Music

Redemption songs

by Chris Larson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 24th, 2017

Jon Wayne and Thom Wilder bring a story of redemption back to Fargo

“He can’t remember every single detail of his past few months, but he knows this makes three times this summer alone that he’s overdosed. But there’s no celebration in cheating death, no victory dance or celebratory lap. Maybe there’s no victory to celebrate. Maybe, deep down, he wants the easy way out.” -Thom Wilder in “One More Trip: Jon Wayne’s Journey from Addiction to Redemption.”

It’s been…

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Punk rock puppets and technical difficulties

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 16th, 2017

I’m told that there is nothing quite like a live Green Jelly show, where anarchy and foam puppets reign. So perhaps it’s in the spirit of the upcoming show that my intended interview with the mastermind and vocalist behind the band, Bill Manspeaker, went off the rails.

The intent was for me to fire off some questions to Bill on Cam Dewald’s KRFF radio show. Cam, as well as being the bassist for local death metal outfit Gorgatron, is also a part-time drummer and bassist for Green…

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Pert Near: Perfect.

by Logan Macrae | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 15th, 2017

Cut a rug and your teeth with these American Roots animals.

Pert Near Sandstone is a musical thunderstorm. The energy held within their music can only be matched by nature. As the melody swells you know you’re watching something amazing and that it’s unique and breathtaking.

This is a band that must be experienced live.

Their most unique asset is their percussion section, or the lack thereof. In lieu of a traditional drum kit, all the demonstratively rhythmic action is produced by…

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Blue Gritt : Blues rock and hand-built amps

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 9th, 2017

“When you’re involved in a song and just everything is going great, you can hear it,” says Blue Gritt drummer Ross Cariveau, “Everyone’s playing great. There’s a pocket or a bubble that you’re in and you always want to be there, but you can’t find it all the time. When we can find it we don’t ever want to leave it.”

According to guitarist Maurice “Mo” Skogen, “The hardest part with singing and playing an instrument is finding a song that puts my hands on…

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Illuminating the soul with music

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 8th, 2017

Art often inspires other art across the fragile boundaries of medium. Literature, the visual arts, and music have all drawn inspiration from each other over history, perhaps even more frequently now in our lightning-fast Information Age. Classical music is no different, drawing inspiration from as wide-ranging source material as mythology, literature, paintings, and historical events.

Regardless of one’s religious affiliation, it’s impossible to understate the influence of the Holy…

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​Opportunities abound with Minnesota Music Coalition

by Jacinta Macheel Zens | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 8th, 2017

The Minnesota Music Coalition (MMC) is a St. Paul-based nonprofit that was created by music industry professionals to support the vibrant Minnesota music scene.

Although they are based in St. Paul, they provide their services to all musicians throughout the state of Minnesota. Some of the many services they provide are monthly educational workshops, assistance with networking and booking, and musician mentoring.

One of the MMCs most acclaimed programs is the Caravan du Nord, which is a…

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Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein: hot sauce, devil locks, and metal

by Martin Beckmann | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 1st, 2017

Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein is a legendary man. His work with the Misfits helped to create and shape a genre. His solo act Doyle is currently on tour with Gwar and will be following it with the As We Die headlining run, starting with a November 6 date at the Aquarium. I got a minute to speak with the man himself.

High Plains Reader: The Misfits are pretty good band. I’ve heard of them and I guess you’re in that band. Do you ever get sick of people remembering you for the…

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​Running with The Pack A.D.

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

Drummer Maya Miller on reading, writing, and rock n’ roll

The Pack A.D. is a dynamic two woman firestorm of heavy psychpop/garage-rock based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. We had the opportunity to catch up with drummer Maya Miller.

High Plains Reader: I’ve read multiple interview on the Pack A.D. and they all mention that you are highly influenced by film and music--

Maya Miller: We were always that way but I think when we first started out we were a completely different band. We…

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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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