Music

​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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​Feeling the Heat: Lutheran Heat at Sidestreet

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 13th, 2017

Minneapolis-based rock and rollers are turning up the heat, that is to say Lutheran Heat. The band consists of Garth Blomberg on guitar and vocals; Sara Pette, guitar and vocals; Matt Engelstad, bass and vocals; and Justin Nelles on drums. Though hailing from the Twin Cities, Blomberg and Nelles are no strangers to the F-M music scene.

High Plains Reader: Where did the name Lutheran Heat come from? Second--Do you get any heat from the Lutherans on your name?

Matt Engelstad: Dave (Dave…

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​Genres collide at KRFF benefit

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 6th, 2017

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I write my fair share of articles about the music scene in Fargo-Moorhead. It is my honest opinion that many people don’t realize what an awesome music scene we have in this town. There was a time I didn’t, to be frank.

If there are people as much if not more devoted to promoting the local music scene, they’re certainly the DJs at KRFF. Recently I had the opportunity to interview Martin Beckman, who DJs “Locals on the 8” and “Thursday Night…

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