Music

​Demifiend to haunt KRFF show

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 24th, 2017

Nine band lineup at The Aquarium

Local radio listeners are likely to be familiar with 95.9 Radio Free Fargo, a station devoted to serving the Fargo-Moorhead area and run completely by volunteers.

The station plays a little bit of everything. It’s possible to tune in at different times of the day and hear everything from underground bands to R&B to alternative rock, as well as talk shows and news of local interest.

Of course, every Thursday at 8 PM there is “Locals on the 8”, the…

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​Knot your average band

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 24th, 2017

They know it’s only rock ‘n roll, but they like it

The Knotties’ sound is gritty--maybe even a little bit dirty, but it’s only rock n’ roll right? Front man Channing Minnema’s throaty vocals evoke a sound well beyond the young band’s years. The Knotties are a four-man blues rock band consisting of Channing Minnema (guitar and vocals), Josh Wilcox (guitar and vocals), Michael Mooridian (bass and vocals), and Jon Hunter (percussion).

They’ve gotten a reputation in Fargo…

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​Kwaician Traylor’s musical trail to Fargo

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 17th, 2017

At twenty years of age a lot of us are still figuring out what to do with our lives. Whether we’re still in school, trying to find that dream job, or even just trying to move out of our parents’ house, the pieces of our lives usually haven’t fallen into place by that point.

The same can’t be said of local musician Kwaician Traylor.

Born and raised in Chicago before moving to downstate Illinois and eventually Fargo, Traylor has been blazing a path for his musical career through…

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​So now what?

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 17th, 2017

By Sabrina Hornung and Tom Bixby

sabrina@hpr1.com

When we had the pleasure of catching up with The Shins indie rock mastermind James Mercer, the band was in Virginia. Featured in the movie “Garden State” in 2004, their single “New Slang” was endorsed by Natalie Portman’s character as a song that would “change your life.” 13 years and five albums later they’re bigger and better than ever with a few new tricks up their sleeves.

HPR: When did you develop your musical…

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​Locals unite!

by Martin Beckmann | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 10th, 2017

To the outside world, Fargo, ND is possibly thought as nothing more than a boring, redneck infested, frozen tundra, or a flyover between coasts. In other circles, we are likely thought of as violent, odd speaking caricatures of Midwesterners because of how we’re portrayed in modern pop culture thanks to THAT little movie and tv series you may have heard of. Most will not think of us as a growing epicenter for artistic expression, but this is swiftly becoming the reality. Locals on…

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​What makes a band a band

by Ashley Murtha | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 3rd, 2017

The Human Element of Fargo started off as a cover band by the name of Matty J and Friends in the winter of 2014. Originally the band only consisted of three members -- Matt Johnson, Andrew Overby, and Seth Holden.

But then they played a gig with Kari Marie Steen and everything just fell into place. The group became a new band with their own original sound and now they have their debut album coming out May 5.

I was able to sit down with them and talk about their experiences with the band…

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​Sidestreet Jam: 2003 reunion show

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 26th, 2017

By Sabrina Hornung and Tom Bixby sabrina@hpr1.com

Going back in time for one night only, the Sidestreet Grille presents a powerfully nostalgic show. You’ll remember where you were and what you shouldn’t have done!

And how to describe Pat Lenertz? Congenial and approachable, a staple and a stalwart of the music scene, producer and organizer, and all-around good citizen. We were lucky to run into him!

High Plains Reader: How long has the reunion been in the works?

Pat Lenertz: I had the…

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​Pump up the juice

by Tessa Torgeson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 19th, 2017

High Plains Reader: Jucifer is incredible and unique for so many reasons, one being your longevity as you’ve been around since the early 90s, known for your never-ending tour schedule and decibel-crushing, high octane performances juxtaposed with quieter Americana-infused songs. What advice do you have for musicians who are just starting out - about finding their sound, niche, and audience?

Amber Gazelle Valentine: First of all, thank you! And really, the main thing I want to tell…

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D Mills & the Thrills talk writing, their new album, and sensuality

by Ben Haugmo | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 19th, 2017

High Plains Reader: Can we start by talking about finding your beginnings in music, how you guys got started?

Diane Miller: I grew up with pop music, as a little kid, always was drawn to it. I guess I got my start rapping in college. I’ve always been able to rap, had the ability to do it.

HPR: Freestyling or putting it together first?

DM: Writing. A tiny bit in high school, but then I got my start writing in college. But I could always rap over a track that I liked, since I was very…

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​Township

by Jack Stenerson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 12th, 2017

I'm currently in the back of a hot, cramped van driving through the middle of nowhere, Kansas, with the Wisconsin indie rock band Township.

Matt Weinberger, their guitarist, is driving and choosing the music (it's Alistair Hennessy right now). Nicki Halverson, (vocals) is playing Breath of the Wild on his Nintendo Switch, something he has been doing pretty much this whole tour. Ben Wittlinger (bass) is staring out the window watching the countless corn and cattle farms go by. Andy…

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Humor

​Talking to strangers

by Sabrina Hornung

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Wellness

​Natural sleep aids

by Erin Oberlander

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​The other shoe

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