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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…

The Hunt for the Frozen 45

Feb 15, 2019
Frozen 45
Frozen 45

The Hunt for the Frozen 45 begins Sunday February 17! We have hidden the golden record, will you be the one to find it?

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 12/21

Dec 21, 2018
Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank
Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank & Dapperman Studios

Fenestra Funk, Mugshot Davin and the Prozac Robots*
Experimental and psychedelic melodies
Saturday, December 22 | 7pm | $5 | all ages

Glitterati, Black-Eyed Snakes, The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank
A night full of funky beats, fast-paced rock, and folk rhythms
Pizza Luce
Friday, December 21 | 10pm | $10 | 21+

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 12/14

Dec 13, 2018
Shot Memory
Shot Memory

AMY HZL, Mahon Bros, Breanne & the Front Porch Sinners, Mallards
Electric beats, country twang, and funky garage fill this night
The Red Herring Lounge
Friday, December 14 | 8pm | $5 | 18+

Black River Revue, Prone, Feed the Dog
An ugly sweater and sexy santa dance party featuring these upbeat bluegrass, electric tunes, and garage bands
Rex Bar
Saturday, December 15 | 10pm | $8 | 21+

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 12/7

Dec 7, 2018
Paper Parlor
Paper Parlor

Superior Siren Show and Video Premier
Emotional and melodic folkDuluth Cider
Friday, December 7 | 7 pm | free | 21+

Space Monkey Mafia, Splimit, Paper Parlor, Northshore Summit*
Atl. Folk to blues garage to ska punk describe these bands for a jam filled night
Red Herring Lounge
Friday, December 7 | 9pm | 21+

Kind Country, The Stringdingers
Fast paced mix of americana and bluegrass
The Red Herring Lounge
Saturday, December 8 | 9 pm | $15 | 21+

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 11/30

Nov 30, 2018
The Last Revel
The Last Revel Facebook

Elle PF/ YYY/ Seym0ur*
Experimental and orchestral, this night will bend your definition of music
Friday, November 30 | 8:30 pm | $5 | +18

Doomtree Shredders: P.O.S, Slims, Paper Tiger, Lazerbreak*
A crisp Minneapolis rap group
Spurs on First
Thursday, November 29 | $22 | +21

Ian Alexy
A mix of classic rock and americana with some Grateful Dead covers
The Ripple Bar
Friday, November 30 | 8 pm