Music

Post Punk Jitters

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 25th, 2017

HPR interview: Omni bassist/vocalist/songwriter Philip Frobos

A city’s music scene is a mother of invention. With lots of bands working, recombinant bands form and sometimes great songwriting is the result. The best example I can think of right now is Omni of Atlanta. They’ve been described as “post-punk jitters, but cool,” but really they are indescribable.

HPR: Do you have any pre-tour rituals that you tend to stick to before you hit the road? I imagine there’s a lot to think…

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​Mark J. Lindquist: 2017 was practice

by Hee Han | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 18th, 2017

“Experiences like these are a reminder why I have chosen the right career path; it is my hope that the things I do on stage as a speaker or a singer are able to lift someone’s spirits, help them through a tough time, or serve as inspiration to move forward to the next level in their life,” said Mark J Lindquist.

“We were entertaining in a USO-style show at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan on Christmas Eve. There were a couple hundred off-duty troops in the crowd who had come…

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​Maximum Carnage

by Jacinta Macheel Zens | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 4th, 2017

Carnage the Executioner on beatboxing, sampling and looping

HPR: How long have you been beatboxing?

Carnage: I studied boxing when I was somewhere between eight and ten years old. There was this one group back in the days called the Fatboys. There were three guys in the group and they were all big guys. They were produced by Kurtis Blow and they had a few hits around that time. There was a guy in the group that was bigger than the others. His name was Darren Robinson, rest in peace…

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​‘Thrash’ comes to the valley

by James Osborne | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 4th, 2017

In 1989 David Fricke subtitled a Rolling Stone article “Boston thrash band The Pixies debuts in the U.S. with 'Doolittle'.” It was kind of a joke, alluding to The Pixies having more success overseas -- but that’s not the interesting part.

Fricke used the word “thrash,” which had already been reserved for aggressive, fast-tempo metal bands like Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax five years earlier. “Thrash” can be defined as “to beat (a person or animal) repeatedly and…

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​With their forces combined

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 4th, 2017

Husband and wife duo Whitehorse at the Aquarium

“The one thing you can control in this industry is how hard you work,” says two-time Juno award-nominated Canadian singer songwriter Luke Doucet.

At the age of 14 he set himself on an arduous schedule of guitar practice. He played in bands with his friends and then eventually playing in a band with his father, an accomplished jazz guitarist.

“Not everyone has to approach it as if they’re training to be in the Marines. That was the…

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​Wicked Bees this way come

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 27th, 2017

During my time writing for the High Plains Reader I have had the opportunity to discover (and hopefully draw attention to) the fact that we have no shortage of musical talent in the area.

No matter the genre, there are some talented representatives of it somewhere in town. And of course, there’s bound to be some creative overlap between musicians as well as friends.

So perhaps it was something akin to fate, or at least happy coincidence, that led me to interview the Wicked Bees several…

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​Nobody gets to say who is me but me: an interview with Grieves

by Jack Stenerson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 27th, 2017

“You’re from Fargo so you must know Kipp G”

This was the first thing that rapper Benjamin Laub -- better known as Grieves -- said to me when we started this interview.

He has been to Fargo a handful of times over the last 10 years, a place that he says is very sentimental to him. “It was one of the first places I started going on tour,” he said.

He will make his next stop this Monday, October 2nd at The Aquarium supporting his awesome new record, “Running Wild.”

The first…

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Lower the brow: Stix Zadinia of Steel Panther

by James Osborne | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 27th, 2017

In 2010, local hero Andrea Anderson and I went to the House of Blues in L.A. with a couple of friends. We were told we were seeing a “joke metal band.”

My most vivid memory of that night was being enraged at PBR being $10 per can; second to that was laughing my ass off in between bursts of this “joke” band nailing Van Halen, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest songs like they’d written the songs themselves.

My memory gets fuzzy after that. But I sort of remember two shirtless women…

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​Experiencing altered states at the orchestra

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 20th, 2017

Fall is arriving, and that of course means that the new season of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra’s “Masterworks” series sponsored by Sanford Health is right around the corner.

In the last couple concert seasons they have performed some truly gala events, with many universally recognized and occasionally bombastic pieces, such as Orff’s “Carmina Burana” or Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” that were bound to delight both newcomers and regular concertgoers.

This…

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Oasis of doom

by Martin Beckmann | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 20th, 2017

When you disembark from the plane in Vegas, the first thing you encounter is slot machines.

The airport is a strange combination of a sh*tty casino and an overpriced mall. As you stand and wait for your $13 whopper you begin to notice the stream of outsiders filtering in -- every 15 minutes, a consistent flow of tourists from all around the globe, with dollars in their pockets, looking to make their fortune.

The next thing you notice is the oppressive, crushing weight of the heat. Being…

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