Duluth Music

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.

Man playing guitar and singing in a radio studio as seen through a glass window
Christine Dean for KUMD

This Duluth musician released his debut solo album, Canvas and Color, back in November. Coffman's history in the local music scene includes progressive punk band Phillip of Nazareth and, more recently, pop-rock band the Cuckoo Bees; the new release leans towards the latter, and even includes a few re-worked Cuckoo Bees tracks. We spoke with Coffman on April 15, 2021; listen to our session below. He'll perform at the Ripple Bar in Duluth on Saturday, April 17 at 7pm.

Cory Coffman

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. 

  

Man in a radio studio wearing a face mask and holding a guitar
Christine Dean for KUMD

This Duluth-based singer/songwriter/guitarist was born here but grew up in Iowa. A few years back he returned to Duluth and began performing regularly. Back in December he released a new EP, Can I, showcasing his stand-out acoustic guitar skills and rich voice. Mancieri paid his first visit to KUMD for a session on March 26, 2021 to share some tunes from the EP as well as a new song and talk about his decision to return to the city where he was born and what it's been like getting involved in the music scene.

Minnesota Music Reviews: Lanue

Mar 18, 2021
Lanue
Lanue

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.

AfroGeode on The Local

Feb 11, 2021
Woman standing in front of wall of CDs and letters spelling out KUMD
Kevin Stanke for KUMD

KUMD's Marvin Themix had a chance to chat with up-and-coming local vocalist and creative AfroGeode on The Local on 2-10-21. She shared how she chose that name and talked about her new single, "Unprotected Woman." The full single is available on all streaming platforms.

Virtual Live from Studio A: Sound an Echo

May 27, 2020
Sound an Echo
Sound an Echo

 Rachael Kilgour and Sara Pajunen make up this duo that combines Rachael’s singer/songwriter/guitaristbackground with violinist Sara’s classical and improvisational training and deep roots in Finnish folk music. They recently released an album oftraditional folk tunes called And We’llAll Go Together. Listen to our virtual session with them; they talked about the album and shared some tunes on May 29, 2020. They have a livestreamed concert coming up on June 7.

Sound an Echo

Duluth Dylan Fest Goes Virtual 2020 - May 16-24

May 18, 2020
Duluth Dylan Fest
Duluth Dylan Fest

In lieu of the events that had been slated to run from May 16 through May 24, there will be a number of virtual events to celebrate Duluth’s native son Bob Dylan’s 79th birthday on May 24.

A cartoon drawing of a chicken
Artwork by Chris Monroe

On March 15 Melissa LaTour, the Director of Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival shared an update from the festival's web page letting people know all festival events would be canceled this year. "Please know we love you and want you and your loved ones to be healthy," she wrote. And with that, the festival's uninterrupted 21-year streak came to an end.

Four men standing in front of a wall of CDs
Christine Dean for KUMD

This local supergroup features Marc Gartman, Trampled by Turtles members Dave Carroll and Tim Saxhaug, and drummer Kyle Keegan. They've released their first full-length album, Among the Wild, produced by Low's Steve Garrington, and were scheduled to have a Duluth release show on  March 13, 2020 at Pizza Luce in Duluth, but just before our in-studio session they got the word that the show had been cancelled due to coronavirus fears. Fortunately they stuck around to play some songs for us and talk about making the album.

Man wearing headphones and talking into a microphone
Christine Dean for KUMD

Duluth's long-running DJ collective The Crunchy Bunch is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a show titled Ten Years of Not Taking Requests on December 27th at the Caddy Shack in Lincoln Park. 

The Lately's
KUMD

This soulful local trio releases their new album, Waiting for You, on Friday, October 18 at The Rex Bar in Duluth. We got a preview when they joined us for an interview on October 16 during The Local.

The Latelys on Facebook
The Rex on Facebook

Life Parade
KUMD

Life Parade is the brainchild of Cameron Mathews, who recorded the project's pop-rock debut album, Suburban Life, by himself. When the album started getting some local airplay and positive reviews here. Mathews put together a band for live performances. We found out more about Duluth's latest came-out-of-nowhere musical sensation when Mathews and company joined us in the studio on September 25.

Sara Pajunen

Sara Pajunen is digging deep into the legacy of the Iron Range for inspiration, from the history the people to the landscapes of today.  Her latest project Mine Songs will culminate in a sonic/music project, based on this ranging investigation.  The public is invited to participate in a tangible way to her discovery of the sound of the Iron Range in her final research workshop at Zeitgeist Arts this week. 

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