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Looking for a good time? Find inspiration and entertainment each week as The PlayList showcases local artists, preview performances, and gets you ready to partake in the best the north has to offer.

January 22, 2015 - Episode 603

Pop Punk from Low Forms, Venus DeMars + Robert D. Adams

Low Forms play hard-hitting beats with a pop punk spirit. The trio brings energy and attitude to original tunes and The PlayList this week. The band includes frontman Pete Biasi, Jeremy Ehlert on bass and Dave Frankenfeld on drums.

A punk rocker goes acoustic when Duluth native Venus DeMars records haunting vocals at Sacred Heart Music Center. The PlayList captures the session and perspective from Venus during a swing through the Twin Ports.

Battleship gameboards and bright colors find their way into Robert Adams artwork. The Duluth-based multi-media artist creates installations with a sense of humor and social commentary built in. He uses layers of cultural touchstones to invoke “the layering of experience that creates the self.”

January 29, 2015 - Episode 604

Ska box from Wood Blind, Carolyn Olson’s Abstracts + Percussionist Gene Koshinski

Wood Blind delivers a fresh & original ska sound with beatbox rhythms. The duo coined the term “ska box” to describe its approach. The band thrives on the buoyant guitar work of Jason Wussow and inventive, vocal percussion & stand-up bass playing by Veikko Lepisto.

Stylized whimsy covers the canvas when Carolyn Olson paints. The Duluth-based abstract painter is all about family, community and the art of everyday living. She combines simple, bold & vibrant colors in stylized compositions taken from her own perspective as a northern artist.

Jaw-dropping virtuosity is a signature part of Gene Koshinski -- the composer, teacher and percussion master has incredible percussion skills and a flair for the unexpected. The University of Minnesota Duluth music instructor travels the world performing and also plays with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.

February 5, 2015 - Episode 605

Composer Andrew Turpening, Dance on the Lakewalk & The Boomchucks

Cultural rhythms from Cuba and elsewhere inspire composer Andrew Turpening. Discover how his music takes shape. Elegant, edgy and fun, Doris Ressl builds an outdoor dance event along Duluth’s Lakewalk. The Boomchucks expand their repertoire of clever, Americana tunes, delivering fresh music in-studio for The PlayList.

February 12, 2015 - Episode 606

The Red Mountain Family rocks Duluth’s Bayfront Park

Join the Red Mountain Family for an enthralling musical experience complete with aerialist Alex Loch, stiltwalkers and fire dancers. The nine-piece band, led by multi-media artist Anton Jimenez-Kloeckl beguiles the ear with vocal harmonies, piano & a full horn section. The group is an amalgam of talented musicians with backgrounds in electronica, rock and pop.

February 19, 2015 - Episode 607

Music from Mary Bue, Healing arts with Lisa McKhann and photographer Heidi Mae Niska

Duluth-based singer/songwriter Mary Bue steps out with guitar in hand. Discover the power of healing through art with Project Lulu and founder Lisa McKhann. Peer through the lens of photographer Heidi Mae Niska for an intimate view of the north woods.

February 26, 2015 - Episode 608

Tobin Dack, Mixed-media artist Mary Plaster, Music from Eric Frost

Musician and DJ, Tobin Dack creates electro, drone and ambient music to set the mood. His recent work for a multimedia installation called Traveling Sophronia offers insight in to his collaborative approach. Larger-than-life puppets & masks mark the work of community organizer and mixed-media artist Mary Plaster, founder of Duluth’s annual All Soul’s festivities. Cook County musician Eric Frost shares his original compositions from the north coast.

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