

This Minneapolis singer/songwriter returned to our studios April 20. He gave us a preview of his latest album, due out in June. He had a show at Beaner's Central later that night.

Johnny O'Brien

Beaner's Central

KUMD Album Review: Revamp and Restoration

Apr 19, 2018

Various Artists -Revamp: The Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin | Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 4/13

Apr 12, 2018

KUMD Proudly Sponsors: Nudecolors, The Latelys, Blake Thomas, and Jacob Mahon*
One Week Live Vol. 16 CD Release! Genres include: Alternative Indie, R&B/Soul, Folk/Country, and Singer Songwriter. As a bonus: The $7 entry includes FREE One Week Live Vol. 16 CD!
Beaner's Central
Friday, April 13 | 6 PM | $7 | All Ages

Prince Paul & The Conscious Party*
Reggae music sung well and sung right
SOUND: Duluth
Friday, April 13 | 9 PM | $10 | 18+

KUMD Album Review: Flatbush Zombies

Apr 11, 2018

Flatbush Zombies | Vacation in Hell

Wyclef Jean

KUMD hosts, Vicki and Dave share their interview with international superstar, Wyclef Jean on "Caribbean Roots." Wyclef is bringing his Carnival Tour to Minnesota on Friday April 13, playing at The Pourhouse in downtown Minneapolis.​ Caribbean Roots is KUMD's reggae show bringing the island sound to you every Sunday  11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on KUMD.

4/9 Live From Studio A: Jason Vieaux

Apr 5, 2018

This renowned, Grammy-winning classical guitarist joined us in the studio on April 9. Vieaux, whose repertoire spans classical and contemporary music from around the world, has been described by NPR as "...perhaps the most precises and soulful classical guitarist of his generation." He performed a solo recital, presented by Matinee Musicale, on April 10 at Duluth's Pilgrim Congregational Church.

Jason Vieaux

Matinee Musicale

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 4/6

Apr 5, 2018
Pablo Baxter

Jon Wayne & The Pain with Woodblind
Reggae and Acoustic Ska Duo. The popular Minneapolis band travels north to play with local favorites Woodblind for one heck of a night
SOUND
Friday, April 6 | 9 PM | $15 | 21+

KUMD Album Review: Nat Harvie Trio

Apr 4, 2018

Nat Harvie Trio | Broken Record

Nat Harvie and the two other members of their trio, Sam Williams and Becca DeBoer, have crafted one of the most entertaining debuts by any Minnesota artists recently.

Woman and man standing at the front of a church balcony singing
Stevie Twining for KUMD

It pays to live in Low's home town. On Friday, March 30 locals were lucky enough to experience the band performing a work originally commissioned for the Organ Reframed festival at London's Union Chapel back in October and only performed twice since, in Amsterdam and at SXSW. Duluth's Sacred Heart Music Center, with its renowned Felgemaker organ, served as the perfect venue for this special show, the seats turned to face the balcony. The performance was a benefit for the Friends of the Felgemaker and Churches United in Ministry.

Dylan and the Dead Return on KUMD

Apr 2, 2018

Duluth, MN – KUMD 103.3 FM's legendary Highway 61 Revisited, a show dedicated to Bob Dylan’s music, will return this Saturday at 5pm with a new host, DJ Miriam. The show was hosted for the past 25 years by its founder, Dylan expert John Bushey, who passed away in February. 

"John was inspired to pass the torch and he shared his wishes with us. 

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