Music Posts

Shippee – “Jolene”

Duluth’s Blake Shippee, known for his work as front man of the bands Boxcar and Glen’s Neighbor, has a solo album set for release Oct. 12. His new music video is for a song about anxiety. It’s directed by Richard Medek of Bones & Wire. Familiar scenes in the video include the West Theater and Pizza Lucé.

Walt Dizzo on ‘The Local’ spinning Duluth oldies

Longtime KUWS radio host Walt Dizzo crossed the bridge to appear on WDSE “The North” for the Sept. 28 episode of “The Local.” Joining the show’s host, Malachy Koons, Dizzo dove into rare finds from his personal collection to share on the show, which generally features more modern local music. Three tracks were from the present millennium, but most of them were golden oldies. The episode is archived online an can be listened to at

Low Concerts on the Internet Archive

There are an array of Low concerts available on the Internet archive. Joy joy joy while also vaguely restful.

The master list of recordings is at

Trampled by Turtles – “A Lifetime to Find”

The new Trampled by Turtles album Alpenglow is scheduled for release Oct. 28. The album’s producer, Jeff Tweedy wrote the song “A Lifetime to Find,” which he recorded with his band Wilco for the album Cruel Country.

Sonofmel – “Grand Marais” (Live at Billings Park)

John “Sonofmel” Adler was joined around the firepit at Billings Park in Superior by a supporting cast of musicians for the song “Grand Marais,” during a Superior Porchfest event on Sept. 8. Ben “Jammin” Anderson of Ben15 Studios shot the video.

Emily Haavik – “Do You Think You Protect Me?”

Last year a small team of women in Duluth and Minneapolis, each from a different artistic discipline, received funding from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council to produce a multimedia piece drawing attention to the lack of safety for women and the need for accountability from men. The result is “Do You Think You Protect Me,” an original dance music video.

Torment – “No Hope”

Duluth band Torment has a new deathcore/beatdown single from the upcoming album Swallow Your Teeth. The animated lyric video was put together by Dwi Nugraha with Genoicide Artwork.

Big Sky Woody – “#36”

Another Big Sky Woody tune available for free on Bandcamp.

Sydney Hansen – “Getting Somewhere Slow”

Duluth’s Sydney Hansen has a new single — “Getting Somewhere Slow” — with a video directed by Bo Allen of Bopro Video.

Charlie Parr on Writing Songs

Charlie Parr shares insights with Kyle Orla about how he wrote “1922 Blues,” “Remember Me if I Forget,” and his songwriting process in general.

Sadkin – “Mirage”

Last fall Sadkin made a video for the single “Mirage.” It is finally out today.

Trampled by Turtles – “On the Highway”

The new Trampled by Turtles music video, “On the Highway” aka “Return of the Owl Face,” was shot and edited by Cooper Baumgartner. The band’s upcoming album Alpenglow, is scheduled for release Oct. 28.

The Slice: The Committed Duo

Juraj Kols and Jennifer Beattie, together known as the Committed Duo, performed music on a sinking barge off Minnesota Point in Duluth during the the second annual SubSuperior Underwater Music and Art Festival in July.

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.

Torment – “Brain Bleed”

Duluth hardcore band Torment has an album in the works called Swallow Your Teeth. The first single is featured in this animated lyric video put together by Dwi Nugraha with Genoicide Artwork.

Selective Focus: Dirtbike Boyfriend

Bret Holland pops a wheelie while finishing a dirt bike race

Photo by Gary Walton

Bret Holland, or “Dirtbike Boyfriend,” is a multimedia artist based in Duluth. His art — encompassing doodles, denim painted clothing, music and more — explores themes both personal and political. And yes, he does ride dirt bikes.

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