The Homegrown Music Festival is Duluth’s annual showcase of rawk and/or roll devil music. It began as a simple birthday party with a handful of bands and a bunch of beer. Now it’s a complete bureaucracy, run by a volunteer steering committee and a board of directors, featuring over 180 musical acts, along with a few filmmakers and other artists.
Formed in a dank basement during one of the coldest winters on record in Duluth, Minnesota, guitarist Mike Messina and drummer Jake Paulsrud (Dirty Horse/Dad’s Acid) started writing psycho-sludge experiments that sounded too stoned to be metal, and too baneful to be indie-rock. They recruited renown hard-core guitar sorceress Mindy Johnson (The Keep Aways) and magi-roots bassist Brian Wells (Dirty Horse) to flesh-out the menacing sound, and Wolf Blood came to life. Their seven-song recording debut opens with the haunting single Witch. From there…you’re on your own for the next 35 feral, blood stained minutes.
Duluth singer-songwriter / multi-media artist Toby Thomas Churchill released his acclaimed second solo record, Where Is My Rumspringa Darling?, on Chaperone Records in November 2014 to rave reviews, and a growing buzz in the Minneapolis music scene. Churchill’s dynamic live band is comprised of Danny Cosgrove, his longtime collaborator in The Alrights, along with the Grave Trio rhythm section (Roma di Luna, WAREY) consisting of James Everest (Lateduster) Ryan Lovan (Romantica) and guitarist / producer Ben Durrant (Andrew Bird, DOSH), who recorded the new TTC album at his Crazy Beast studio in Minneapolis.
Named after the steep, unoccupied wild-space of west-central Duluth juxtaposed with its mammoth radio towers, RED MOUNTAIN is the moniker of Duluth-based, multi-media artist Anton Jimenez-Kloeckl (AJK).
Call it a dark supergroup with Jacob Swanson (Dad’s Acid, Planemo), Jake Larson (Manheat), Jesse Hoheisel (Portrait of Drowned Man) and Ryan Nelson (Bradical Boombox, the Farsights) teaming with gritty vocals from Rachel Phoenix to create what it calls “harrowing proto pop and garage soul.” Their groove is anchored in Larson’s distorted Moog bass tones that take flight using Phoenix’s raw power. The band debuted this past winter with fans of the band members’ other projects screaming a collective “yes, please.”