The Current Goes to Duluth 2018: Meet three artists you’ll hear live at Bent Paddle 

by Colleen Cowie · July 26, 2018


This weekend marks one of The Current’s favorite summer traditions, The Current Goes to Duluth

Our first stop will be Bent Paddle Brewing, where Mike Novitzki and Jade will be joined by three Duluth artists. If you can’t be there to enjoy the music in person, you can hear one of each band’s songs live on The Current. Here’s what you need to know about each of these Duluth locals before Friday’s broadcast.

Feeding Leroy sprouted from the collaboration between…

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REVIEW - The Reader - "Swell"  

Original article can be found here.

Alamode: Swell 

Thursday Feb. 8th, 2018 

by Paul Whyte


Between 2015 and 2016 a hybrid band formed in Duluth between members of the soul and funk group, Big Wave Dave & The Ripples, and the indie pop rock group, The People Say Fox. The band known as Play Date was met with general enthusiasm no doubt due to the band already having a bit of a fan base from other projects but also the fact that their sound was fairly unique for the area. There aren’t a whole lot of…

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The Walt Dizzo Show - Live On KUWS 91.3  

"I'm on the radio tonight and wow do I have a special evening planned... I'll be welcoming members of both Àlamode and Superior Siren to play tracks from their brand new records and chat about their weekend release shows. All that plus my usual selection of interesting musical picks. Tune in tonight!"  - Walt Dizzo

The Walt Dizzo Show | 10pm - 1am | 91.3 FM KUWS

Pressroom Podcast: Local pop band Alamode talks release of debut album 

By The Duluth News Tribune 01/10/18


Nathan Holte and Alex Piazza of the Duluth band Àlamode join hosts Christa Lawler and Brooks Johnson to talk about the band’s debut album “Swell.”  

The pop/disco/dance/“slovakian folk” band is shaking things up around the Twin Ports, which has gotten really bluegrass centric.  

Three songs off the album “Swell” are available on Spotify. The record release show is Saturday, January 13 at The Rex Bar at Fitgers in Duluth.




Duluth area offers music for everyone 

Condensed from The Duluth News Tribune

By Tony Bennett on Aug 31, 2017 at 1:27 p.m.


It's the waning days of summer, and that means college students are once again arriving in the area to begin a new year. Of course, they'll also be looking to find out just which musical acts are worth checking out when they get a break from book learnin' and want to take in some live music. So, here's a quick primer on five local artists who are making waves in the Duluth/Superior scene that newbies to the area might…

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Homegrown Day 3 recap: Crowd surfing and mall culture 

Condensed from The Duluth New Tribune 
By Christa Lawler on May 3, 2017 at 7:55 a.m. 


Alamode is part-phenomenon, part-curiousity. The pop band formerly known as Play Date (blah blah blah, a long story about a serious-sounding cease and desist letter) has discovered some sort of sequins-and-synth magic with its fresh take on a retro sound. Not quite disco. Not quite yacht rock — but kind of. A lot of this is Nathan Holte in a shiny shirt — at least until he starts shedding layers — flashing…

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From Carebears to The Electric Witch: Duluth groups weigh in on their band name origins 

Duluth New Tribune
By Christa Lawler on Mar 9, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.


One thing to consider when selecting a band name: Has it already been trademarked by a rock band with royal-meets-couture lineage? 

This was the lesson for local pop-funk band known now, suddenly, as Alamode. Before they were Alamode they were Playdate, and a recent cease and desist letter from a Los Angeles-based lawyer told them they were infringing on a trademark. 

The official Playdate is listed on the online trademark database as…

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PLAYDATE Changes Band Name After Cease And Desist 

What's in a name? 

After recently receiving a cease and desist letter over the use of their name, the Duluth band formerly known as "PLAYDATE" is officially announcing the release of its new name: Àlamode