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KUMD Album Review: Elysian EP

Nov 22, 2019
Samsaruh
Samsaruh

Melbourne indie rocker Samsaruh spent her early teens busking with her guitar and released her first EP at 16 under her birth name. Now she’s accumulating a loyal fanbase throughout Australia and beyond. After releasing nine singles over the course of two years, and lending her voice and songwriting to other artists, Samsaruh dropped the EP Elysian in August. Written in Los Angeles during the first half of 2019, Elysian features a variety of tones, from pop rock bops to cinematic ballads. There’s a sound for every listener.

KUMD Album Review: 2019

Nov 15, 2019
Lucy Dacus
Lucy Dacus

Since Virginia native Lucy Dacus released her first single, “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore,” in the fall of 2015, her music career has ascended at an astonishing speed. Both her debut album, No Burden, and her sophomore album, Historian, enjoyed critical acclaim.

KUMD Album Review: Four Arrows

Nov 8, 2019
Great Grandpa

In the wake of their full-length debut, Plastic Cough, Seattle grunge pop group Great Grandpa lived, worked, and toured together before scattering across the United States. 

KUMD Album Review: Charlie Parr

Nov 1, 2019
Charlie Parr
Charlie Parr

Charlie Parr is back and better than ever with his new eponymous album that features both new writing and old crowd favorites. Released on September 27th, 2019 by Red House Records, Charlie Parr is his thirteenth album. The folk-blues artist is Minnesota born and raised and has spent much of his music career right here in Duluth.

KUMD Album Review: Shiny New Model

Oct 25, 2019
Bodega - Shiny New Model
Bodega - Shiny New Model

BODEGA – Shiny New Model 

KUMD Album Review: All Mirrors

Oct 21, 2019
Angel Olsen
Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen – All Mirrors

KUMD Album Review: Natural, Everyday Degradation

Oct 11, 2019

  Remo Drive released their fifth EP on October 1st, 2019. The three tracks of the EP present a more polished edition of the parent album, Natural, Everyday Degradation. 

KUMD Album Review: When I Have Fears

Oct 7, 2019

  Dublin-based rock band The Murder Capital dropped their debut album When I Have Fears in August of 2019. The quintet signed to Human Season Records in 2018 and found a producer in Flood, the engineer behind the work of artists from PJ Harvey to U2 to Nine Inch Nails. A close friend’s suicide inspired the album’s title and its themes of death and mental illness; the band’s home city informed lyrics about gentrification and homelessness in the name of development.

KUMD Album Review: Night Owl

Sep 27, 2019
Night Owl
Night Owl

Detroit-born Olivia Jean started her music career by handing out demos at shows. In the city’s flourishing garage rock scene, she caught the attention of Jack White and signed to his label Third Man Records as the guitarist for The Black Belles in 2009. White wanted an all-female rock band on Third Man and brought the group together. The band saw reasonable success until 2012 when the band went on hiatus, and Olivia Jean began her solo career. Her first album Bathtub Love Killings had a more pop-oriented take on the garage rock sound of The Black Belles.

KUMD Album Review: Last Import

Sep 20, 2019
Last Import
Last Import

In January of 2018 Minneapolis trio Last Import dropped their first professional release, a five song EP called Songs for Adam. It was a blast of jaunty and edgy punk rock. Three of the five songs from this surf punk sampling would end up on their debut LP Last Import in February of 2019. 

KUMD Album Review: i,i

Sep 13, 2019
Bon Iver i,i
Bon Iver

Someone broke Justin Vernon’s heart in 2006. He recovered by holing up in a Wisconsin cabin for the winter where he wrote the Bon Iver debut album For Emma, Forever Ago. 

KUMD Album Review: Suburban Life

Sep 6, 2019
Life Parade
Life Parade: Suburban Life

Life Parade’s Suburban Life introduces itself with a misdirection; the opening track “Sine” sounds more like a prologue than a first song. Between the distorted voice over murmuring “I know you’re anxious…” and buzzing electronica, the first impression is of a personal space epic. 

KUMD Album Review: Twelve Nudes

Aug 30, 2019
Ezra Furman
Ezra Furman

Chicago native Ezra Furman set out to make a punk record for his eighth album. During the dark days of 2018, Furman and his band “drank and smoked” their way into a blistering, concise protest album in Twelve Nudes. All of the songs express pent up rage or distress, and almost all of them do it loudly.

Pitchfork Music Festival 2019 - Review

Jul 26, 2019
Mark Idstrom

It was a mix of highs and lows for the 14th annual Pitchfork Music Festival held in Union Park this last weekend. Overall, this is the best Pitchfork that we’ve attended. There were so many special moments throughout the week. It’s a matter of seeing a handful of your favorite artists on the same day, hopping back and forth from the three stages, trying to make sense of it all. You’re diving into the mystic, and the best way of going about it for us was just playing it cool and going with the flow. 

 

Soundset 2019 Recap

Jun 5, 2019

 

The weather was perfect…

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