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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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​HPR speaks with rock n’ roll royalty

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 31st, 2018

Publicity photograph of Wanda Jackson age 17Whoever said rock n’roll ain’t pretty must have never had the opportunity to speak with Wanda Jackson, often referred to as “the queen of rockabilly” and even the “first lady of rock n’ roll.” The Oklahoma native just turned 80 this year and has just released her autobiography, “Every Night Is Saturday Night: A Country Girl's Journey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” co-authored by Scott B. Bomer.

The High Plains Reader had the opportunity to speak with her in 2015,…

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​An Anomic explosion at the Aquarium

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 26th, 2018

Anomic, a two-person band, Jay Stevenson, guitarist and vocals, and drummer Rick Tullar,I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Anomic at Atomic Coffee (they insisted I put that wordplay in the article). Anomic are a two-person band comprised of two pretty swell guys named Jay Stevenson, who provides vocals and guitar, and Rick Tullar, who plays the drums.

Even though there are only two of them, Jay and Rick make Anomic’s sound big enough that you would think there were at least three or four people onstage. They were more than happy to tell me about their…

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​Warming up to the symphony at ‘Frostival Finale’

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 17th, 2018

No one who has lived in Fargo for any length of time has to be told how bitterly cold it can get here during the winter. As much as we might complain about the cold temperatures, the biting winds, or the copious amounts of snow, we can’t really bring ourselves to hate the winter season.

Perhaps that’s why the City of Fargo began its Frostival, encouraging people to get out and enjoy themselves despite the cold. And of course, the coldest season of the year has had no small influence…

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​Cultivating EDM: Sub:Culture

by Logan Macrae | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 17th, 2018

Photograph by Logan MacraeFrom bass grumblings in the Pickled Parrot, Sub:Culture was birthed. The weekly EDM showcase originated by Eric Johanson(EJ) and Chris Patano(Butter), entitled Thirsty Thursday, gave way to something new and refreshing for the F-M area and the whole state. Now on episode 84, Sub:Culture has been bringing the beats to the Aquarium for over a year.

It wasn’t an easy transition, though. For a bit, Brian Noce (DJ Econ) tried it on his own, producing a show called Hump Day. It just didn’t…

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