Music

College students takeover KUMD's daytime airwaves in celebration of National College Radio Day!
Student DJs are hosting the KUMD College Radio Day takeover and spotlighting the music from student-run “The Basement” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Friday. National College Radio Day celebrates the efforts of students in curating unique, expressive, and meaningful content. “The Basement” playlist includes hip-hop, indie rock, punk, electronic and more.

John Mark Nelson
Mike Mayou for KUMD

This St. Paul-based indie folk singer/songwriter is working on a new project set for release in 2019. He joined us in the studio on October 5 for a preview of his appearance the same night at Prøve Collective in Duluth.

John Mark Nelson

Prøve Collective

Live from Studio A on KUMD is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

For the 17th year, our friends at Beaner's Central are hosting a week-long series of live music featuring local musicians. The performances will be recorded for Volume 17 of the Beaner's One Week Live compilation album. KUMD is so proud to be a supporter of Beaner's week of live music year after year. The 17th annual One Week Live features performances from Feeding Leroy, Woodblind, Lady Slipper and much more.

Cascade Crescendo
KUMD

This Portland, Oregon-based band plays jam influenced bluegrass and features former Duluthian and Tin Can Gin member Harrison Olk. The band is preparing to release its second album, Chasing the Sun; they shared more about that project and played live when they joined us in the studio on September 28th. They performed later the same night at The Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

Cascade Crescendo

Red Herring Lounge

FeMN Fest 2018 - 9/21-9/22

Sep 13, 2018
FeMN Fest

FEMN FEST is an unapologetically feminist festival brought to YOU by a team of womxn-identified bosses. A weekend of music, art, workshops, education, film, and connection. The festival starts Friday, Sept. 21 and runs through Saturday, Sept. 22 in downtown Duluth in/around Sacred Heart Music and Arts Center. 

Three stage-areas will inhabit the downtown area. Amidst the musical and educational activities, there will be a maze of various womxn-owned vendors, artists, and art installations.

Red Tail Ring at KUMD
KUMD

This Michigan duo features Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp, whose close harmonies backed by spare acoustic instrumentation and blend of traditional tunes and original compositions create a distinctive folk sound. The pair, who play banjo, guitar, and fiddle, recently released their fourth studio album, Fall Away Blues. They joined us on September 27 and gave us a preview of their show at Amazing Grace Bakery in Duluth that same evening.

Red Tail Ring

9/14 Live from Studio A: Low

Sep 11, 2018
Low at KUMD
Mike Mayou for KUMD

This veteran Duluth band (which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year) continues to push boundaries with their latest album, Double Negative. They joined us in the studio on September 14, the album's release date, to share some tunes and tell us more about this latest effort.

Low

Double Negative on SubPop Records

Forever Home 9/6

Sep 6, 2018

Durante

Durante is a male Terrier about 7 years old. He and 2 other Terriers were dumped out of a car. He is so friendly and smart as a whip. Durante is crate and house trained. He likes everyone and is a very good boy. Durante is available for adoption at Contented Critters Animal Sanctuary. 

Cera

9/5 Live From Studio A: Jim's Country Laundry

Sep 4, 2018
Jim's Country Laundry at KUMD
KUMD

This trio is the latest project from Duluth music scene veteran Jim Hall. The group joined us in the studio on September 5 and kicked off an every-Wednesday September residency at the Cedar Lounge in Superior the same night. They also performed on September 7 at Sir Benedict's Tavern in Duluth.

Cedar LoungeSir Benedict's TavernJim Hall

9/5 Live From Studio A: Satsang

Aug 27, 2018
Satsang playiing at KUMD
KUMD

This Montana trio plays a blend of folk-rock, soul, and hip-hop. They joined us in the studio on September 5 for a preview of their first-ever Duluth show at the Red Herring Lounge that same night.

Satsang

The Red Herring Lounge

Ginette Callaway / Blind Ambition Mgmt.

KUMD's Chris Harwood, host of Soul Village, interviewed the great singer, songwriter and producer William Bell, noted for his career at Stax Records in Memphis where he made such hit records in the 1960s as "You Don't Miss Your Water," "I Forgot to Be Your Lover," and his duet with Judy Clay "Private Number."  As a songwriter, he wrote many of his own records, often partnering with longtime friend and label mate Booker T Jones.  Together they wrote many songs for Bell and others, including Albert King's "Born under a

Man in a hat with his arm around a woman
fredeaglesmith.com

Fred Eaglesmith has been writing and performing for nearly 40 years. The Ontario native's songs are engaging narratives that reflect his rural upbringing, his time spent hopping trains, his observations of ordinary folks, and his love for the spirit of '60s and '70s rock and roll. Although Eaglesmith has intentionally avoided the mainstream in his performing career, his songs have been covered by everyone from Toby Keith to Kasey Chambers, and he's traveled the world playing for his dedicated fans.

Woman from the shoulders up with her hands under her chin
arethafranklin.net

When the news of Aretha Franklin's death at the age of 76 was announced on August 16, 2018, KUMD's Chris Harwood posted on Facebook, "I am absolutely devastated. Losing Sharon Jones last year was like losing a music sister. Losing Aretha Franklin to me is like losing my music mother."

8/23 Live From Studio A: The Fish Heads

Aug 17, 2018
KUMD

Husband and wife team Mike Monson and Kim Curtis-Monson have been performing as the Fish Heads for over 25 years, with other musicians taking part along the way, including current member Paul Jones on dobro, pedal steel, guitar, and banjo. The eclectic folk/rock/bluegrass trio had an album release show for their latest CD, Time to Run August 24 in Duluth. We got a preview when they joined us in the studio on August 23.

Fish Heads

Teatro Zuccone

KUMD

This acoustic singer/songwriter is back in her native Northern Minnesota after returning from 2 years in Northern Ireland. She released her debut album in 2016 and has a second in the works. We welcomed Nickolay to our studios on August 17, 2018.

Maria Nickolay

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