Music Posts

Cloud Cult – “Song from Oblivion,” “Victor,” “Back Into My Arms”

From the woods of Wisconsin, Craig Minowa of Cloud Cult performs three songs from the band’s recently released album Metamorphosis. Shot for the Soundcheck podcast on a balmy 30-degree day, the three clips feature Minowa playing in the snow with an acoustic guitar, with the rest of the band on backing tracks.

Japancakes – “Duluth 7.5”

Twenty years ago today — March 21, 2002 — the band Japancakes released its album Belmondo as volume 19 of Darla Records’ ambient Bliss Out series. The album features the track “Duluth 7.5.” Note, however, that the tune gets second-class status among music that references Duluth because the band is from Athens, Ga., and therefore is almost certainly referring to Duluth, Ga.

Chickenbone George holds court

“Chickbone George” Alan Sparhawk of the Black-eyed Snakes encouraged the crowd to “dance against tyranny” Saturday at Duluth Cider during the “Stand with Ukraine” concert. Charlie Parr opened the show.

Duluth’s Sadkin release Mirage

Single cover art

Sadkin | Mirage

Mirage, Sadkin’s new single, is out on all major streaming services, including Bandcamp. We cordially invite you to have a listen.

Lanue – “Fire in My Mind” (Lyric Video)

Sarah Krueger’s musical project Lanue has a new five-song EP titled Fire in My Mind coming out April 15. The lyric video for the title track was directed by Krueger.

Sacred Heart releases album recorded during lockdown

Sacred Heart Music Center is releasing an album recorded during empty-building, pandemic-lockdown concerts live streamed over its YouTube channel in 2020 and 2021.

A listening party for Live from the Heart: The Sacred Heart Music Center Quarantine Sessions will be held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, March 20 at Ursa Minor Brewing, 2415 W. Superior St. in Duluth. The free event will feature the first public airing of the album, CDs for sale, drink specials, pizza and more.

Trampled by Turtles announce grant and Bayfront concert

Bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles has announced its return to Bayfront Festival Park. The Duluth-formed group will perform July 9 with special guest Jenny Lewis.

The band also announced it is partnering with the Homegrown Music Festival on a grant to “battle against artistic mediocrity.” The $5,000 Palomino Grant is available to musicians in, or within 20 miles of, Duluth and Superior and can be used for things like recording, gear and touring. Applications are being taken through Google Forms, which must be submitted by the first day of Homegrown, May 1. The grant winner will play the opening slot of the Bayfront concert.

The Slice: Rick McLean – “Lilies & Cilantro”

Duluth’s Rick McLean has been working on a several new songs, including “Lilies & Cilantro.” He opens the St. Paddy’s Day Bluegrass Blowout at Duluth Cider on Thursday.

In its series The Slice, WDSE-TV presents short “slices of life” that capture the events and experiences that bring people together and speak to what it means to live up north.

Mary Bue and Laura Seitz – “Aftermath”

Occasional Duluthian Mary Bue‘s new song “Aftermath” is being released today at 7 p.m. with a special livestream benefiting the Minnesota Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Co-written with children’s author Laura Seitz following the suicide of one of her friends, the song documents the grieving process. Seitz grew up in Virginia, Minn. and graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Lindula Brothers – “A Cold Day in Duluth”

From the Lindula Brothers‘ 2020 self-titled album, a little song about coming home.

Nat Harvie and Adelyn Strei ice sheet jam sesh

Duluth Album Releases in 2022

Abe Curran
Self titled
(Jan. 11)
Available on Spotify

The Christopher David Hanson Band
(Feb. 10)
Available on Bandcamp

Vanilla Bloom
(Feb. 22)
Available on

Low – “All Night”

The seventh music video release from Duluth band Low‘s 2021 album Hey What is directed by Azalia Snail.

Low’s album was nominated for a Grammy in the category “Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical” for the work by mastering engineer BJ Burton. The Recording Academy has announced the rescheduled date for the 2022 Grammy Awards show, which was postponed due to COVID-19. It will air on April 3 at 7 p.m. on the CBS network, KBJR channel 6.2 in Duluth.

Song Release: Sydney Hansen’s “Somebody’s Nobody”

Duluth’s Sydney Hansen has a new single on various streaming platforms. She cowrote the song with Nashville’s Bill DiLuigi.

New Salty Dog – “Done and Done” (Live in the Kitchen)

What’s all that noise in Duluth’s Endion neighborhood? Damn New Salty Dog is jamming in the kitchen again.

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