Music

​“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.

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​Pulling the emotion out

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 28th, 2018

Lord BuffaloBy Octavio Gomez and Sabrina Hornung
octavio@hpr1.com, sabrina@hpr1.com

There’s a certain level of intensity, maybe even urgency, behind the sound of the Austin-based mud folk band Lord Buffalo. Their atmospheric sound paints sonic soundscapes as stark as the desert landscapes they’re inspired by. It only makes sense that they would catch the ear of Austin filmmaker Keith Maitland and that their work would be featured on the soundtrack for his film “Tower.”

“Tower” made it’s…

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​MSUM sure plays a mean pinball

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 28th, 2018

It’s probably safe to say that most people have heard of The Who, one of those bands that, like The Beatles or The Rolling Stones, have left an indelible mark on musical and cultural history. With a career spanning over five decades, their music has found its way into television, film, and stage. And of course, if we’re talking about the stage, we can’t neglect to mention their concept album “Tommy.”

Since “Tommy” was unleashed on the world in 1968, the album has seen a lot…

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​“Sometimes nostalgic, sometimes sad, sometimes happy and excited about the future.”

by Chris Larson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 28th, 2018

Moody River - photograph by Haney's PhotographyI was a bit taken back by drummer Corey Krueger’s heartfelt and honest response when I asked him how he feels when he listens to Big Bad World, the latest release from The Moody River Band which has been over six years in the making. Then again, perhaps I shouldn’t have been because even the press release for the show makes mention of exactly why this album has been not only emotionally trying for the band to release, but also why it has been hidden away from the public for so…

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​A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 28th, 2018

Holler Jake - photograph provided by Evie AndrusKnoxville, Tennessee-based violinist Evie Andrus has played the violin for most of her life, in fact she and her brother Wild Hands bassist Joe Andrus grew up playing in the family bluegrass band. She’s currently part of a five-show midwest tour with classic rock legends Foreigner as part of the backing orchestra.

Fortunately, her band Holler Jake had a break in their touring schedule to meet up with Wild Hands for a wild night at Sidestreet this coming Saturday. Rumor has it that the…

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​Get away from the cold with FM Symphony Orchestra

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 14th, 2018

Photograph by Scott ThuenIn Fargo, we are certainly used to long, cold winters, but that doesn’t make us any less anxious for them to end with each coming spring. The arrival of warmer weather means longer days and finally being able to see green again after several months.

It is with that in mind that the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra decided on the theme for the fourth concert in the 2017-2018 Sanford Health Masterworks series, “Sunny Getaway.”

“We thought ‘Sunny Getaway’ would simply be a fun…

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​Holler House and Technician: new split 10-inch

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 28th, 2018

Holler HouseBy Ben Rheault
hpr@hpr1.com

Holler House are back with a new split 10” on Jetsam-Flotsam Records, with fellow Minneapolis band Technician.

The band is gearing up for their Minneapolis release party by playing The Aquarium this Friday. I emailed Holler House’s drummer and graphic designer Mike Novak a few quick questions before they rip up the stage on Friday.

High Plains Reader: Last time I reviewed your self-released “Lodge” (2016). There was a quote in there stating, "We're…

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​Cultivating songs and stories with Josh Ritter

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 28th, 2018

By Howard Hardee
hhardee21@gmail.com

Josh Ritter says songs are like hiccups. He'll be doing something mundane and a tune will pop into his head involuntarily, as if due to some reflexive bodily function. But he doesn't question where the melody came from or how it appeared: he just makes sure to capture it in the moment.

"Over time, I've grown less and less concerned about not being able to sit down and write a song," he says. "I just have to be ready to write when it hits me. I don't…

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​New Direction Fest 7

by Jack Stenerson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 21st, 2018

TND - photograph by Kaytlin DarginThe New Direction had no shows booked in January 2012 so one of our co-founders, Charley Wang, decided to put together the First New Direction Fest out of complete necessity. He reached out to 18 local bands to play our little basement over three nights. It went well enough for us to be able to pay our bills that month.

By the next year, Charley was a new dad, so he didn’t have the time to put together the next fest. I took it over and moved it to the end of February, to coincide with…

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​Wild Hands: ‘Growing Like a Weed’: a feast for the ears, eyes and soul

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 21st, 2018

“There is one all-around theme to the record, but each record has its own individual idea, mostly that going back and forth of finding out where home is.” said Max Patzner, guitarist, artist and lead vocals of the Minot-based indie folk band Wild Hands. He went on to say, “We wrote these songs over the span of two years while we were traveling, so there's a lot of highway references.”

Wild Hands bassist Joe Andrus added, “We recorded it together as a three piece--then added…

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​Civility is for the Birds

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By Tayler Klimektklimek@cord.eduTucked in the back of Roberts Street Studio, if you follow the “yellow brick road” (a funny story, if you get the chance to ask her), you are likely to find local artist Mackenzie Kouba working…

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