Music

Something to talk about with Bonnie Raitt

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 30th, 2017

Raitt on her blues beginnings and activist roots

Rated one of the top 100 guitarists of all time in 2015 and top 100 singers of all time in 2010 by Rolling Stone and with 45 years in the business, Bonnie Raitt is definitely giving ‘em, something to talk about.

High Plains Reader: You found your musical roots at an early age--can you tell us about that? 

Bonnie Raitt: I grew up in a very musical family. My dad was a Broadway leading man and Broadway star. He created the role of Billy…

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​Bringing the big band sound to Fargo

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 23rd, 2017

The “big band” is truly ubiquitous in the United States. Ever since the jazz-influenced genre of music first appeared and had its peak popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, it has stuck around, even having a resurgence in the 1990s and still being listened to this day.

No matter the musical innovations that come and go, we always seem to to return to the big band. Perhaps it’s because it is such a traditionally and uniquely American musical tradition, perhaps because it calls to mind…

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Eddie Spaghetti of The Supersuckers on the state of rock n’ roll

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 9th, 2017

Formed in 1988, The Supersuckers have gained the moniker of being “the greatest rock n’ roll band in the world.” In 2015 lead singer/bassist Eddie Spaghetti was diagnosed with stage 3 oropharynx cancer. Thankfully he conquered it and is currently back in the ol’ rock n’ roll saddle. HPR had the opportunity to speak with the frontman: how did his illness affected his songwriting, Seattle in the 90s, and the current state of rock n’ roll?

High Plains Reader: How did your…

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​Getting centered in Kidder County

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 9th, 2017

Bill Bender on Center Fest, the geographical shift and Hanson’s Bar

Photo by Sabrina Hornung

The city of Robinson is nestled within the sprawling drift prairie of central North Dakota, with a population of close to 40. Though it’s a hunter’s paradise, the wildlife ascending the town this weekend won’t be their typical deer or waterfowl.

The first annual Center Fest will be taking place in Robinson this weekend. A celebration of North Dakota art, music, and the acquisition of the…

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The original: Norwegian black metal

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 3rd, 2017

By Kaycee Boe and Rachel Levy

kayceeboe35@gmail.com rlevy13@su.edu

For many people, black metal is as synonymous with Norway as snow and fjords. Imagery of young men with dark painted faces burning down churches and causing trouble in the grey Norwegian winters often comes to mind. The legacy of black metal draws fans from all over the world, who hope to learn more about the history and find out if the music they love still exists in Norway today.

Many are interested to find that black…

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​BOOTS set to perform at WE Fest pre-party

by Paige Johnson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 2nd, 2017

Local talent takes stage with big names 

Among names like Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum, the Fargo-based band BOOTS is taking the stage at this year’s WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. BOOTS is performing at the WE Fest Pre-Party on Wednesday, August 2 at 11 p.m., and again on Thursday, August 3 at 4 p.m. on the BOB 95 stage. Nathan Pitcher, guitar and vocals for the band, sat down with HPR to talk about their upcoming show and the potential for a new BOOTS album.

HPR: Is this a…

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​Grand Opening: raising the roof

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 2nd, 2017

Fargo Moorhead’s newest music destination

Last March, Jerry’s Bar closed its doors and we thought we’d lost a landmark. Fortunately for Fargo-Moorhead, Steven Langstaff and Scott Nelson closed on the property in June. This coming week they will be celebrating their grand opening with three days of music, with acts hailing from F-M to Australia, ending with their national headlining act Drowning Pool.

Though Jerry’s had undergone a remodel close to nine years ago, it has gotten…

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​Ukulele Crazy at the Red Raven

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 26th, 2017

Most of us only hear about world records secondhand. Many might think they’re not up to the challenge, others might not see the point of breaking one, and others just read about them in books and think of them as an exotic curiosity. In any case, most people don’t think about taking part in them.

This isn’t the case for a man named Julian Ruck, however. Ruck is someone who has sought to break world records on several occasions. Starting on Friday, July 28 at 10am at the Red Raven,…

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​A bouncer, a band, and a birthday

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 26th, 2017

Photo by Gary Lura

Downtown Fargo has its fair share of familiar faces. Regulars at Dempsey’s and its upstairs music venue The Aquarium will likely recognize a man named Jeremy Kinnen often watching their doors, whether by his long goatee and hair, his impressive stature, or his wide variety of band t-shirts.

Those who don’t know him no doubt see an intimidating bouncer. Those who know him, as I’ve been lucky to for the last two years, know despite what might be a scary appearance…

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​A new departure for Dawes

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 26th, 2017

Latest album doesn’t sound like anything they did before

When we had the chance to chat with Griffin Goldsmith, drummer of the popular band Dawes, they were just getting off tour with Willie Nelson. Often credited for a vintage Laurel Canyon-esque sound Dawes is making their mark.

We had the opportunity to chat with Goldsmith about their sound, their new album, and the family dynamic between he and his brother Taylor.

HPR: How’s the tour going so far?

Griffin Goldsmith: It’s been…

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