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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.

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

Concert Information

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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