Music

​Basement’s Best Jesso simply swoons on “Goon”

by Stephen Anderson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 25th, 2015

Sometimes even those who know history well are doomed to repeat it.

Considering the recent deluge of albums by the likes of Father John Misty, Natalie Prass and Matthew E. White, it appears that the Nixon-era singer-songwriter heyday is seeing a second life some 40-odd years on.

Sure, it could be a mere coincidence that these records were all released in the span of a month, but upcoming releases by Cali soft-rockers Vetiver and jazz-folk picker Ryley Walker suggest otherwise, and the…

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​Help fund Amanda Standalone’s new album

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 18th, 2015

Photo by Amber Fletshock

Folk singer will release “Trouble” on March 28 at Ecce

Beloved local folk singer Amanda Standalone is on a mission to become a full-time musician. As a community we have an amazing opportunity to help her make that happen.

The songwriter has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund her latest solo album, “Trouble.” So far, she’s raised nearly a third of her $3,000 goal through this online crowdsourcing platform. People can donate any amount before the campaign ends on Friday,…

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​Around the world to Russia

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 18th, 2015

FM Symphony’s ‘Passion & Beauty’ channels Tchaikovsky, among others

In the wake of BeethovenFest, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony returns to its Masterworks Series this weekend, bound for Russia in this “Embrace the World” offering.

This season’s worldly theme has seen stops in South America and Asia for tastes of each region’s musical flavors. “Passion & Beauty,” the latest concert, takes audiences to Russia with the likes of composers Peter Tchaikovsky and Alexander…

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​Basement’s Best: ‘Fresh Blood’ preaches the gospel of Matthew E. White

by Stephen Anderson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 14th, 2015

In the wake of the peer-to-peer sharing boom and the mushrooming remix culture that it fueled, we face ambivalence as to what constitutes proper artistic appropriation. Looking back now, do we view Led Zeppelin as hacks or heroes for putting their own electric spin on the music of the American Delta?

Could a Tribe Called Quest have kicked it without “Walk on the Wild Side”? Should we give a damn about Foxygen or just put on “High Tide and Green Grass” and call it good?

The line…

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​Twin Cities Metal Invasion

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 11th, 2015

King Goro

By Paul Harvey Johnson

Metal bands King Goro and Ghost Hook both hail from the Twin Cities and will perform Saturday at The New Direction.

King Goro

I've had the delight of attending a handful of sweaty, booze-soaked basement shows to witness the three-piece assault that is King Goro. It is in that environment where this band thrives. One of the things that separates the group from a lot of other bands within the death metal and grindcore genre is its sense of humor and insatiable desire…

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​North Dakota’s own folkster gleams on ‘Perfect Abandon’

by Stephen Anderson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 4th, 2015

In reference to the carefree manner in which J.L. “Joe” Frank, an early Nashville country music promoter, wore his hat, the title of Tom Brosseau’s latest effort aptly shades the freewheeling music within.

In his ninth long-player, the Grand Forks, N.D.-bred singer-songwriter moseys through the album with a low-key lope, spinning aching story-song yarns all along the way.

Inspired by the spontaneous live sound of Elvis Presley’s early cuts for fabled country and western label…

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Basement’s Best: ​THEESatisfaction seeks transcendence on “EarthEE”

by Stephen Anderson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 2nd, 2015

Hip-hop has been, since its origin, an art form written in the present tense, the spray-painted writing on the wall still waiting to dry. Even before the genre was coined, primogenitors like Nina Simone and Gil Scott-Heron called ‘em as they saw ‘em, laying bare the ugly truths of a still-divided nation, leaving any sugarcoating for the nightly news. The genre’s “hear ye, hear ye” spirit is as strong as ever, as taut racial tensions fuel the hot spit of Run the Jewels and…

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​Fargo celebrates the music of Bob Dylan

by Kayla Culver | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 25th, 2015

Merrill Piepkorn

Fargo is celebrating Minnesota icon Bob Dylan with an afternoon of covers by local musicians. The event, DylanFest, is on Feb. 28 at the Fargo Theater and features 15 artists performing some of Dylan’s most beloved songs.

Musical acts include Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome, Tim Sparks, Jessie Veeder, Merrill Piepkorn and the Radio Stars Band, Poitin, Moody River Band, Heavy is the Head, D Mills & The Thrills, Tucker’d Out, Amanda Standalone, Darrin Wentz, Merry Helm & Roger Gress, Mike…

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​Basement’s Best: Father John Misty head over heels on “Honeybear”

by Stephen Anderson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 20th, 2015

J. Tillman is in love.

Ordinarily, such an opening statement would be irrelevant, but considering the larger-than-life, Don Juan-esque persona that the ex-Fleet Fox hatched for his debut as Father John Misty, such a change in narrative is worth noting.

Whereas “Fear Fun” was a gonzo telling of an ayahuasca-fueled dive headfirst into that which lies further beneath the City of Angels’ underbelly, “I Love You, Honeybear” captures the confounding complexities of love and…

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​The Return of Davis? Yes.

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 18th, 2015

Ike Morsch, Matt Cook, Nick Peterson and Travis Atwood

Popular Fargo band releases new record after a nearly 10 year hiatus

Before there were popular locals bands like 32 Below, Johnson Family Band, Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome and Tripwire, among others, there was an awesome band by the name of Davis? (That sentence is not a strangely formed question. It’s just how Davis? formats its name.)

Actually, there still is an awesome band by the name of Davis?

The group formed in the late ‘90s and released two albums, “Radio Ashes” and…

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