The Local

Wednesday 5-6pm

KUMD brings you two hours of local and regional music every Wednesday from 5-7pm. Tune in for new tracks, old favorites, an events calendar, interviews and more. The Local is supported in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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We've heard from many musicians on how the pandemic affected their lives, and now we get to hear from a different side of the music world. Daniel Norgard is one of the co-owners of Blush, a music venue in downtown Duluth, and this week on The Local Malachy spoke to Daniel about the pandemic and its effect on Blush. Listen to find out how a small DIY venue survived the pandemic.

Kiss the Tiger
Diana Albrecht.

Kiss the Tiger recently released Vicious Kid and their 3rd LP is filled with both soulful organ-driven tracks as well as some all out rock and roll edginess. Meghan Kreidler, front woman for Minneapolis based Kiss the Tiger, gave us a peek at the process of putting the album together when they joined us on The Local.

Tony Bennett Interview on The Local

Jun 8, 2021
Tony Bennett
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This week on The Local Malachy chatted with Tony Bennett about his new album Fun's Over. Bennett fulfilled a lifelong goal ahead of this album by learning to play the drums, and played every instrument on the album. Listen to find out what he thinks of his drumming skills and to hear three songs from the new album.

Richie Townsend of Lesser Planets, an instrumental prog rock band based out of Duluth recently released Electric Neon Plastic, recorded at Sparta Sounds. Hear our conversation we had with him on The Local. 

Big Kiss Interview on The Local

May 20, 2021
Big Kiss
Big Kiss

"On The Local yesterday Malachy interviewed some members of Duluth punk band Big Kiss. Find out about the band's history, their upcoming cassette release, playing punk music in the Twin Ports, and much more in this interview"

Hour two of The Local included a specially curated set by Teague Alexy in honor of Homegrown. We also chatted about his move to the Northland from New Jersey, his new Film THIS FEELING WILL BE OVER SOON, and his upcoming Homegrown performance (his first live performance since lockdown) Saturday at Earth Rider.

As part of a special Homegrown performance, members of New Salty Dog members Jacob and Owen Mahon visited The Local to perform 2 new songs as well a cut from their recent Pecan, Pecon album. They announced the plan to release a new album later this year, discussed their life as brothers, and expressed their desire to always play music no matter the circumstances. 

New Salty Dog will be performing at The Ripple Bar Friday, and Earth Rider Brewing both Saturday and Sunday.

Wendy Ruhkne Interview on The Local

Apr 29, 2021
Wendy Ruhkne
Wendy Ruhkne

Wendy Ruhnke is a Duluth music superfan who missed attending shows during the pandemic and took it upon herself to making her backyard a Duluth music mecca, hosting shows featuring Twin Ports heavy hitters like Rich Mattson, Al Sparwhawk, Charlie Parr, and many more for small gatherings. She joined Marvin Themix on The Local on April 28, 2021.

Mark Lindquist Interview on The Local

Apr 22, 2021
Mark Lindquist album cover
Mark Lindquist

This week on The Local Malachy spoke with Mark Lindquist. The former Duluth rocker is now running the Central Lakes College Audio Club who recently released a compilation album, A Secret Garden, to benefit students struggling during the covid pandemic. We found out how the club helps students learn valuable music skills and how many of our favorite Duluth musicians ended up on the compilation.

Young man wearing headphones in front of a microphone in a radio studio.
Kevin Stanke for KUMD

Marvin Themix sat down for a conversation with Thro, an 18-year-old musician who spent the past year distance learning at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley after a year on their campus. He discusses his newest EP, A Week with Annabelle, and the inspiration he gathers for his songwriting from his spring walks up the Lester River.

Justin Wade Interview on The Local

Apr 2, 2021

Marvin Themix had a chat with a brand new performer in town named Justin Wade who's released just a few singles on his YouTube page. Hailing from Grand Rapids and spending time in Colorado and Italy, he moved to Duluth just as the pandemic hit, Wade is starting to perform on the stages that he moved to Duluth to perform on that are opening back up. He shares a couple of original tunes (Picasso Sunrise and Calculus) that showcase his slick guitar playing style and his natural voice. 

  

Book cover featuring man's face and the title And Else
www.micksterlingpresents.com

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

Paul Lundgren, one of the founders of Perfect Duluth Day (Duluth's self-proclaimed "Duluthiest" web site) joined DJ Marvin Themix to talk about how it all started, how the pandemic has affected what they do, and what keeps him in Duluth. Also, as a member of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival committee, he gives us a preview of this year's virtual event.

Here's the full version of a song Paul references as a catlyst for his involvement in Duluth's music scene:

Woman in a wheelchair playing the fiddle
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.

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https://hclib.musicat.co/

MNspin is a project launched by the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis in 2017 to connect Minnesota musicians with a wider audience. MarvinThemix talked with the library's Jeff Radford about the effort and how musicians can submit their music.

MNspin

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