Music

​Fiddling around with Gaelynn Lea

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 18th, 2018

Gaelynn Lea - photograph by Raul Gomez

We had a chance to chat with Duluth native Gaelynn Lea at Winnipeg Folk Festival. Not only did she tell us how she developed her sound she told us about her experience winning the NPR Tiny Desk Concert and the trials and tribulations of touring life with a disability.

Gaelynn Lea: I’ve been playing violin for 24 years. I started in fifth grade. An orchestra came to my school and I remember really liking it and thinking... next year I need to join up with orchestra. This is awesome. I…

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​Relive Your End-Of-The-Century Punk Rock Fantasies

by Phil Hunt | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 18th, 2018

Ralphs Reunion - Battle at Sea 2005In 2005, the city of Moorhead forced a new vision of downtown on the corner of Main and 4th Street. Wine bars, bistros and yoga studios, I guess, were the thing, and punk-supported dive bars were not. Moorhead successfully gave Ralph’s the boot, saddening hundreds of local music fans and Ralph’s patrons who appreciated its homey, rough-hewn, clubhouse atmosphere.

“Back then I think I pretty much always got a pitcher of Bud,” Benjamin Erickson, a founding member of FUP (who play…

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​Digging a Prairie Pothole

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 18th, 2018

Boreal Gardens performing at Prairie Pothole 2017 - photograph provided by Prairie Pothole

There is a lot of wide open space in north central North Dakota. That is absolutely no secret. Plenty of fresh air and open skies punctuated by the occasional small town. That kind of real estate just seems to be asking for a music festival set out under the sun and stars. After all, if something like Burning Man can draw crowds to the middle of the desert, then why not more hospitable prairieland? All it would take is someone with the dedication to put it together. Recently, we…

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The mojo of Scott H. Biram

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 18th, 2018

Scott H. Biram - photograph by Raul Gomez

When asked if he’s played many folk festivals Texas bluesman Scott H Biram flashed a mischievous grin and chuckled as he gave us a quick “Noooo.” As he opened his set on Sunday afternoon he informed the crowd that he was sent to “terrorize folk fest.”  We had the opportunity to chat with Biram backstage at the Bur Oak stage at Winnipeg Folk Fest. 

When asked what his interpretation of folk music was he said, “The traditional way of looking at folk music is looking at…

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​For the love of Winnipeg

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 18th, 2018

Courtney Barnett - photograph by Raul Gomez

Paul Janeway of Saint Paul and the Broken Bones summed it up best during our interview backstage of the Main Stage at Winnipeg Folk Festival when he said “For me, folk music is really supposed to be the music of the common man. I think hip hop is just as much folk music as some dude with a guitar because it’s talking about real issues.” He went on to say, “Folk music is the music of the people trying to share their experiences.”

Saint Paul and the Broken Bones - photograph by Raul Gomez

Needless to say folk music is dynamic and is ever…

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​Soul Man

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 11th, 2018

Saint Paul and the Broken Bones - photograph by Raul Gomez

Saint Paul and the Broken Bones is known for their distinct R&B sound, with Paul Janeway’s soulful voice and powerful backing band, he exudes emotion--a true showman. He dresses the part and dominates the stage with an almost effortless grace. 

As we sat down for our interview backstage at the Main stage of the Winnipeg Folk Festival the Birmingham, Alabama native was extremely charismatic, a true example of southern charm as we visited like we’d known each other for years. He shared…

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​Keeping Up with the Barnaby Jones

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 27th, 2018

Barnaby Jones

In the beginning of July our very own KRFF Radio Free Fargo will be having another one of their benefit concerts at The Aquarium. These fun, affordable concerts have been a great way to raise money for the station, to allow local bands and musicians to showcase their talents, and provide a diving board into the Fargo music scene for those who are still unfamiliar with it.

This addition to the series of concerts will be perfect for the hard rockers and metalheads among us, with No…

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​VINYL Parties in FM

by Hee Han | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 6th, 2018

Front Street Taproom has struck up a relation with local record shop, Vinyl Giant. There are two events where turntables are set up and people can play their records. Every Wednesday they host Vinyl Night from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. DJ AP plays a huge role in helping organize the DJs and always lays down a killer set. He is a Minneapolis native, and has been DJing for over 15 years.

“DJs usually do about an hour set and we are always looking for new people who are interested in playing…

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World Record Wreckers

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 31st, 2018

Design by Raul Gomez

Those who were reading our publication last summer may remember when I wrote about a certain individual named Julian Ruck who played the ukulele for 30+ hours continuously in a bid to break the world record. So naturally, when Ruck came back into town with another musical project in mind, I knew I had to write the story.

Almost a year has gone by and a lot has happened, but Ruck is still a man who devotes a lot of time and energy into bringing people together and inspiring musical…

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​Blazing her own trail: Nikki Lane

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 17th, 2018

Design by Raul Gomez

Nikki Lane is a trailblazer. Her unique voice could be described as a cross between Wanda Jackson’s grit and Neko Case’s hauntingly smoky vocals. It’s classic and it’s fresh. In 2017 she won an Ameripolitan award in the category of best female outlaw country artist.Though she says this year is a slow year, on average she spends approximately nine months of the year on tour. While on the road she finds time to scour the second hand stores and antique shops. In a past life she was…

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