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Breanne Marie & the Front Porch Sinners launch Kickstarter

Breanne Marie and the Front Porch Sinners at the Spirit RoomBreanne Marie & the Front Porch Sinners have plans to record the full-length album Wildflowers & Tumbleweeds in 2017. A Kickstarter campaign is underway to raise $7,500 to cover the costs.
Brian Barber donated his videography skills for the Kickstarter video. Katlyn Kretzschmar donated her photography for updated band photos, shot at the Spirit Room. Bent Paddle has donated a $50 gift card. Back the Kickstarter campaign at $50 or more between now and Feb. 26 at midnight to be entered to win.

Dong Dot Surgery – “Computing 4eva!”

More spoken word by John Holden with electronic weirdness by Matt Norby.

Duluth Album Releases in 2017

Matt Ray - Minnesota MoonMatt Ray
Minnesota Moon
(Jan. 1)
Available on CDBaby

IWMDK - GhostshipIW/M/DK
Ghostship
Xero Music (Jan. 12)
Available on Bandcamp

The Farsights - Traffic EPThe Farsights
Traffic
(Jan. 17)
Available on Bandcamp

Dong Dot Surgery – “Flo Juice”

Spoken word by John Holden with electronic weirdness by Matt Norby.

A Winter Downpour: Oh, This Pleasant Lake singles

New singles from A Winter Downpour’s album Oh This Pleasant Lake — “Forever” and “Wake Up Drunk.” Thanks to Arrowhead Regional Arts Council for support of the album.

Find it at: SpotifyBandcamp | CD Baby

Teague Alexy’s new “Wisecracks & Roadside Flats” podcast

Teague Alexy's Wisecracks and Roadside FlatsWisecracks & Roadside Flats is a news podcast featuring American stories and folktales from musician, author and storyteller Teague Alexy. The debut episode, “Million Dollar Magic Take,” is Teague’s experience with the classic Bob Dylan and the Band album The Basement Tapes. Teague first hears the album on a solo road trip and years later finds himself as part of a tribute show to the album in Bob Dylan’s hometown of Duluth.

Subscribe to the Wisecracks & Roadside Flats podcast for free on iTunes and Stitcher.

This debut episode features unreleased music from Teague Alexy, Marc Gartman, Sarah Krueger, Lee Martin and Veikko Lepisto performing as the Duluth Basement Tapes Band. Get their recording of “Million Dollar Bash” exclusively when you pre-order Teague Alexy’s new album Circuit Sessions (release date April 7) at teaguealexy.com. See the Duluth Basement Tapes Band perform live on Bob Dylan’s birthday Wednesday, May 24, at Rex Bar as part of the seventh annual Duluth Dylan Fest and Thursday, May 25, at Pioneer Place Theater in St. Cloud.

The Boomchucks – “Birkie Fever”

BirkieA silly little ditty by Duluth band the Boomchucks, all about the North American Birkebeiner. The 44th annual cross-country ski race from Cable to Hayward happens Feb. 25.

When principals tried to run Mötley Crüe out of Duluth

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Left: Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe performing at the Duluth Arena on Nov. 5, 1985; photo by Bob King for the Duluth News-Tribune & Herald. Right: Clipping from Nov. 22, 1985.

Oh, the profanity! Mötley Crüe got Duluth-area principals’ undies in a bunch back in 1985. Attempts to ban the Los Angeles-based glam metal band went nowhere. Mötley Crüe returned to Duluth for two more concerts, one in 1990 and another in 1998.

Blues Monday: Bob Dylan Edition

The Adjustments play Bob Dylan’s classic “Meet Me in the Morning” at their home studio. Catch the blues/rock band live at Players Sports Bar on March 11 from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Audio and video recorded by the Adjustments, with help from Andrew Holien. Edited by Alex Nelson.

Matt Miller – “All Star” Music Video

Local up-and-coming musician Matt Miller’s video for his new song “All-Star” shot by Max Fierek of Nionix Media.

Check Matt out on Soundcloud at soundcloud.com/mattmillersongs and Max’s YouTube Channel at youtube.com/c/MaxFierek.

Dead Man Winter – “Destroyer”

Alan Sparhawk DestroyerThe first video from the new Dead Man Winter album Furnace features cameos by numerous Minnesota music scene notables, including Duluth’s Al Sparhawk and two others who briefly called Duluth home, Haley Bonar and John Mark Nelson.

Dead Man Winter performs in concert Saturday at Pizza Luce.

Ear to the Ground: Charlie Parr

Charlie Parr 2014A session and interview with Duluth musician Charlie Parr filmed and recorded in Saranac Lake, N.Y., in July 2015. It’s part of Beehive Productions‘ “Ear to the Ground” series featuring sessions and interviews exploring the artists and places that make up roots music culture.

Upcoming Charlie Parr gigs:
Feb. 8 at Red Herring Lounge with Devil’s Flying Machine
Feb. 9 at Clyde Iron Works with the Boomchucks
Feb. 11 at First United Methodist Church

Bob Monahan gives Duluth music scene ‘some backbone’

Bob Monahan Duluth photo by Colin Michael SimmonsThis week’s issue of the Twin Cities tabloid City Pages is dubbed “The People Issue” and focuses on “18 who make Minnesota a better place to live.” Among those featured with the likes of Minnesota Vikings tight end and humanitarian Kyle Rudolph and craft beer entrepreneur Kathleen Culhane is Duluth’s Bob Monahan, owner of Chaperone Records and the Red Herring Lounge, referred to as “Duluth’s music mayor.”

Superior Siren – “Nightmare”

Superior SirenAnother round of NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest is underway, with the winner to be announced in March. Duluth’s Gaelynn Lea took top honors in 2016.

Above is local band Superior Siren‘s 2017 submission. The band opens for Haley Bonar at Sacred Heart Music Center on Valentine’s Day.

Blues Monday

Local blues band the Adjustments perform a cover of B.B. King’s “Sweet Little Angel” live in their home studio in Duluth on Dec. 29.

Audio and video recorded by the Adjustments, with help from Andrew Holien. Edited by Alex Nelson.