Music

The Basement's Best Bets

Feb 3, 2017

Paper Parlor with The Charles Walker Band
Psychedelic/Blues/Fusion 
The Blind Pig
Friday, February 3 | 9 PM | All Ages | $5 at door

Koo Koo Kanga Roo with McNasty Brass Band and James G
Dance/Electric Comedy Duo
The Red Herring Lounge
Saturday, February 4 | 5:30 PM | All ages | $10 online or at door

KUMD Album Review: Heat

Feb 1, 2017
Heat

Overnight is an experiment with the minimalism rock was once synonymous with. Heat, a Montreal based rock band, has made their effort at bringing it back. 

While Trampled by Turtles is on hiatus, frontman Dave Simonett is releasing an album with this electric side project. Furnace, the band's second full-length, released January 27. We welcomed Simonett into the studio on January 31, 2017 to find out more about the release and his change in focus after 14 years with the hugely successful Turtles. Dead Man Winter performed an in-store the same night at Duluth's Electric Fetus and also has shows at Papa Charlie's at Lutsen on February 3 and at Pizza Luce in Duluth on February 18.

This bluegrass/Americana four-piece is the latest project for Minneapolis musician Drew Peterson. Together for 6 years, the band plans to release its second album early this year. We welcomed them to our studios for the first time on January 27, 2017 . They performed the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

KUMD Album Review: Landlady

Jan 25, 2017
Landlady

Landlady, a self-proclaimed experimental band, has coined their music as “adventure pop.” 

KUMD Album Review: Slow Hollows

Jan 18, 2017

L.A. based Slow Hollows formed in 2013, but don’t start putting boxes around this indie rock band. 

Kat Fox on the Local

Jan 13, 2017

Local musician Kat Fox joined Marv in the Mix on January 11, 2017 to talk about her upcoming Snatch Back tour, featuring a group of female musicians who will play a series of shows on their way to the Women's March on Washington. Local artists DJ Nola and Aurora Baer are also part of the lineup. The tour kicks off at the Barrel Room in Fitger's on Sunday, January 15 at 8pm.

KUMD Album Review: David Dondero

Jan 11, 2017
David Dondero

David Dondero | Inside the Cat's Eye

A jack of all trades from bartending to carpentry, David Dondero deals out another sound release as a musician. Released after the New Year, Inside the Cat’s Eyes is a ten track album that at times seems to flow like a short story.

Man sitting on a stool playing an acoustic guitar in front of a wall of CDs
Christine Dean for KUMD

Although he's relatively unknown outside of indie music circles, this Duluth native has been cited as an influence by Conor Oberst and listed as one of the 10 best living songwriters by NPR. He joined us in the studio on January 11, 2017 to share songs from his 9th and latest studio album, Inside the Cat's Eye. We talked about his childhood in Duluth and the many places he's lived since, including a recent year spent working on a marijuana farm in California, and about the making of the new album.

KUMD Album Review: Ab-Soul

Jan 4, 2017
Ab-Soul

Ab-Soul | Do What Thou Wilt

Carson, California, rapper, Ab-Soul has long been known for embracing all parts of his consciousness. Now he’s back. 

While Trampled by Turtles takes a break, mandolinist Erik Berry has been working on his own projects, including this Grateful Dead-based duo that teams him with Marc Gartman of Glitteratti, Coyote, and various other Duluth bands. They joined us in the studio on January 4, 2017, to talk about their mutual love for the Dead and how they've approached the project, with each performance recreating the entire set list for a particular Grateful Dead show. We found out how they pick which shows to do and how they face the challenge of adapting full-band tunes to just guitar and mandolin.  The two were kicking off a Wednesday night residency at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth for the month of January.

KUMD Album Review: J. Cole

Dec 28, 2016

Fayetteville rapper and Dreamville Records founder, J. Cole tells a powerful story on his newest album, 4 Your Eyez Only. The album differs from Cole's previous releases– The Sideline Story, Born Sinner and 2014 Forest Hills Drive– but make no mistake; this is J. Cole at his finest. 

4 Your Eyez Only showcases the life and the legacy of Cole’s childhood friend, James McMillan Jr. — Wanna be rapper gone drug dealer — who serves as a symbol for the struggles faced by black America.

Bob Dylan Painting
Erin Welch

Saturday on Highway 61 Revisited we share a special holiday show.  As always host John Bushey shares rare  and unknown cuts, none so dear as when Bob Dylan reads "A Visit from St. Nicholas," better known as "Twas the Night Before Christmas" first published in 1823. 

Leader of legendary Duluth indie rockers Giljunko and founder of local lo-fi label Shaky Ray Records, Mark Lindquist formed Little Black Books as a band around 2005. He's since moved a few hours west of the Twin Ports, where he continues to record solo as Little Black Books in his home studio; he releases an annual Christmas single and recently put out an EP. We caught up with Lindquist and heard some of his holiday tunes when he joined us in the studio on December 22, 2016. 

KUMD Album Review: Dr. Dog

Dec 21, 2016
Dr. Dog

This has become a year that won’t be forgotten. For whatever reason someone felt personally victimized by 2016, one thing is for sure, countless influential and inspiring music releases have been a saving grace. Dr. Dog adds themselves to that list with the release of their second album this year, Abandoned Mansion.

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