Malachy Koons

Music Through the Day Host

I grew up in Viroqua, WI and moved to Duluth in 2014 to attend UMD. I majored in Geography and started volunteering at KUMD as a Basement DJ, and now work at KUMD part time as a Music Through The Day host and music reviewer. I also host the Local and the Lounge on Wednesdays. 

 In my spare time I love going to shows, collecting records, and enjoying all the beautiful nature our area has to offer. 

 

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Malachy Koons for KUMD

Laura Sellner started Superior Siren as a solo project, in time, adding three bandmates but still occasionally performing solo. The singer/songwriter has announced a new solo EP due out on May 7, 2021. She joined us in the studio for a Homegrown session on May 4, 2021. Her band performed a livestreamed show from Sacred Heart Music Center on the first night of Homegrown as part of the Minnesota Music Coalition's 2021 Music Summit.

Superior Siren

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Malachy Koons for KUMD

This year's Duluth Homegrown Music Festival guide documents how this musician went from being an ensemble player in the six-piece band NorShore Summit to a solo artist at the beginning of last year. Abukhodair played multiple shows throughout 2020's outdoor music season, and is currently preparing to release her first solo album. We'll find out more when she joins Malachy for a Homegrown session on Monday, May 2 at 2pm. She'll perform at Earthrider Brewery's Starfire Unofficial Birthday Bash on Saturday, May 8.

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Malachy Koons for KUMD

This Americana singer/songwriter was known more for his work as a local environmental educator and activist before he decided to take his singing and guitar playing off the couch and on stage. He's releasing his debut album, Smoky Gold, on May 14; it features contributions from members of The Infamous Stringdusters, Kind Country, Feeding Leroy, and others. He joined us for a session in honor of Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival on May 3 , 2021.

Book cover featuring man's face and the title And Else
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Minnesota Music Hall of Famer Mick Sterling is well known to local audiences, performing his brand of Soul and R & B at the Bayfront Blues Festival as well as other venues with his band The Stud Brothers during their 17-year run. KUMD's DJ Malachy spoke with Sterling about his musical career and new book, And Else, in advance of Sterling's most recent Duluth appearance for a book signing and performance.

Mick Sterling

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Richard Carter

It's been a year since Duluth musician Gaelynn Lea started livestreaming from home weekly during the COVID-19 pandemic. DJ Malachy checked in with her on the Local to talk about what the past year has been like for her and what she has coming up. They talked about the EP she released using material from those home sessions; you can listen to full versions of those songs on Gaelynn's Bandcamp page.

Erik Berry
Erik Berry

During the month of February, Trampled by Turtles has been streaming shows every Thursday, recorded at First Avenue and with a different setlist each week. Malachy, co-host of The Local on KUMD, had a chance to talk with Erik Berry of the band about the shows and how he and the rest of the band have been adapting to the pandemic.