Music

Chevelle: Rockers of Future Past

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 19th, 2014

By Austin Kettelhut

Chevelle, the hard rocking trio from Chicago, has established itself as one of the few bands that has not only survived the “post-grunge rock” phase of the early 2000s, but has also separated itself from the era entirely. Once upon a time the group would have been lumped into a genre of music that was quickly becoming a desolate, unoriginal wasteland. Rock was dying, and maybe it did die in some sense, but Chevelle has refused to get swept under by the current.…

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​Nekododos

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 15th, 2014

This Friday, May 16, San Francisco alternative-rock group The Dodos will open for alternative singer/songwriter Neko Case at The Fargo Theatre for one of the most highly anticipated alternative concerts of the year.

Alternative, indeed. Both The Dodos and Neko Case dig deep into their unconventional minds to express strange, yet endearing rhythms, words and phrases, while connecting with their audience through glorious melodies and harmonies.

The Dodos are well known for their releases…

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​Acoustic aspirations

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 8th, 2014

New guitar shop Flatland specializing in guitar repair, maintenance and sales

Is your guitar buzzing, wildly out of tune or sounding less vibrant? If you live in the Fargo-Moorhead area and you own a guitar, chances are, your instrument(s) is suffering from post-winter trauma and is need of some optimizing.

Flatland Guitar and Lutherie, located next to Addictions Tattoo and The Great Wall on University Dr. in Fargo, can help with that – and just about anything guitar related: neck…

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​Wild Hands: New Dakota bluegrass

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 8th, 2014

Young Minot musicians to tour the Midwest and Europe

By Konner Johnson

Minot’s own Wild Hands have been playing music for only a few years but already have established themselves in the Midwest bluegrass scene. The group will play their first show at The Aquarium with the award-winning Minnesota string band Roe Family Singers.

Wild Hands are known for their rock-Americana-bluegrass style that delivers compellingly honest songs about this area of the country. For a smaller, isolated North…

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​Experiments in hip-hop

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 24th, 2014

Kill the Vultures to twist beats at The Aquarium

Alexei Moon Casselle is a born and bred Minneapolis rapper. He’s been a hype man for Twin-Cities legends Atmosphere and Eyedea & Abilities, an acoustic guitarist for the indie group Roma Di Luna and an emcee for the hip-hop party group Odd Jobs. Nowadays he spends time “killing vultures,” so to speak, with experimental beats, rhymes and poetry.

This Saturday, April 26, Casselle’s hip-hop group Kill the Vultures will perform its very…

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​“Love, Loss, & Regret”—Pat Lenertz Band comes into its own

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 3rd, 2014

Photo by Holly D. Photography // Cover by Raul Gomez

Having singer/guitarist Pat Lenertz in town is like having our very own John Prine, Jerry Garcia, Waylon Jennings or Willie Nelson. These comparisons are huge, but the humble Lenertz has a really strong knack for paying respects to his heroes.

In fact, he has so many heroes that he brought in 24 of his favorite local musicians to play on his very first solo record, “Love, Loss, & Regret,” set to release April 17 with a party at The Aquarium.

“It’s a reflection of the downtown…

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HPR at SXSW

by Chris Hennen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 20th, 2014

Destruction Unit / photo by Chris Hennen

For six years in a row, I’ve travelled to Austin, Texas for the SXSW Music Conference and Festival, which has become the biggest, most talked about spectacle in the music industry. The conference is most well known for its music portion, but this year I had the opportunity to cover the music and interactive sides of it as well.

What started as a music conference in 1987 to break new bands has grown into something much, much larger. Established musical acts that don't need any exposure,…

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​HBO finds Amanda Standalone

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 13th, 2014

Amanda Standalone / Photo by Amber Fletschock

Apparently not all serious musicians have to be really good at “putting themselves out there.” Local folk singer Amanda Nygard (Standalone) admits she’s terrible at it and yet here she is, receiving paychecks from rich and revered women like Maria Shriver and signing contracts from people she’s never met from cities she never visits.

Indeed, this March 17 (St. Patty’s Day), Nygard’s music will debut on HBO in its brand new documentary: “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life &…

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​KumNcyde: Bringin’ sexy back

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 6th, 2014

Chazz, K(r)ISS, Deriq, AJ and CJ are back. Boy, if you thought Halloween was crazy, get ready for V-Day and expect all things to be badder, ballsier, bigger, better and bunchier.

That’s right, the Fargo boys of KumNcyde are redefining love as we speak. Y’all better be ready at The Aquarium.

High Plains Reader: Last Halloween, with your sweaty dance moves, mucho-suave matching outfits and pristine voices, you boys stole all our hearts at The Aquarium. What do you guys have in store for…

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​Backdoor bully blues

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 6th, 2014

Nearly 16 years ago, 2014 Fargo Winter Blues Fest headliner Shannon Curfman appeared on the cover of the High Plains Reader for the first time.

“It pretty much made my life hell, to be honest,” said Curfman to HPR mid interview, when asked about the experience.

Of course, that’s not what was intended nor what she expected.

“It was like the coolest thing ever, I thought, to be on the cover of the High Plains Reader because that’s what I would read every week,” Curfman said, who…

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