KUMD Album Review: Forever Turned Around

Apr 10, 2020

  Whitney - Forever Turned Around

Forever Turned Around is the second release by indie-folk rock band, Whitney. With their first release, Light Upon the Lake, the band captured quite a buzz with their blend of soft falsetto vocals, impressive and consistent guitar performance, and driving upbeat rhythms. With their second impression, the Chicago-based band delivers a performance that may prove decisive. Depending on the listener’s preferences, this could be a welcoming return, or a cause for frustration. 

KUMD Album Review: FKA Twigs-MAGDALENE

Apr 4, 2020

In her third studio album, FKA Twigs proves her ability to hold her own among the greats of her generation. Twigs built a following with her LP1 and LP2 album releases. On MAGDALENE, she improves upon all her genre-bending abilities, delivering a polished and cohesive effort.

KUMD Album Review: Texas Sun

Mar 27, 2020
Texas Sun
Texas Sun

  Khruangbin &  Leon Bridges - Texas Sun

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.

KUMD Album Review: Stay Good

Mar 9, 2020
Brooklyn Funk Essential
Brooklyn Funk Essential

    Brooklyn Funk Essentials - Stay Good 

Stay Good is the fifth studio album from the New York City collective Brooklyn Funk Essentials.

Katy Vernon

A native of England, this singer/songwriter has lived in the Twin Cities for several years now, performing in bands including The Camdens before releasing her first solo album in 2012. Vernon's most recent album, Suit of Hearts, was released in 2019 and features the musician on ukelele, which has become her primary instrument in recent years. We found out more when she joined us in the studio on February 25th.

KUMD Albm Review: Angel's Pulse

Feb 24, 2020

Angel’s Pulse is the fourth studio album from singer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer Dev Hynes. Professionally known as Blood Orange, the East London native has gained a following by effectively weaving together R&B, electronic dance, and gospel elements into his own unique musical niche. 

KUMD Album Review: uknowwhatimsayin¿

Feb 14, 2020
Danny Brown
Danny Brown uknowwhatimsayin

uknowwhatimsayin¿ is the 7th studio album from Detroit rapper, Danny Brown. The rapper is known for his distinct voice, energetic delivery, and provocative lyrics. With eleven tracks running just 33 minutes, this album is like a strong espresso shot of rap. With his energetic, infectious personality and bright ad libs, Brown delivers an album that is anything but boring. 

Eli Gardiner
Eli Gardiner

This native of Michigan's U.P. is now based in Minneapolis, where he recently recorded a fourth album, The Fire and the Medicine, due out this spring. We found out more when the Americana singer/songwriter joined us in the studio on February 26th He performed the same night at Bent Paddle Brewing in Duluth.

Eli Gardiner
Bent Paddle Brewing

KUMD Album Review: Kiwanuka

Feb 7, 2020

Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka

The album Kiwanuka is a triumphant return for the British singer/songwriter of the same name, first release since 2016’s, Love and Hate.

Mark Joseph

This Twin Cities singer, songwriter, and guitarist was last in our studios as part of The Big Wu. This time around he has a new solo blues album to share, The Musician & the Muse when he joined us on January 31st. He had a release show the same night at The Caddy Shack in Duluth's Lincoln Park.

Mark Joseph
The Caddy Shack

Chicago based Wilco returns to Duluth, MN on Tue March 10th in the DECC’s Symphony Hall in support of their latest studio album, ODE TO JOY featuring 11 new songs.  Jeff Tweedy and company will be lively and fresh for their second show of their 2020 North American tour.

Key Kids

This garage-pop duo from Northfield, Minnesota, recently released its debut album, Townie. We got to know them and they performed songs from the album when they joined us on January 31st. They had a show the the same night at Blush in Duluth.

The Key Kids on Facebook
Blush on Facebook

KUMD Album Review: Song Like A Seed

Jan 24, 2020
Song Like A Seed
Sara Thomsen Song Like A Seed

Sara Thomsen - Song Like A Seed