Music

Local radio theater drama "Take It With You," celebrates Halloween with murder!  From the end of last season we pick up the story where Cherry is found murdered.  Then what? Tune in to KUMD Saturday night at 10 for this one-hour griping tale from the (haunted according to some) tavern of Take it With You. 

The next live show will be performed and recorded on Tuesday October 18 at 7:30 pm at The Underground in Duluth.

Take it With You

This young Twin Cities alternative pop vocalist got her first chance to record when a local producer came into the Subway where she worked and asked her co-worker if they knew anyone who could sing. They suggested Taylor, at the time a high school student, who had performed in musicals at Apple Valley High School.

Taylor has since recorded two albums with and gained performing experience while also attending college. We'll find out more when she joins us in the studio on Thursday, October 6 at 2pm. She has a show the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

KUMD Album Review: Kaleo

Oct 5, 2016

Kaleo | A/B

Icelandic-American quartet Kaleo first emerged onto the music scene in 2012 when they performed at the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. From there, native radio stations started playing their Icelandic hit “Vor í Vaglaskógi” which gained them success overseas. However, the band achieved even more success in the U.S. with their single “All the Pretty Girls” when it was featured on Spotify in 2014.

Local singer/songwriter Sara Thomsen will join us on September 29, 2016 along with baritone Elias Mokole and hip-hop musician Daniel Oyinloye to give us a taste of what to expect at an upcoming event to benefit Duluth's Sister Cities Program. Encounters of the Musical Kind happens Saturday, October 1 at the Mitchell Auditorium at St. Scholastica and will feature unexpected collaborations blending musical genres. Thomsen has traveled to Duluth's newest sister city, Rania, which is in the Kurdish area of Iraq, and performed with members of her Echoes of Peace Choir.


KUMD Album Review: Frank Ocean

Sep 28, 2016

Frank Ocean | Blonde

Four years, one month and ten days, that’s how long it took for Frank Ocean to ride back in on his melodic wave. The channel widened and the color orange gave way to the golden tresses that form Blonde, Frank Ocean’s long-awaited sophomore album.

After traveling the world, Americana singer/songwriter John Adler has settled in the Hayward, Wisconsin area. 

He's been performing in Northern Wisconsin and Duluth as Sonofmel (a nod to his dad and a throwback to the days when children carried the names of their parents) and has his first full-length albumin the works. Adler joined us in the studio on September 23, 2016 in advance of his performance the same night as part of Beaner's One Week Live.


This local singer/songwriter and spiritual seeker is releasing her second album in a year, titled Birdiecrat. Join the Revolution and reflecting her support for Bernie Sanders' progressive movement. The new disc was recorded at Rich Mattson's Sparta Sound Studio and features Mattson, Marc Gartman, and Bryce Kastning as her backing band. Kristy joins us on the Local on Wednesday, September 21 at 5pm for a session; she has a CD release show at the Red Herring Lounge the same night.

  

Parr hosted a night of American Primitive guitar at the Red Herring featuring guitarists Matt Sowell, a Philadelphia native now living in Minneapolis, and Michael Wohl from Seattle. We heard some great guitar talk and live tunes on September 20, 2016 when the trio joined us in the studio. 


Minneapolis Skyline
Adam Fleischhacker

In its third year, Trampled by Turtles’ Festival Palomino brought together a collection of beloved musicians this Saturday under the shadow of the Minneapolis Skyline. The Arcs with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Illinois’ multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird, British folk rocker Jake Bugg, and acclaimed groups Elephant Revival and Frightened Rabbit were among the top-billed artists. The festival featured a wide variety of Duluth influence as well, with Erik Berry Duo and Murder of Crows, both bands featuring members of the acclaimed Duluth legends, Low. Devil’s Flying Machine, featuring Charlie Parr, also contributed to this rich collection of bluegrass, folk, americana, and rock standouts.

The winner of last year's Beaner's Singer/Songwriter competition, Tischer performs her original material on looped guitar, keyboard, and banjo ukulele at venues around Duluth.

She used her prize of studio time to record her new EP, The Darling Collection. She also fronts irreverent local rock band Kitschy Gloomy, with cheeky tunes like "I'm on a Special Diet, It's Called Beer." She joined us in the studio on September 19, 2016.


We were happy to welcome Cunningham back to our studios, where he's appeared many times with his duo Storyhill and with Justin Roth. 

The Bozeman, Montana-based indie folk singer/songwriter's latest release is a solo EP called If You Knew All Along. Cunningham says he likely wouldn't have released the project without the encouragement of his friend Kirkpatrick, a Nashville-based artist who's currently touring with him. 

 The two joined us in the studio on September 9, 2016 after performing the previous night at Beaner's Central in Duluth.


It's been a whirlwind year for this Duluth native, who's been touring steadily and working on her latest, Catie Curtis-produced, album, Rabbit in the Road, her first since 2011.   

Along the way Kilgour won the 2015 NewSong Music Contest, which led to performances at the Sundance Film Festival and at New York City's Lincoln Center. The new material reflects the heartbreak, resilience, and new beginnings that Kilgour's experienced since her 2014 divorce. She joined us live in the studio on September 5, 2016 in advance of her CD release show on September 11 at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth.

This Florida singer/songwriter's music has evolved from rootsy folk to a more rock sound in the past few years. 

She and her band joined us in the studio on August 30, 2016, fresh from performing at the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival the weekend before and at Lutsen on Monday, August 29.

This Minneapolis 6-piece released their first full-length, Thaumatrope last year with a sound they describe as cinematic, aggressive folk. 

They joined us live in the studio on August 26, 2016 and performed the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

This multi-instrumental Americana duo made up of Kristoffer and Abby Jo Robin got its start in Mankato a decade ago before hitting the road as glass artists on the Renaissance Fair circuit. They recently settled in Duluth, playing their first Homegrown Music Festival this year. We welcomed them to the studio on  August 9, 2016, prior to their performance at Chester Bowl.

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