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Record Stores of Highway 53, Part One: Vinyl Cave in Superior »

Owners Tom Unterberger and Tom Johnson explain how their love for music lead them to open Vinyl Cave. Located in Superior, the store is a required stop for record collectors in search of classic-rock favorites.

Fun Fact: Vinyl Cave’s best selling used record is Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

Tommorrow: Revival Records in Eau Claire
Friday: Deaf Ear Records in La Crosse

Vinyl Cave
1717 Belknap St.
Superior WI 54880
715-392-1477

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Trampled by Turtles – “Are You Behind the Shining Star” (Live video from the Late Show with David Letterman) »

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Dave on Dave: TBT’s Carroll comments on band’s previous Letterman appearance »

On the occasion of Duluth band Trampled by Turtles making a second appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman — tonight at 10:35 p.m. on KDLH-TV channel 3.1 — I looked back at notes from an interview with Banjo Dave Carroll from spring 2013. He told stories about being on the Letterman and Craig Ferguson shows that didn’t make it into the story I was working on at the time.

Here is Carroll sharing an anecdote about taking a break outside the Ed Sullivan Theater before the Letterman gig:

They have these barriers on the sidewalks that are kind of gated off for photographers to hang out and allow them to get a picture of celebrities — whoever’s coming in. … It happened to be Amy Phoeler. We were hanging out there, and there were all these photographers. Her black town car or whatever pulls up, the photographer looks at us and says, ‘hey are you guys in the band?’ We kind of looked at each other and said ‘yeah, yeah we’re in the band.’ And they just said, ‘hey, get out of the way!’” Amy Poehler was coming across the street and they didn’t want us to be in the background with her.

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Jack Campbell releases new video and Fundrazr »

Local musician Jack Campbell just released a new free single “Drive” with a video by Lakefront Films and he’s doing a crowd funding campaign through Fundrazr to make a full length record.

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Trampled by Turtles – “Wild Animals” video and Bayfront concert photos »

A rainy new video; perfect for the night of a rainy concert at Bayfront Park.

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Latest ‘Duluth’ Song Reference »

With a possible new entry for the Duluth Lyrics Vault – the new Phish album ‘plooped’ (or dripped) on Tuesday. Here are the lyrics to Halfway to the Moon:
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Haley Bonar – “Kill the Fun” »

New video from former Duluthian Haley Bonar. She plays Bayfront Park on Saturday with Trampled by Turtles, Doomtree and Low.

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Interview with Trampled by Turtles mandolin player Erik Berry »

Erik Berry Interview – 6/17/2014

Mandolinist Erik Berry discusses the new Trampled by Turtles album Wild Animals, his thoughts behind songwriting and what it’s like to play at Bayfront Festival Park. The Duluth band headlines a show on its home field this Saturday with Doomtree, Low and Haley Bonar also on the bill.

Direct link to audio.

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Bliss — “When I Grow Up” »

Duluth rapper Bliss released his new album The Most Important Things in Life are Invisible on Bandcamp today. Above is the newest video, “When I Grow Up.” (The video for “Go,” released last month, was also part of this post, but has been removed from YouTube for some kind of “terms of service” violation. The video for the album’s title track was posted on PDD back in March.)

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Pineapple Arts now offering music lessons »

Pineapple Arts Center in Downtown Duluth is now offering music lessons. Guitar, bass and ukulele lessons are available, and songwriting/composition help can also be provided.

Here’s what they had to say on the matter:

We’re so excited to have Duluth-area musician and News Tribune music writer Tony Bennett (Cars & Trucks, The Dames, Seed Math) offering music lessons for beginners/intermediates this summer! Lessons will be dictated by what the student wants to learn, with a focus on fun and creativity. Tony is able to cover many styles, including: rock, folk, blues, punk, metal, avant-garde, pop, some country, and much more! Give the store a call at (218) 722-2919 if you want to take music lessons ~~THIS SUMMER~~ acoustic and electric guitar ~~ bass guitar ~~ or songwriting and composition. ~~ Lessons are available on Tuesdays between 6-9 PM. Cost is only $20 for a single half-hour lesson, and $70 for a four-lesson package deal!

Pineapple Arts on Facebook

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PDD Summer Concert Primer 2014 »

With one of Duluth’s coldest and snowiest winters behind us, it’s time to warm up for summer music. Venues like Bayfront Festival Park and Big Top Chautauqua host major touring acts throughout summer, along with a number of smaller summer concert series put on by Lucius Woods Performing Arts Center, Summer (Mostly) Thursdays, and Chester Creek Concert Series. There will be more bands to see than time to see them. Here’s a look at some of the summer 2014 highlights.

June 13-19
Three Bridges Int’l Chamber Music Festival
Weber Music Hall
This festival will feature German compositions ranging from new to centuries old.


June 14
Pert Near Sandstone
Big Top Chautauqua
Pert Near Sandstone kicks off the summer under the big top.


June 17
Charlie Parr
Chester Bowl Park
Bluesman Charlie Parr kicks off the Chester Creek Concert Series.


June 20-21
Lake Ave Live 2014
Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar
Two nights of music under a big-top tent in the parking lot of the DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace in Canal Park, featuring Grrl Prty, the4ontheFloor and more. (more…)

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Charlie Parr – “Union Tramp” »

Green Room performance by Duluth’s Charlie Parr at Turner Hall in Milwaukee. Video produced by Phil Hosticka & Jay Patterson.

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Hear Original Local Music »

A buddy of mine in Nashville set this website up to help local music all over: hereit.org. Use it to listen to, search for, buy and sell local music throughout the United States.

“The site helps listeners find and support new music, while providing independent artists a platform to be heard and sell songs — with no contracts, commitments or cuts taken from the sales.”

On Facebook here.

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Dirty Knobs Live at Homegrown 2014 »

In case you didn’t feel like showing up, or you did and you want to re-live the memories over and over like in that one movie, here is the Dirty Knobs set recorded live from the Teatro Zuccone stage on Friday May 2. You can listen and download for free. There’s also an in-studio recording included of the same raw materials taken to a slightly different direction.

Thanks to Starfire, to all of the Homegrown staff and volunteers, to everyone at Teatro Zuccone and to the audience.

List of Duluth-related album releases in 2014

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Sarah Krueger – Homegrown 2014 »

Sarah Krueger ended her set at the Rex during Homegrown 2014 by inviting her girlfriends on stage for a good ol’ fashioned dance party. Well played Sarah Krueger, well played.

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Gooseberry Falls State Park Drone Flyover »

A little drone flyover at Gooseberry Falls State Park accompanied by Southwire music.

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Homegrown 2014 Slideshow Retrospective »

The slideshow above displays photos tagged with homegrownmusicfestival2014 on Flickr. So far it’s quite a bit leaner than previous years, perhaps because Flickr use is fading in favor of Facebook use (see Facebook #hgmf14). Or maybe this Flickr slideshow will continue to grow as photographers sober up and find time to upload their gems and tag them.

Share your Homegrown memories through words in the comments, if you’re not completely exhausted by the mere mention of it by now.

If nothing satisfies your hunger for Homegrown, follow these links for galleries of pics from past years:

2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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Who won Homegrown 2014? »

This poll is now closed. The results were:

Who won Homegrown 2014?

Bratwurst — 9 percent
The Blasphemists — 7.5 percent
Red Mountain — 6 percent
The Black-eyed Snakes with Charlie Parr — 4.5 percent
Wino, WI — 4.5 percent
Various other bands — 68.5 percent

Bratwurst wins Homegrown for the second time in three years! (Photo by Derek Montgomery for MPR)

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Homegrown 2014 – Biochemical Characters »

The Biochemical Characters lit up Amazing Grace with their blazing set of Boreal Spirituals Friday night. I believe.

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Fred Tyson Sex Workshop »

Fred Tyson Sex Workshop

Duluth’s own father of sex, Fred Tyson, presented his Sex Workshop Friday night during Homegrown at the Rex Bar. His fast footwork, velvety voice and magical smile brought concert goers on a sexual journey not soon to be forgotten.


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