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This eclectic band features members of Minneapolis music collective Kriyative Emblems of a Blue Soul Renaissance. Trained in jazz and blues, members also experiment with hip-hop, soul, and Afrobeat. They joined us in the studio on December 16, 2016 for a preview of their show at Duluth's Red Herring Lounge the same night.

KUMD Album Review: Childish Gambino

Dec 14, 2016
Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino | Awaken, My Love!

In retrospect, the signs of what was to come from the mind of Childish Gambino were all there. It was all too obvious. Yet there was no way to prepare for the bombshell that is the eleven tracks of Awaken, My Love! Not even the more soulful moments of his previous release, Kauai, are enough to explain what’s about to take place.

KUMD Album Review: Sarah Krueger

Dec 7, 2016
Sarah Krueger

Sarah Krueger | Northern Air EP

Thanksgiving has come and gone, meaning holiday music of all types is allowed to take back its musical throne throughout the month of December. Some wait all year for it, while others have learned to grin and bear their way through it. Thankfully, Sarah Krueger provides a meeting point for both types of listeners.

Low-income Duluthians took center stage at a unique candidate forum in October.  They shared their experiences and struggles with candidates for state and county offices and then asked the candidates - pointedly - for specific commitments and actions on several critical policy measures.

We'll be bringing you their stories and the reactions of the candidates to their requests in the weeks to come.

This folk/pop singer/songwriter was a regular performer at local coffee houses and in the Homegrown Music Festival during her time attending UMD. Now based in St. Paul, she finally released her first EP on December 11, 2016. She gave us a preview on December 9, 2016 when she joins us in the studio.


The Pines' David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey, joined by Ramsey's brother Alex, returned to their Iowa roots to record their latest full-length disc, Above the Prairie, an intimate Americana collection released back in February. They recently followed it up with Pasture II, the second EP in their self-released series paying tribute to the American folk song tradition. We heard about both of those releases when the band joined us in the studio on December 2, 2016.

KUMD Album Review: The Shacks

Nov 30, 2016

The Shacks | The Shacks EP

Shannon Wise and Max Shrager walked into the studio in Queens, New York, on a whim one day in 2014 and left under a new name, The Shacks. The duo holds its own with Shrager’s musical skills that have been recognized since the tender age of 14 and Wise’s feathery voice to form their self-titled release, The Shacks EP.

KUMD Album Review: Sad13

Nov 23, 2016

Sad13 | Slugger

What Sad13’s premiere album, Slugger, may lose in approachability is quickly supplemented by songs so unique they cannot be forgotten without a good effort. Each song has a rough edge, a DIY feel, and yet a modern and electronic presence can always be felt. The tracks, while certainly part of the modern pop scene, stand out like the sore thumbs that won the game.

KUMD shared an concert on Thanksgiving with Native American musicians Sonny Johnson and Annie Humphrey in an evening of  Minnesota music and stories of shared traditions. The KUMD event Ojibwe Then & Now included a full day of events celebrating Ojibwe tradition and bringing it forward, from the youth of Remer schools performing at the traditional walleye feast  to this evening concert at Weber Music Hall. This event was supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and by Native Lives Matter.

This Duluth trio from the early 2000s featured Fractals members Barry "Chuck #2" Pirkola and Darryn "D" Wallace as well as Chuck "Chuck #1" Juntunen playing a mix of acid and surf rock and traditional country. They'll reunite for a CD release show on Friday, November 25 at Beaner's Central in Duluth for Super Rally Case, a collection of hot rod songs from the Double Chucks, the Fractals, and another Pirkola project, the Hootowls. They joined us in the studio November 21, 2016.


We were happy to welcome this young bluegrass trio, originally formed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin but now based in Milwaukee, back to our studios on November 17, 2016.  

  

Since their last visit they've toured steadily, played numerous festivals, and released a critically-acclaimed third album, Cartoon Moon. They performed the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.


KUMD Album Review: Bon Iver

Nov 16, 2016

Bon Iver | 22, A Million

Kanye West once said that Justin Vernon, also known as, Bon Iver, was his favorite living artist. 22, A Million, Vernon’s newest album has many saying the same.

Beautiful, willful and something of a triumph, 22, A Million moves listeners, though they may struggle to explain why or how. The first listen leaves them wondering. The second — wanting. And the third — crying tears of both sorrow and joy.

In its nearly 10-year history, this Minneapolis bluegrass group has released several albums, performed everywhere from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival to A Prairie Home Companion, and even founded their own festival, Blue Ox.

On their new album Discovery of Honey, founding member Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles re-joins them. We found out more about the album when they stopped by our studios on November 11, 2016 in advance of their CD release show the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.


KUMD Album Review: NxWorries

Nov 9, 2016

NxWorries | Yes Lawd!

If anyone has been sleeping on Anderson Paak, it’s time to wake up. Paak and beat maker extraordinaire, Knxlwledge, have joined forces under the alias NxWorries to present their brain child, Yes Lawd!

Local singer, songwriter, and fiddler Gaelynn Lea's whole life changed when she won NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert contest earlier this year. She and her husband sold their house, outfitted a van for touring, and hit the road. Lea was last in our studios the day before she found out the big news; we were happy to welcome her back on November 9, 2016 to find out about everything that's happened since then, and to hear tracks from her upcoming Christmas album Deepest Darkness, Brightest Dawn. She'll perform a CD release show on Saturday, November 12 at Beaner's Central in Duluth.

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