Music

According to  front-man Marc Gartman, Fever Dream has run it's course.  A man of many projects, Gartman joined us on The Local to talk about why he's hanging up the keyboard and dashiki with his last show at the Red Herring happening  Wednesday, July 27.  

With three recordings from this off-beat dance group, Gartman talks about moving forward, writing songs and enjoying another project, Glitterati.  Listen here for chatter about the bygone era of local group Fever Dream, what's next for Gartman plus tunes from the catalog.

 

KUMD is proud to partner with Eaux Claires Music Festival to send 20 listeners to the two-day event, August 12th & 13th. Be listening for your chance to win from July 25th until the 29th. 

Sign up to win tickets from KUMD to see Ann Reed, Claudia Schmidt, and Sara Thomsen at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth this Sunday July 25.  Three Minnesota folk icons will be sharing the stage for one delightful evening.Winners will be drawn Friday, July 22 at noon. The show happens Sunday evening at 6pm at Sacred Heart Music Center located at 201 W 4th St, Duluth, Minnesota 55806

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This singer/songwriter's most recent album is 2014's Blind Water Finds Blind Water, gothic tales from his native Arkansas wrapped in a rootsy blues, folk, and rock mix. Since its release, he's been touring nationally and internationally; he made a stop in Duluth July 20, 2016 for a show with Useful Jenkins and the Devil's Flying Machine. We got a preview when he joined us in the studio the same afternoon.

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Nat Harvie of Duluth band Vivielle released a solo EP on July 1, 2016.

He stopped by The Local on July 6 to share tunes from the project and spoke with host DJ TeeJay.

They talked about the EP, titled Snow is a Gift to My Fear, which was inspired by the bleakness and monotony of a Duluth winter and written during a wet, gray winter north in British Columbia, where Harvie goes to college.

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This Minneapolis Americana singer/songwriter is releasing his long-anticipated full-length debut American Dreamer on July 8.

Lee was immersed in the Minneapolis music scene at an early age, appearing onstage with the likes of Slim Dunlap of the Replacements and Curtiss A while still a teen. He later spent time in Nashville, Austin, Texas, and Los Angeles before coming back to his home state. He joined us in the studio on July 14, 2016 prior to his album release show that same night.

 

Formerly based in Nashville, this Americana duo of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler hit the road in 2015 in their 16-foot trailer and have stayed there ever since.

They joined us in the studio on July 8, 2016  to share tales from the road and tunes from their most recent release, Pieces and Pieces, released earlier this year. 
 


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July KUMD Monthly Concert

THURSDAY, JULY 14 // Red Herring Lounge
DOORS 8PM // MUSIC 9PM // Find tickets

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Be listening on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 12 and 13, to Music Through the Day and the Local for your chance to go to the show!

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These Twin Cities Americana singer/songwriters joined us on July 7, 2016.

Emerson is a rural Wisconsin native who's toured nationally and released her third album, Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down earlier this year. Morris spent time making music in Nashville before settling in Minneapolis. The two have been on the road together with what they're calling their "Highways & Heartstrings Tour." We talked about their latest albums and the challenges of balancing parenthood with playing music, and how their songwriting has changed since having kids.

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This five-piece based in Northfield, Minnesota, joined us in the studio on July 1, 2016.

We found out how they all met as professors at Carlton and St. Olaf  Colleges and how the guy with the jazz drumming degree (Daniel Groll) became the singer/guitarist and the guy with the jazz saxophone degree (Mike Fuerstein) took over drums. Andy Flory on bass,  Jason Decker guitar Louis Epstein keyboards

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Sleeping Jesus is the alter ego of Winona, Minnesota musician Nick Elstad, self-described as a "soft-spoken hopeless romantic."

We talked with Elstad about recording his first EP of melodic indie-pop, released earlier this year, on his own at his parents' house and his plans for a new recording with his full band. Elstad also shared how an obsession with Bob Dylan's music led to his own pursuit of songwriting and performing. He and his band joined us in the studio on July 1, 2016, to perform songs from the EP as well as unreleased material.

This Duluth native was the first graduate on the mandolin at Berklee College of Music in Boston (where he now teaches). A co-founder of the group Joy Kills Sorrow, he's gone on to work with bluegrass band the Gibson Brothers and folk icon Jonathan Edwards as well as releasing solo albums.

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Twin Cities soul singer Sonny Knight's first album was named I'm Still Here;  Knight says it refers to "the fact that I'm still here to do what I do is like a blessing to me." We talked with Knight, a Vietnam veteran, about his long road to releasing his first album under his own name at the age of 65-his beginnings singing music in church in Mississippi (where he grew up before moving to St. Paul), the bands he performed with on and off along the way, and the show where the owners of Secret Stash records saw him for the first time.

Kat Axtell is a North Shore native who crossed paths with Argentinian musician Julian Hernandez while studying biology in Buenos Aires. The pair began making music that blends pop, folk, and soul together, playing shows in Argentina and Uruguay.

They've just released a 6-song EP. We welcomed them to the studio on June 22, 2016; they were in the midst of their first-ever tour in the U.S.

As this Duluth four-piece's lineup has evolved through the years, so has their sound, from indie folk-rock to more progressive and guitar heavy.

Original members guitarist/lead vocalist Kirdan Wenger and bassist Wilson Johnson are now joined by Moriah Skye on guitar and Chad Hoffland on drums. The band recently won the regional round of the Hard Rock Cafe's Hard Rock Rising competition and will be moving to the next round. They joined us in the studio on June 17, 2016 before their show the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

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