Gallery of Defunct Duluth Music ’Zines

As a companion to Perfect Duluth Day’s “Gallery of Defunct Duluth Literary and Arts ’Zines” we now present the local underground music news publications that once spread the gospel of local rawk and/or roll.

Souled Out was published in early 2009 to promote Michigan Street Productions, a nonprofit, student-run recording studio and internet radio station at Harbor City International School. Seth Feralin was the editor. Yes, the cover was made by cutting a grocery bag.

The Diatribe was “the Twin Ports metal monthly” from 2007 to 2009. Erik “Lord Waterhead” Freitag served as editor in chief. Issues typically began with the Lord’s “Infernal Soliloquy” column, followed by interviews with, and stories about, metal bands.

High Plains Drifter Magazine was published by Jimi Sides from 2006 to 2008. The 36-page monthly was dedicated primarily to music, but dabbled in art, technology, culture, travel and the outdoors.

Duluth Independent Zine was published with the quest to “promote local music and culture” and “inform, inspire, create and voice anyone who wants to be heard.” The only issue in the PDD archive is November 2007. There is no masthead, but the publication seems to have been produced by Harbor City International School students. In addition to articles, photos, show listings and a comic strip, the back page features a black bean salad recipe.

… and the Heroine Screams Help! was published by Paul Connolly and Mat Milinkovich from 2005 to 2007. Issues were about 20 pages, held together by two nuts and bolts, featuring interviews, album reviews and gear talk, with some poetry and visual art.

The Bullhorn was published circa 2003 (issues weren’t dated) and lasted for at least four editions. “W.C. Jackie” and “Sinister Minister” were listed as editors. The content ranged from band interviews and show reviews to a comic strip about the music scene. Duluth mayoral candidate Charlie Bell was interviewed in issue #3.


What music ’zines are missing from this gallery? Make the omissions known in the comments. And if you’ve got better details about the ’zines featured above, make that known as well.

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