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A double dose of the Little Black Books

Former Duluth rawk and/or roller Mark Lindquist has released two new videos — “They’re Never Wrong” and “Fading Captain” — to promote his band the Little Black Books‘ midnight gig on May 5 at Rex Bar during the Homegrown Music Festival. In recent years Lindquist has lived in Crow Wing County, near the geographical center of Minnesota, so Duluth gigs have been rare. He plans to reunite with drummer Jim Hagstrom and guitarist Bob Olson for this year’s Homegrown show.

Duluth Band Profile: Dance Attic

Dance Attic PDDDance Attic dusts off the antiques from your grandparents’ house. Jimi Cooper and Suzi Ludwig explain how Cabin Fever creates its own type of magic. Click on the image above to hear the podcast.

Upcoming gigs:

April 28 Dance Attic CD Release at Beaner’s Central

May 2 at Vikre Distillery during Homegrown Music Festival

Paul McCartney booked to play Duluth … Georgia

Paul-Mccartney

Paul McCartney announced a set of U.S. summer tour dates yesterday. According to a City Pages story and comments on paulmccartney.com the press materials for the tour originally stated it “takes Paul to three cities and venues he’s never played before” including a July 13 show “at the Infinity Energy Arena in Duluth MN.” McCartney’s website has since fixed the error, clarifying that the Infinity Energy Arena is in Duluth, Ga.

Duluth Band Profile: Reflectivore

Reflectivore PDDAllen Cragin and Ryan Rusch of Reflectivore walk the line between life and death. After the loss of Cragin’s wife, their self-titled album doesn’t shy away from the joy and desperation of the healing process. Click on the image above to hear the podcast.

Upcoming gig:
May 6 at the Red Herring Lounge during Homegrown Music Festival

 

Glen’s Neighbor: Unraveling the Mystery

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This is one heckuva story about an amazing band you might never have heard of, but are sure to love. I plumbed the depths on this one by inviting myself to philosopher/frontman Blake Shippee’s home, joined him on his daily six-mile roundtrip walk to work, became an audience at a full rehearsal, and more. Along the way, I lost my mind a bit. The perils of immersive writing… Check out this inspiring story for yourself at Ed’s Big Adventure, and become richer for it.

Duluth Band Profile: Tender Ness

Tender Ness PDDPeter Witrak’s Tender Ness blends lounge, soul, and vocal jazz. When he talks about the process of making Blues and Oranges, he explains how music transcends a sense of self and creates moments of beauty.

Upcoming gigs:

April 29 at Beaner’s Central for Tender Ness 007 Party

May 6 at Teatro Zuccone during Homegrown Music Festival

Duluth Band Profile: Chase Down Blue

Chase Down Blue PDDChase Down Blue creates its own mythos with Red V. The group’s blend of spacey, post-punk links earnest emotions with the feelings of Lake Superior. Click on the image above to hear the podcast.

Upcoming gig: 
May 3 at Kom-on-Inn during the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival 

PDD Quiz: Homegrown Band or Fairy Tale?

An illustration of a rooster .In honor of Homegrown Music Festival, which begins on April 30, this month’s quiz features a mix of Homegrown band names and fairy tales from around the world. Can you tell which is which? Take the quiz and see how well you know your field guide!

The next PDD Quiz will cover this month’s notable (and not-so-notable) news and will be published on April 30. E-mail question suggestions to Alison Klawiter at [email protected] by April 27.

Glen’s Neighbor – “Open Road”

Glen's Nieghbor - Your Unknown 2017Duluth-based bluegrass band Glen’s Neighbor releases its second album, Your Unknown, on April 21. The video for the first single, “Open Road,” was shot in October while the album was recorded at Pachyderm Studios. Shane Rock Nelson directed and edited the video; Dan Huiting handled the cinematography.

The band performs at Blacklist Artisan Ales on May 6 during the Homegrown Music Festival.

Duluth Band Profile: Kaylee Matuszak

Kaylee Matuszak’sKaylee Matuszak PDD aspirations for music began on the playground. With the release of her debut Stirring Skies, she isn’t stopping anytime soon. Click on the image above to hear the podcast.

Upcoming gigs:

May 6 at Sir Benedict’s during the Homegrown Music Festival

UMD Profile: Matthew Knudson

For a digital storytelling class in the journalism program at the University of Minnesota Duluth, junior Kevin Ott produced this short profile of senior Matthew Knudson.

Knudson is a music education major with an instrumental focus. From arranging his own music to working as a radio DJ at KUMD, het has immersed himself in music.

Ott and Knudson have been singing together in vocal jazz at UMD for two years. Ott selected Knudson as a subject because of his knowledge of music and the visually engaging environment in which he interacts with it.

Gin Street – “High Life”

Gin Street 2017Duluth band Gin Street released a two-song cassette in February titled Singles. The opening track, “High Life,” is featured in this new music video.

“We made it with an old box television set and no money,” says director Quentin Stille. “Also shouts out the titular beer, High Life, which we are all trying to live.”

Gin Street plays May 6 at Blacklist Artisan Ales during the Homegrown Music Festival and June 11 at Beaner’s Central during Pete Fest.

Duluth Band Profile: Mama’s Stolen Horses

Mama Stolen PDDKristoffer and Abby Jo Robin of Mama’s Stolen Horses steal the stage with their bend of folk and Americana. But, it’s how Abby Jo stole Kristoffer’s heart that keeps this duo alive. Click on the image above to hear the podcast.

Upcoming gigs:

April 28 at Beaner’s Central for Dance Attic’s CD Release Show

May 6 at Blacklist Artisan Ales during Homegrown Music Festival

Rachael Kilgour in City Pages

Rachael Kilgour City PagesDuluth’s Rachel Kilgour plays the Aster Café River Room in Minneapolis on April 8. She shared the story behind her new songs over tea and a light dinner in Uptown with Youa Vang for a story in City Pages:

Rachael Kilgour stands up for herself on ‘Rabbit in the Road’

Spring 2017 Duluth-area Beer Festival Primer

Beer-Fest

The United States now boasts over 5,000 craft breweries as the thirst for quality beer continues. The Twin Ports are clearly part of the trend. Duluth and Superior are home to eight breweries, with two more planning to launch in 2017. Several others dot the north and south shores of Lake Superior. The great news for beer aficionados: there’s no shortage of local beer and opportunities to taste the latest batches. The next three major swillfests are highlighted here.