Music

​Ryan Bingham on the Red

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 28th, 2014

Grammy and Oscar winning songwriter headlines Roots event at Bluestem

Grammy, Oscar, Golden Globe and Americana Artist of the Year award winner Ryan Bingham doesn’t have much to be weary about these days. Four years after the release of his highly acclaimed song “Weary Kind,” from the movie “Crazy Heart” starring Jeff Bridges, the musician is as prolific, rugged, charming and humble as ever.

It’s why Bingham will make for an excellent headlining act for Fargo-Moorhead’s very…

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​Hannah’s Neverland

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 21st, 2014

Young local singer/songwriter releases wondrous EP, performs this Thursday and Friday

About six years ago, Fargo native Hannah Jean Westerholm started writing music. Three years ago, she began playing music in the local band Shape Than Shift. Two years ago, she began performing her original music live.

Today, at 18 years of age, Hannah has completed her very first EP, recorded at Video Arts Studio thanks to an award she won from the yearly local event Celebration of Women and Their…

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​FM Gay Men’s Chorus: Singing with pride

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 14th, 2014

For the first time ever, Fargo-Moorhead’s Pride Rally will kick off with it’s very own local Gay Men’s Chorus singing the National Anthem.

Angel Lira, the chorus’ co-director, said he’s in awe of how far this local choir has come in less than a year since its inception last September.

“The sounds that have been coming out of the choir in the past two to three months have been so pure and so beautiful,” he said. “And the difficulty level of the music is not attempted by…

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​Escape to Beat Antique

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 14th, 2014

If there were such thing as a modern magical mystery tour, Beats Antique would lead the charge. This Oakland-based three piece perform un-American-like escapist dance music, lead by belly dancer Zoe Jakes, violinist/guitarist David Satori and percussionist/producer Tommy “Sidecar” Cappel.

Next weekend Beats Antique will headline Pure Bliss Ranch’s Cosmic Ascension Festival with renowned visual artists Alex and Allyson Grey. More than 40 other acts will perform at this 3-day…

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Supersoakin’ hip-hop with Soulja Boy

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 7th, 2014

Seven years ago DeAndre Cortez Way, a.k.a. Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em, was responsible for attracting millions of people to dance floors at clubs and parties all over the country. His chart-topping tune, “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” became one of the most popular line dances in hip-hop history.

“Being in high school, I just wanted to have a song on the radio that people could dance to, that people could remember,” Way said to HPR.

While there a number of popular dance songs, there’s…

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​Tony’s ‘Animated Persona’

by Austin Sanchez | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 31st, 2014

Photo by Dan Eisenhauer

“Animated Personas,” rapper Tony the Butcher’s first solo album, combines the energy and sound of his live shows with thoughtful, introspective tracks. Though it only took two years to record, Tony Motzerelli describes the album as 29 years in the making.

“Those tracks are about my life and growing up,” Tony told HPR.

Before moving to the Fargo-Moorhead area in 2006, Tony bounced around towns in South Dakota and Minnesota. It was in South Dakota where he first began rapping…

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Gone swimming: Into the Lake presents “The Pre-Flight EP”

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

Over the river and through the woods, Into The Lake we go.

Indeed, within a matter of months, this “lake band” has recorded a 5-track EP, “The Pre-Flight,” released two of the EP’s singles and gained more than 400 fans on Facebook without having performed a single live show. The full EP will be released digitally, through Spotify, iTunes, BandCamp, Amazon and Google, this July 29. And the band will perform live for the first time this July 24 at The Aquarium.

Into The Lake…

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Tim Sparks’ “Chasin’ the Boogie”

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 17th, 2014

By Tom Johnson

Guitarist and longtime Minnesota resident Tim Sparks has made a name for himself for many years by taking on ambitious concepts on the guitar.

Whether it be taking the music of avant-garde composer and saxophonist John Zorn’s band Masada Quartet and condensing it to solo acoustic guitar, or when, in 2009, Sparks released “Little Princess” rearranging and deconstructing the music of Naftule Brandwein -- a klezmer clarinetist from the ‘20s dubbed “The King of the…

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​Flame on: Q&A with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 10th, 2014

The band that battled pink robots, surfed crowds with a giant bubble, glitter-punk-rocked the snot out of stadiums and tripped fans’ badonks off all over the world for the past three decades will entertain, to say the least, Fargo-Moorhead for the first time ever on July 16.

Currently, The Flaming Lips are in the middle of a fiery Internet explosion. Be sure to check out their outrageous and rad new “SuperFreak” video with Miley Cyrus and Moby. But hide your kids first!

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​Vampire in the sun: Sharon Van Etten reveals her secrets through music

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 10th, 2014

Photo by Dusdin Condren

“I am a vampire, I don’t know if you knew that,” Sharon Van Etten semi joked and revealed to the High Plains Reader this past week.

Truly, the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter makes it sound like she is a vampire in her crazy infectious tune “Every Time The Sun Comes Up (I’m in trouble).”

Knowing that she’s continually and gradually getting more popular, perhaps we should be more worried about just how much trouble she’s going to get in. How can someone so dark and so…

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