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Duluth Homegrown Takeover with Low Forms, Southwire, and Black-eyed Snakes. Black Diet stops by to share some favorite local tracks ahead of Record Store Day

Duluth Home Grown Invasion 2014


This Week's In-Studio: Southwire, Low Forms & Black-eyed Snakes

A hoard of Duluth Homegrown musicians descended upon Radio K this Friday ahead of their show that night at the Turf Club and the eponymous weeklong music festival. How were we going to fit all of the band members, staff members, crew members, volunteers, managers and gear into Studio K? Somehow, out of all the chaos came one of the most exciting, organic, and sonically successful in-studio sessions I've had the pleasure of being a part of. It was a fitting way to kick off this year's Duluth Homegrown Music Festival

The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival is celebrating its 16th anniversery this year, April 27th through May 4th.  From what began as a birthday party a decade and half ago, the festival has grown to include over 180 bands performing over the course of eight days in Duluth and neighboring Superior, WI.  Southwire, Low Forms, and Black-eyed Snakes are just a few of many eclectic and talented bands to come out of the Duluth scene. You can find the schedule, as well as more info about the bands, here.


Southwire's infectious and indescribable mix of folk, gospel, and spoken-word lyrics earned them the honors of being selected as one of City Page's “Picked to Click” as well as one of First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2013. Their debut LP is out via Chaperone Records.


Catch them at The Clyde Iron Works in Duluth. Wed, 4/30 7pm




Low Forms recently released a self-titled 7” on Big Action Records, with a full length cassette tape slated for release later this year. The high energy power pop/rock trio have been recording and touring the Midwest since 2010.  We're excited to hear what's next. Make sure to catch 'em live-- Pete Biasi is a charismatic frontman and their performace was fun as hell.


Low Forms will be playing at R.T. Quinlans in Duluth. Sat 5/3 10pm


Black-Eyed Snakes are Minnesota scene vets. This neo-blues/rock outfit, fronted by Alan Sparhawk of Low, has been performing and recording for nearly 15 years. Receiving favorable nods from both local and national press, they infuse the genre with post-punk sensibilities and are known for their live performances, as is typical for any of Sparhawk's projects.


 They'll be at the Clyde Iron Works as well along with Southwire and Actual Wolf. Wed 4/30 7pm


This Week's Playlist

Mitch and Mugsy of Black Diet stopped by to chat about their new album Find Your Tambourine and their record release show at Hymie's Vintage Records on Saturday as part of the shop's extensive Record Store Day festivities. Radio K was there to capture it all, so stay tuned for live footage. In the meantime, why not check out their absolutely killer live session in Studio K?


Magic Castles “Imaginary Friends” from Magic Castles on 'a' Records

Catbath “Law of Average” from Small Time

Baby Guts “Dispelled” from The Kissing Disease on Guilt Ridden Pop

Black Diet “Unbroke” from Find Your Tambourine

Big Lake “Four Neighbors” from s/t

Best Friends Forever “Ghost Song” from Romance Conflict Adventure on Plan-It-X Records

Buzzers “parking lot” from Buzzers

TEENAGE MOODS “Fools Wonder” from Single

The Chambermaids “PRESSURE” from The Chambermaids on Modern Radio Record Label

Vats “Jogger” from iridescent intent on MJ MJ RECORDS

Toki Wright “Devil's Advocate” from A Different Mirror on Rhymesayers

Mally “Not Never...” from The Colors of Black on Fresh Heir, LLC.

Happy Apple “GO” from Minnesota Sur Seine

Ice “Soul Bosa Nova” from I DIG

BUFFALO MOON “Chica de Luna” from Selva Surreal on Six Degrees

The Cactus Blossoms “Cold Foot Boogie” from The Cactus Blossoms on Unsigned

Sean Anonymous “Hot To Death” from Anonymo on Sean Anonymous

France Camp “Baby Rock and Roll” from s/t

Moonstone Continuum “Elevator to the Hot Tub” from Salon Edition on Totally Gross National Product

The Sex Rays “POISON” from Single

Caroline Smith “Bloodstyle” from Half About Being A Woman on United Interests


Up Next


Mystery Date will be joining us in-studio to play some jams from their recently released 7” You and Your Sister. Check out the title track below.  And don't forget to tune in at 3pm next Friday!

xo -e