Music

​Farewell to New Music Thursday

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 16th, 2014

Heavy is the Head

Christopher Gabriel say new plans are on the horizon

Willie Waldman, Riesage, Turtle Island Quartet, Little Winter, Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome’s horn section, Longreef, MSUM’s Straw Hat Theatre, Haley E. & The Rydells, Poitin and dozens upon dozens of others all have one thing in common. All these creative projects have been guests on The Christopher Gabriel Program’s New Music Thursday.

Gabriel, a local radio personality for 970 WDAY, started this music segment when he was first…

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World’s only concertizing pipe organ/percussion duo slated for Sunday

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 16th, 2014

The world’s only concertizing pipe organ/percussion pair, to the best of Sally Harmon’s research, is on its way to Fargo.

It’s Organized Rhythm, and Harmon, dean of the Red River Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, knew she had to have them for the group’s biennial concert.

“I had read an article in a magazine about these guys,” Harmon said. “Somebody else [in the guild chapter] had heard them at a convention and said they were awesome … so we said, ‘OK,…

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​The Highlands to the High Plains

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 16th, 2014

Julie Fowlis adds Scottish style, soulful voice to MSUM arts series

Sit back, relax and enjoy an aural trip to Scotland as singer Julie Fowlis brings authentic Gaelic music to Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series.

Perhaps best-known in the U.S. for her vocal contributions to the soundtrack of Disney Pixar’s “Brave,” Fowlis will be showcasing traditional Scottish Gaelic music. With instruments from highlander fiddle to bouzouki to…

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FM’s Air Jordan

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 9th, 2014

Last Monday, Fargo-Moorhead hip-hop artist Jordan Brien, a.k.a. Mic Jordan, reached his goal on Kickstarter to fund his very first full-length album, “Sometime After 83,” nine days early.

The album will release online for free this Thursday, Oct. 16, which is also the last day of the Kickstarter campaign. Contributions are still welcome until then.

Brien, a self-proclaimed activist, has a strong message behind his music that has been hitting home with local listeners, especially…

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​Taken Back Sunday

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 2nd, 2014

Photo Michael Dubin

Old-school fans of Taking Back Sunday no longer need to believe, “this all was only wishful thinking.” Their wishes have come true: the band’s “Tell All Your Friends” lineup is back together.

While the news really isn’t new anymore, it’s still significant. Formed in 1999, during a time when emo was one of the most popular forms of alternative music, Taking Back Sunday has enjoyed a long, fan-raving career. And original guitarist/vocalist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper…

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Too Tiny To Fail

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 18th, 2014

Photo by Kyle Reinford

Tiny is the new large. Noisy is the new “Pleasant.” At least it is in the world of Benson-based, Fargo-grown alternative rock ‘n’ roll trio Tiny Moving Parts.

Previously, Tiny Moving Parts were the quintessential young punks who threw some of best basement/house shows Fargo’s seen in recent years. Today, this tried-and-true family band (yes, they are all related) from small-town Minnesota is appearing in publications like SPIN, Alternative Press and Vice and in music festivals…

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​Q&A with Fred Durst

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 18th, 2014

High Plains Reader got to interview the one and only red-Yankee-ball-capped, Nookie-screaming, Limp-Bizkit-leading Fred Durst.

After an eight-year hiatus, the original lineup is back together and kicking a few new singles, including “Ready to Go” featuring rap idol Lil’ Wayne. The rap-metal band is also currently on a world tour and promoting its yet-to-be-released album, “Stampede of The Disco Elephants.” Fargoans can catch Fred, Wes Borland and the rest of the gang this…

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​Following Macy Gray’s ‘Way’

by Troy Jackson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 18th, 2014

HPR talks with Gray about music, performing and living bipolar disease

On Sept. 25, 45-year-old Grammy Award Winning artist Macy Gray will promote her new record, “The Way,” in the F-M area with a concert.

When the musical soul diva, renowned for the hit single “I Try,” shares her distinctive raspy voice to the blend of guitars, percussion, bass and drums, faithful fans will vibe with her ability to blanket rock ‘n’ roll with soulful blues and pop.

Here’s is our exclusive…

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Hammerhead: A band that helped define ‘90s noise is ‘Back with a Future’

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 4th, 2014

By Phil Hunt

*Adult language advisory

It’s possibly a couple years shy of a quarter-century since the Hammerhead song “Gremlin Stomp” appeared on the seminal Minneapolis noise rock label Amphetamine Reptile’s “Dope-Guns-N-Fucking In The Streets Volume 6.” This probably happened around the time that Hammerhead left the city of Fargo, N.D., if not after.

Still, if you Google “Hammerhead Fargo,” you will get about 350,000 results. That’s still quite a few, even after you…

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Home on the Range: Steep Canyon Rangers at Bluestem

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 4th, 2014

Grammy awarding-winning bluegrass crew Steep Canyon Rangers will perform in Fargo-Moorhead for the first time this Saturday, Sept. 6 for the very first Roots on the Red festival at Bluestem.

The North Carolina-based outfit are known for their rich, gospel-sounding vocal harmonies, aggrandized acoustic instrumentation and traditional country music roots. The group is also known as the backing band for celebrated comedian Steve Martin. Thanks to the Steep Canyon Rangers, most of us…

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​Gaming and Steam

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​Savoring local flavor

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​The other shoe

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