Heatbox is the alter ego of Aaron Heaton, a Minneapolis based vocal performer who mixes beatboxing and acapella with a number of looping effects to create rich and complex songs with a hip hop vibe. He talks to Will Moore about his process and lets his unique personality out.
Host, Carl Unbehaun, presents a cavalcade of songs by Minnesota songwriters along with his musical musings! All new artists on this episode, from Manitoba to North Dakota to Minnesota. And we tell of a Utah brewery that paid off school lunch debt. All on MHB!
Ginger Commodore’s musical salute to Dr. Martin Luther King takes place at the Dakota in Minneapolis, Monday night January 20 at 7PM. It’ll be a party-like atmosphere at the Dakota, featuring a lot of music of the era of Dr King, much of which he really enjoyed. Ginger told Phil Nusbaum about it.
This Twin Cities singer/songwriter recently released his 15th album, Social Media Anxiety Disorder. We found out more when he joined us in the studio on October 10; he has a show the same night at Ursa Minor Brewing in Duluth’s Lincoln Park.
Mags David formed this women’s chorus in 1999 with a small group of beginners learning how to sing. The group has since expanded to 30-plus members, have released an EP, and have performed steadily including at several Homegrown Music Festivals. The group’s repertoire is a mix of traditional songs from the U.S., Europe, and West Africa as well as David’s originals and includes a playful mashup of Al Sparhawk of Low’s “Don’t Drop the Baby” and Jean Ritchie’s “What’ll I Do With the Baby-o?” This year, after 20 years, David has decided to bring the chorus to an end; their last few shows include an appearance at Petefest at Beaner’s Central on Thursday, June 6 and a final performance on Saturday, June 8 at UMD’s Weber Music Hall.
Life Parade is the brainchild of Cameron Mathews, who recorded the project’s pop-rock debut album, Suburban Life, by himself. When the album started getting some local airplay and positive reviews here. Mathews put together a band for live performances. We found out more about Duluth’s latest came-out-of-nowhere musical sensation when Mathews and company joined us in the studio on September 25.
Duluth blues guitarist Charlie Parr returns to WTIP – this time on Blues n’ Things with Carl Solander. Will Moore also joins as Charlie plays some of his new material on the air. He chats with Carl and Will about his latest self-titled album, his new experimental trio Portal III, and shares some of his formative musical memories of neighborhood polka bands and his favorite blues records.
Humbird is the musical project of Minneapolis songwriter Siri Undlin, who on her new album Pharmakon, explores mythological women and how their experiences would apply to our modern American life. She plays live on the air along with Pat Keen on bass and Pete Quirsfeld on percussion and keys, bringing a unique and rich sound to the airwaves.
Twin Cities country-folk group The Cactus Blossoms, led by brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum, return to the North Shore for a weekend of music a Papa Charlie’s in Lutsen. In an interview with Will Moore on Sidetracks, they talk about the new sound to their latest album Easy Way, how they write songs that have lasting meaning, and what it was like to featured on Showtime’s Twin Peaks: The Return series.
Odd Man Out features local musicians Drew Heinonen and Jonathan Steckelberg on guitar and bass respectively, along with Chris Paquette of Chicago on percussion. A childhood friend of Drew’s, Chris plays djembe drum and all sorts of diverse percussion in furious fashion. They join Will Moore and Ann Possis on the air as the first live musical guests on Wheels of Fire!
Rob and Jill are an Americana duo from Hibbing who bring lively tunes to any space they play in, with original music as well as covering songs by their friends and some of their favorite regional artists. Rob Wheeler and Jill Burkes chat with host Will Moore about their music and other interests including Tibetan singing bowls and kombucha.