Music

​Up to Spec

November 17th, 2022

By Martin Beckman

beckmanniscool@gmail.com

Spec is a new hardcore band from the Fargo area featuring Josh on guitar, Ethan on vocals, Austin on guitar, Landon on bass and Robby– drummyboy. Spec has been creating waves with their brand of slamming hardcore and intense sweat and dank-bud fueled live performances. Recently I had a chance to sit down with Josh, Ethan,and Landon to bother them with questions about the band.

HPR: So how did y’all come together and why are you so…

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​Tedeschi Trucks Band at Bluestem Amphitheater

August 17th, 2022

By Chris Larson 

cjlarson75@gmail.com

During a short break in their Wheels of Soul Tour with Los Lobos and the Gabe Dixon Band, I had a chance to speak with Susan Tedeschi, a vocalist, songwriter, and guitar player in the Tedeschi Trucks Band, which also features her husband and guitar legend Derek Trucks. We spoke at length about the new album and what inspired the 24 track, 4 LP release that was…

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​The Gina Powers Cinderella Story

August 17th, 2022

By Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

Fargo artist signs Nashville recording contract

To say the 2020s got off to a rough start might be the understatement of the century, but Fargo musician Gina Powers managed to find her own Cinderella story after a visit to Nashville that resulted in her signing a record deal with Hughmont International, LLC, with the legendary Jerry Foster.

According to IMDB, “Jerry Foster is perhaps best known as one-half of the infamous songwriting team of Foster &…

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​Reminiscing and Recalibrating With Laura Jane Grace

August 17th, 2022

By Dylan Bender

dylanbender808@gmail.com

Against Me! Vocalist Laura Jane Grace has been finding a way to navigate a new world for artists, created by a post-pandemic world. Her Canadian tour, which was initially slated to begin in March, is kicking off in Green Bay, Wisconsin on August 25, and ending at Fargo Brewing on September 29. She took some time out to chat about surreal career moments, maneuvering in the new world for artists, and pastimes to help deal with it all.

Releasing her…

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​Bringing the Dust Home: Bindle Fest III

July 20th, 2022

By Michael Strike

michaelstrike.solo@gmail.com

Bindle Fest is coming back to Fargo, and the third time's the charm for this sprawling DIY fest hosted across the Fargo/Moorhead area. Since its first inception in 2016, it's been an on-again-off-again showcase of some of the most original and DIY-centric musicians from across the midwest and beyond. Originally started by a couple of the original Dusty Boys of Fargo, Ethan Rooney and Owen Broke were able to book M.B Johnson, run their own…

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​Madison Cunningham Reveals and Confesses: Concert at Fargo Brewing August 2

July 20th, 2022

By Brittney Goodman 

brittney.goodman@mnstate.edu

The HPR caught up with singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham to talk about her upcoming album, “Revealer,” and her August 2 concert at Fargo Brewing. This Los Angeles-based musician wrote her first album when she was 15 and has been nominated for two Grammy awards. She is the opening act for Lake Street Dive at The Fargo Brewing Company, August 2, 7 pm, outdoors.…

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​We’ve Had One, Yes, but What About a Second Breakfast?

July 20th, 2022

By Dylan Bender

dylanbender808@gmail.com

Second Break-Fest is a two day festival centered around food, music, and merriment hosted by Prairie Sky breads in Minot. This festival is originally born out of a play on Tolkien's hungry Hobbits, a joke about hosting a festival early enough in the day that everyone is home before 8, and a desire to create a family reunion feeling amongst performers, was hosted for the first time in July of 2021. Now the Prairie Sky Breads team is getting ready…

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​Unrelenting Brutality Upon the Unprepared

June 18th, 2022

By Martin Beckman and Jordan Tepley

High Plains Reader: Just to fill in the people that are unfamiliar. Who are y'all and could you tell us a little about Suffering Hour?

Suffering Hour: Suffering Hour is a black/death metal band based in Forest Lake, Minn., formed in 2013. We’ve released two full lengths, In Passing Ascension in 2017 on Blood Harvest and The Cyclic Reckoning in 2021 on our current label Profound Lore. We’ve done two European tours, 2019 and 2022 and have done various…

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​Noise, an Almost Inescapable Part of Life

May 18th, 2022

By Michael Str!ke 

michaelstrike.solo@gmail.com

The word noise can mean so many different things. But here in Fargo, our Noise scene is thriving as what many consider to be the last true expression of art through sound. Nothing could showcase this better than 'Fargo Noise Fest III' at Seagrave Studios right in the heart of our little big city.

Brandon Wald; coordinator, organizer, and themself a performer of Noise has…

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​A Ukrainian Story

April 21st, 2022

By Jim Fuglie

jimfuglie920@gmail.com

Ukrainians are much on our minds right now, with the Last World War apparently beginning in their country. North Dakota has a smattering of them. I’m going to tell you the best Ukrainian story ever, but first a little background.

Where I grew up in Hettinger, in extreme southwest North Dakota, there were no Ukrainians. We were Germans and Norwegians, with a smattering of Swedes. Hettinger was one of about a dozen towns settled by the railroad—the…

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