Anne O'Duffy. Used with permission.

Learning "your" language - where does your passion lie?

Just this morning, we heard a story on MN 90 about Archbishop John Ireland , and how he helped the Irish prosper in America - specifically Minnesota.

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Cuckoo Bees
John Heino for KUMD

11/28 Live From Studio A: Cuckoo Bees

Self-described "percussion nerds" Cory Coffman and Mikayla Haynes met in the percussion section at University of Wisconsin, Superior and formed The Cuckoo Bees in 2016. Coffman plays guitar in the project while Haynes plays xylophone and percussion, and they both sing. Although they've played a handful of shows, their main focus has been recording Weeping Willow , their debut album of quirky folk/pop, which they releases at a Beaner's Central show on November 30th. We got a preview when they...

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Tom Guntzberger

Getting *everyone* out alive - specialized training for furry family members

When you hear stories about house fires and other emergencies these days, there's usually a mention of the family pets that got out safely, too -- or didn't. It hasn't always been that way. Not that long ago, first responders were concerned strictly with the human lives.

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Listen to our session with this indie folk band from May 3, 2011. They performed as part of Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival.


Listen to our session with one of the only touring double neck guitarists in the world from June 3rd.

Mark Kroos

Having relocated to Los Angeles to record for the first time as a band in about three years, TV on the Radio's latest album, Nine Types of Light, is the band's brightest and, dare I say, most "feel-good" album yet. Taking a cue from their impressive 2008 release, Dear Science, TVotR's latest songs are polished and have a clear structure. The ambient experimentation with wanton atmospherics found on previous releases are in short supply here, possibly reflecting the change of scenery.

Listen to our session with this Philadelphia musician from Wednesday, April 27. His latest album, Fixin' to Die, was produced by the Avett Brothers.

G. Love

The Joy Formidable have been one of the UK's most promising indie bands in recent years. The Welsh trio has finally delivered their debut LP with some previously released songs receiving a colossal makeover to fit in with the rest of the album. This isn't to say that the songs were radically altered in terms of structure or voicing; every song packs dizzying layers of guitar (recalling the towering production techniques of alt-rock visionaries Billy Corgan and Trent Reznor) and muscular percussion - now with more double bass accents (see: "Whirring")!

Listen to our session with Lark International, Ann Helen Brondbo Foosnaes, Arlene Anderson, Les Hazelton,and David Craig from Friday, April 22.

Ann Helen Brondbo Foosnaes

Listen to our session with Chris Koza and Peter Sieve from Minneapolis indie folk band, Rogue Valley, from Wednesday, April 20.

Chris Koza
Rogue Valley

Listen to our session with one of Duluth's best-known bands who recently released their 9th album, C'mon, on Sub Pop Records and are gearing up for a tour. Special thanks to Tom Herbers for engineering the session.

Low C'mon

2011 finds Canadian folk trio Timber Timbre deliberately channeling David Lynch on the aptly titled Creep On Creepin' On - the follow up to their prodigious self-titled LP released in 2009. This LP features singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Taylor Kirk still crooning over Mika Posen and Simon Trottier's sparse percussion, minimalistic organ playing, and chilling violin dissonance.

Listen to our session with this indie rock three-piece ensemble from Minneapolis, Friday, April 22.


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KUMD Community Advisory Board Meeting

Wednesday, December 5 at 3 p.m. at the Tweed Museum of Art at UMD. The public is invited to attend.

KUMD Live from Studio A Volume 1

KUMD is pleased to announce the release of Live from Studio A Volume 1 , a collection of 16 tracks recorded in our studios over the past several years.

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