Music

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Jeff Jarvinen

Women's Music Show host Liz continues her series of interviews with local female musicians. This time we hear from Rose Hoene and Leyla Aktekin.

Hoene's musical path started with performances in Duluth and led to time in Los Angeles working at a recording studio and at Geffen Records.

The Local host Marv in the Mix welcomes Reed Benjamin to the show this weekend to talk about his latest project "Life Finds a Way" and the upcoming tour stop in Duluth.  A founding member of the Minneapolis-based  hip-hop Mill City Collective, Benjamin talks about his roots, inspirations and future aspirations. 

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 1/26

Jan 25, 2018
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Timbre Ghost, BLAHA, and Nat Harvie Trio*
Rock/Indie Rock, Alternative, and Alt Rock/Post Glam bands are determined to rock your socks off in one night of ultimate intimacy
Red Herring Red Room
Friday, January 26 | 10 PM | $5 | 21+ 

The Cellar Door, In Existene, and Markus J Dandy
Alternative and Metal/Alternative bands will be hosting a killer show of killer proportions. Killer
Beaner's Central
Friday, January 26 | 7 PM | $5 | All Ages 

KUMD Album Review: Illism

Jan 24, 2018
Love and Loyalty
Illism | Love and Loyalty

Illism | Love and Loyalty

After two EPs (later re-released on one album) the duo known as Illism, comprised of lyricist Envy and vocalist Fancy, came together again for their debut album Love and Loyalty. Combining elements of Soul and R & B with appearances of 80's Funk, Illism shows nothing but loyalty to their Minnesota roots.

KUMD Album Review: Nai Palm

Jan 22, 2018
Nai Palm
Nai Palm, Needle Paw

Nai Palm | Needle Paw

With her Zen-filled lyrics and a gentle delivery, Nai Palm, the 23-year-old lead vocalist of the Australian based soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, delivers an acoustic barrage on her solo debut Needle Paw

The New Standards
Photo Courtesy of Nate Ryan

The New Standards led by Twin Cities musicians  Chan Poling (The Suburbs) on piano, bassist John Munson (Trip Shakespeare, Semisonic), and Steve Roehm (Billygoat Electropolis) on vibraphone. They formed in 2005 to play and sing their favorite songs in a stripped down, acoustic setting.  The New Standards create jazz arrangements of recognizable hits from Dan Hicks to David Byrne, Bowie to Beck. 

1/24 Live from Studio A: Charlie Parr

Jan 18, 2018
Charlie Parr
Christine Dean for KUMD

This local favorite joined us in the studio on January 24. He released his album Dog, back in September and gave candid interviews about how his struggle with depression influenced the making of the record. He's currently doing a January residency Wednesdays at the Cedar Lounge in Superior and will take the stage the same night at 8.

Charlie Parr

Cedar Lounge

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 1/19

Jan 18, 2018
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Christine Dean for KUMD

Laura Sellner debuted Superior Siren as a solo project in Duluth in 2012 expanding her atmospheric, eerie folk sound by adding cellist Rachel Gobin, bassist Nyssa Krause, and drummer Emma Deaner in 2015. The quartet released its first, much-anticipated self-titled debut on January 12, 2018. They joined us that afternoon to share songs from the album and talk about how the project has grown and changed.

Superior Siren

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 1/12

Jan 11, 2018
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 Har-Di-Har, Black Diary, and JRUNK*
Art/Pop and Indie Folk bands electrify your night with warming cinematic pop
Red Herring
Thursday, January 11 | 9 PM | $5 | 21+

Granddad, Mint Vintage, and Cave Light*
Punk, Alt/Rock, and Indie Rock Bands light up the night for your own kick-butt, music craving self

G. Love Interview

Jan 10, 2018
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Christine Dean for KUMD

Philadelphia native (now based in Boston) G. Love came to Duluth for a solo show on January 9, 2018 for the opening night of Duluth's newest venue, Sound. Teague Alexy opened the night, then G. Love played two sets to a full house; the first set had a bluesier feel, and he paid tribute to two of his musical idols, Bob Dylan and John Hammond. 

Man sitting on a stool playing guitar and singing into a microphone and woman standing playing accordian
Christine Dean for KUMD

We had a great session with this duo, which features Wisconsin native Jason Dae West and Arizona native Aurelia Anne Cohen, on January 5, 2018. Both were wanderers before they had a child and settled down in their current home in small-town Oregon; West traveled the country, sometimes hopping trains, and Cohen was (and still is) a circus performer. The two, who describe their sound as "original Western folk music," still tour regularly and have released four albums.

Every year, on the last Backyard Almanac of December, Larry Weber makes a request that has nothing to do phenology or the natural world: he just wants to hear John McCutcheon's song, "Christmas in the Trenches."  So we decided to make some additional information about the song - and the story behind it - clickable for other fans.

If you're curious about Larry's perennial Christmas favorite, "Christmas in the Trenches" by John McCutcheon, here's a link to a YouTube video of the song.  It was a "project for Mr. Cutler's grade 6 class."

Holiday Programming

Dec 21, 2017
M. Jenson

Two men standing playing guitar and singing into microphones
Christine Dean for KUMD

 

This Brooklyn-based indie pop/rock performer recently released a new album, Flickering Light. We found out more about it and heard some tunes when he joined us in the studio on December 22, 2017.

 Benjamin Cartel  

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