Music

Getting caught with a Mr. Meaner

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 28th, 2017

Some of my favorite interviews are with musicians and bands. They’re often relaxed, casual, and I might get a drink or two out of them. Of course, we were at the Bismarck on the night of the interview because, as banjoist Mike Schmidt put it, “The Bismarck is for business,” putting an emphasis on the first syllable.

That certainly was the case with Fargo band Mr. Meaner, who split much of their time between the Empire and the Bismarck downtown. “We live in dive bars,” said…

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Esme Patterson creating Herstory

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 28th, 2017

Jolene, Allison, and Eleanor Rigby are all very different characters made famous by pop songs, but have you ever wondered how they felt about their situations?

Singer-songwriter Esme Patterson’s latest concept album “Woman to Woman” sings their stories from their perspectives.

We had the opportunity to speak with Patterson via phone interview. We caught her in San Francisco working on a new collaboration. Unfortunately, all she could tell us was it was for a movie score. Fortunately…

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Like a Big Thief in the night

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 28th, 2017

Buck Meek of Big Thief on touring, Adrienne and ‘Capacity’

Photo credit: Shervin Lainez

Buck Meek, guitarist for Big Thief, the Brooklyn-based indie band, and songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Adrienne Lenker’s paths crossed a number of times before they finally had a chance to connect. Soon, a beautiful friendship blossomed and their collaborations led to Big Thief. She sings softly but they carry a big sound and intense touring schedule.

HPR had a chance to speak with Buck on the…

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​Helping Kids rock out with Make a Riff

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 21st, 2017

Pursuing a hobby, much less a career in music is more difficult than just picking up an instrument. Though the passion may be there, the cost of equipment and lessons can be prohibitive.

Of course this is something that Fargo-Moorhead rock star Nathan ‘Natanic’ Pehler, of Brutalur among other projects, realized and has decided to do something about with his Make a Riff Foundation.

Pehler, who currently resides in Moorhead, obviously took some inspiration for the name of his new…

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​Egypt and Ghost knock ‘em dead at the Civic

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 21st, 2017

Every so often in rock and roll history, a new act comes to sonically and aesthetically shock and stimulate us. Ghost is one of those acts. The band consists of five “anonymous ghouls” wearing well-tailored black costumes and expressionless gargoyle-like silver masks. Last Saturday the Swedish metal band Ghost made their Fargo debut at the Fargo Civic Center with Egypt--Fargo’s favorite rock n’ rollers.

Though their masks were expressionless, their energy was electric as they…

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​Michael Beatrez: new band, new album

by Jack Stenerson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 14th, 2017

Michael Beatrez is no stranger to the Fargo music scene. For the past few years, his bands Bear North and Sound made a name for themselves with the local college audience. Now, Beatrez has something new to offer. This is The Weeping Covenant.

I had a chance to ask Beatrez some questions about the new project in anticipation of their debut album You’re All I Need being released this weekend.

High Plains Reader: You have been in other bands in town before. How did The Weeping Covenant…

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20 years after the afterglow

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 14th, 2017

Everclear anniversary tour: from Portland to Moorhead to Honolulu

By Sabrina Hornung and Tom Bixby

It’s been 20 years since Everclear released their greatest album, the classic So Much for the Afterglow. It had a huge impact and has influenced many bands and more than one generation of musicians. We recently had a relaxed conversation with Everclear’s frontman Art Alexakis.

High Plains Reader: Have you started your tour yet?

Art Alexakis: The 11th is the first show, in Portland, Oregon.…

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​Yield up the Ghost

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 14th, 2017

An anonymous ghoul on metal anonymity and Satan

The band Ghost gained notoriety for their highly visual theatrical nature, satanic lyrics and imagery, as well as a mysterious presence in which the band members remain masked and anonymous. All but Papa Emeritus, the lead ghoul on vocals leading his congregation as a skeletal “anti-pope” adorned with mitre-inverted crosses and all.

The High Plains Reader recently had the opportunity to chat with an anonymous ghoul from the Swedish metal…

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​It’s in their blood

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 7th, 2017

Surfer Blood’s 4th album, now with backup vocals

“I was making fun of Tyler our drummer for having a really goofy surfer backpack with a little pouch for his surf wax and stuff like that. He told me I wouldn’t understand because I didn’t have surfer blood.” says Surfer Blood frontman John Paul Pitts, on how the band got its name.

Pitts surfs occasionally but insists that his passion for surfing isn’t as deep as that of half of his band.

Though Surfer Blood may have their hands…

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​A crash course on America

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 7th, 2017

BJ Barham on Rockingham and the decline of the American dream

Photo by Jillian Clark

BJ Barham is a busy guy. He plays around 250 shows a year with his band American Aquarium, but he says this solo tour is his most ambitious venture yet.

“53 shows in 59 days. At least one show in all 48 states plus DC so it’s a crash course on America. It’s pretty much a stay a day.” he said. His native North Carolina, Texas, and California are the only states with multiple shows, the latter two…

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