Music

​A fistful of Anthrax

by James Osborne | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 16th, 2018

Anthrax band

When I was 13 the “Big 4” of thrash metal ruled the planet. Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax were so cool that my older brother hid their tapes for fear that me becoming a fan would make them instantly uncool.

Charlie Benante is Anthrax’s drummer. I always knew who Charlie was but not really because drummers tend to get relegated to the figurative background as well. When I think of Anthrax, I think of Joey Belladonna and Scott Ian. Joey because he’s the singer and has…

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​Off the beaten path with Corb Lund

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 16th, 2018

Corb Lund - photograph by by Denise DeBelius

I felt a little silly opening our interview asking Canadian singer songwriter Corb Lund whether he raised cattle or not.

“I’m not home enough to even have a cat,” Lund said. “My family has cows. That’s kind of the irony -- the more I sing Western music the less time I have to actually live that way.

“That’s how I grew up and that’s what my family ancestry is based off of. Both sides of my family came from Utah and Nevada in the late 1800s and then moved up to Canada around…

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​America comes to Fargo

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 9th, 2018

America

“It’s kind of a fuzzy memory, but basically the fact that we were ‘those American kids’ but also listened to the jukebox at the base cafeteria called the ‘Americana’ and the band Chicago had just come out recently and we thought, well that’s interesting, they named themselves after a city, so what the heck?” Dewey Bunnell said. He was one of the founding members of the 70s folk rock trio America.

“We’ll name ourselves after the whole country,” Bunnell said. “It…

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​Finger pickin’ good

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 2nd, 2018

John Andrus BAND President

When musician and Bluegrass Association of North Dakota (BAND) President John Andrus checks out live music in the local bars throughout the state he’s happy to see that the spirit of bluegrass music lives on through multiple generations. 

“I’m amazed how many of the people there are musicians checking stuff out," Andrus said. "Young people wanting to check out the music or something like it. It’s not necessarily straight bluegrass, but some of them have music of their own but…

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​New Brandi Carlile album forgives and you won’t forget

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 25th, 2018

Brandi Carlile - photograph by Cindy NicholsBy Cindy Nichols
cindy.nichols@ndsu.edu

I find myself almost weepy with appreciation, these days, for any small reprieve I can find from chronic sickness-at-heart; any small mercy that either helps me to forget about 45 for an hour, or actually wakes me up again to how many amazingly good people live in this country. Seattle-area vocalist Brandi Carlile is one of those kindnesses, a kind of tonic for the times, along with her sixth and newest album, By the Way, I Forgive You.

I was able…

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​Viva la vinyl!

by Hee Han | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 18th, 2018

Record Store Day is all about music artists and fans celebrating “the culture of the independently owned record store.” A variety of unique and special releases are pressed for Record Store Day and those are only distributed to participating stores. At this moment, Fargo-Moorhead record shops couldn’t be more excited for this event. Vinyl Giant, Orange Records, Mother’s and Phat Kat Antiques & Vintage Vinyl are participating in Record Store Day and stock up all the special lists…

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​This is what happens when you find a “Stranger in the Alps”

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

Phoebe Bridgers - photograph by FrankOckenfelsPhoebe Bridgers is a force. Her debut album “Stranger in the Alps” is soft, but mighty, it’s honest and it’s personal, her voice haunting, and lyrically her liner notes read like a journal. She provides insight to her fears, often alluding to drowning which she cites as her biggest fear. She sings about relationships and addresses her own depression and describes experiences that are all too relatable. Her sound is Elliott Smith meets Saint Vincent, collaborator, friend and…

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​A very grand finale for the 2017-2018 season

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 11th, 2018

This uncharacteristically cold and snowy April signals the close of another exciting season of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra’s Sanford “Masterworks” series with “A Very Grand Finale." This concert promises to be a romantic and bombastic farewell to the orchestra’s audience for the season.

First of all, the evening will begin with the live world premiere of a piece commissioned by the FM Symphony Orchestra for Dr. Dan Breedon, the professor of composition at Concordia…

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​Go big or go home: Margo Price

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

Margo Price - photograph by Sabrina HornungIt would be fair to say that Margo Price is an all-American girl. She’s a mother, a midwest farmer’s daughter, and a self-made musician who has built her musical career from the ground up. In fact she and her husband pawned their car and her wedding ring in order to record her 2016 debut “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter,” which was also the first country album to be released by Third Man Records.

In fact it’s the very stuff that good country songs are made of.

“It was my…

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​“It’s cold but things grow”: Boreal Gardens

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 4th, 2018

Art by Richard LoewenWhen asked how they would describe their sound the Bismarck-based seven-piece Americana band, Boreal Gardens, replied, “We have many different influences, but we can try to describe our sound as Elvis Costello meets the Rolling Stones.” Add a horn section and some airy yet soulful vocals and you’ll have the diverse sound that reflects the band’s folk, rock and soul influences.

HPR had the opportunity to correspond with Boreal Gardens collectively via email.

High Plains Reader: …

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