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Rich Mattson and the Northstars – “Castles”

Rich Mattson and the Northstars have released a new album, Aeroplane Mode. The video for the single “Castles” is a bit of space rock put together by Reggie Pype.

Glen’s Neighbor – “Time To Go”

Here’s the video for the latest single from Duluth-based bluegrass band Glen’s Neighbor off the album Your Unknown. Directed and edited by Shane Rock Nelson with cinematography by Dan Huiting.

Bob Dylan on cover of final Village Voice print edition

The 62-year-old New York-based news and culture paper Village Voice published its final printed edition on Sept. 20. It features Duluth-born Bob Dylan on the cover — a photo taken on Jan. 22, 1965 in Christopher Park near the old Voice offices.

The Voice announced in August it would cease publication of its print edition and convert to a fully digital format.

Charlie Parr interview for Issue magazine

In this interview for Issue magazine, Duluth musician Charlie Parr discusses his musical influences, his writing methods and his experience recording for the first time ever using a full band. Video by Jan-Willem Dikker.

Parr’s new album, Dog, is out now on Red House Records.

Piano teacher has openings for new students

Openings for piano lessons for the 2017 school year and beyond! Email [email protected] or call 218-464-3287.

Charlie Parr – “Peaceful Valley”

“Peaceful Valley,” from Charlie Parr’s album Dog is a fantasy of closing the door, drinking coffee, listening to records and becoming a good recluse.

Animation by Jake Huffcutt.

Charlie Parr discloses depression in City Pages feature

Duluth musician Charlie Parr is featured in this week’s issue of the Twin Cities tabloid City Pages. In an interview with freelance writer Erica Rivera, Parr acknowledges a life spent battling depression and suicidal thoughts.

“It affects everything that I do, all day, every day — and all night,” he says.

Story link: Man of constant sorrow: Charlie Parr’s quiet battle to stay alive

Parr performs at Sacred Heart Music Center on Thursday in support of his new album, Dog.

Breanne Marie and the Front Porch Sinners – “Carousel”

New video for “Carousel” by Breanne Marie & the Front Porch Sinners. Shot at Chester Bowl by Michelle Truax of Duluth.com. From their upcoming album Wildflowers & Tumbleweeds, recorded at Sparta Sound with Rich Mattson.

The record release party is Saturday, Sept. 16 at Beaner’s Central.

Nat Harvie Trio – “Nat Harvie’s Birthday”

Directed by Caitlin Nielson. Crowdfunding campaign info at indiegogo.com.

Bob Dylan Hates Me

Absurd animated tales of encounters with Bob Dylan from filmmaker Caveh Zahedi.

Duluthian Sadik Hakim featured on Jazz Profiles blog

“In 1982, the music world lost a legend with the death of Thelonious Monk. At Monk’s funeral, thousands gathered to pay their respects. One of Monk’s former colleagues sat at the piano and played, according to legendary jazz writer Ted Joans, “a sad but soulful” version of Monk’s own “’Round Midnight.” That pianist was Duluth-native Sadik Hakim, who played and recorded with jazz icons from the 1940s to the 1980s. Down Beat magazine described him as “one of the unsung veterans who helped forge the bebop revolution.”

Sadik Hakim: A Remembrance by David Ouse

Iron Range to host inaugural craft beer festival

The Iron Range’s first craft beer festival is on tap this Saturday in Virginia. In addition to a craft beer village, the Olcott Fountain Brew Fest will feature food, live music and kids’ activities.

The event is a fundraiser organized by the Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Committee, whose mission is to restore the park’s historic fountain to its former glory.

“It’s the first brew fest north of Duluth. We seem to have a lot of interest from all over the Iron Range, which is awesome,” says Carly Gobats, who curated the event’s brewery and music lineup and serves as the its volunteer coordinator.

Witness Relocation

When I moved to Duluth from San Francisco in July 2004, my fiancé Jeremy and I rented a first-floor apartment in a 100-year-old house on Third Street. The elegant flight of stairs inside our foyer was an egress for the upstairs apartment, so we had to keep the door between us unlocked. Jeremy didn’t seem worried; he had been living in Ely, where everyone leaves their keys in the ignition. Turned out our upstairs neighbors were a couple of women who rescued abandoned baby animals and nursed them with eye droppers. I stopped worrying about it, too.

From our back porch we grilled brats, drank Lake Superior Special Ale, and gazed at the brewing company’s namesake. I had never had a porch, a grill, or a view this pretty. As I looked across the blue water I felt my shoulders relax. I felt off the map, like a witness relocated: no one from my past life could find me here unless I wanted them to.

Then one morning in the window of Positively 3rd Street Bakery I saw someone from my past on a poster for the Bayfront Blues Festival: Koko Taylor. Now I was old enough to see her sing. The last time I was not, and that was a long time ago.

Girl from the North Country reviews are in

The Stage, a weekly British newspaper and website covering the entertainment industry, has compiled reviews of the new Bob Dylan-inspired play set in 1930’s Duluth. Girl from the North Country, written and directed by Conor McPherson, opened earlier this month at the Vic Theater in London.

Critic Fergus Morgan notes the show “boasts a large, diverse cast, and 20 Dylan songs from across his career, pared down and rearranged for the stage by Simon Hale and performed by a live, onstage band.” The setting is described as “a run-down Minnesota guesthouse during the Great Depression. We’re in Duluth, Dylan’s place of birth, seven years before the singer-songwriter entered the world.”

Duluth Album Releases in 2007

Trampled by Turtles
Trouble
(March 19)
Available on iTunes

Low
Drums and Guns
Sub Pop Records (March 20)
Available on Bandcamp

The Hotel Coral Essex
Glisten
(April 27)
Available on Bandcamp