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Matt Olien reviews the latest Spiderman film

Chicago Sun-Times

Grammy-nominated country rock band Confederate Railroad was recently removed from the lineup at the Du Quoin State Fair by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, who cited what he calls racist and white supremacist imagery like the confederate battle flag that often accompanies their shows. Fans and some in the media claim political correctness is behind the move and that the stars and bars is a symbol of southern pride and heritage and not slavery and racism. Brewer Goose Island has partnered with witty indie band Parquet Courts for an exclusive witbier for next weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. And baritone Jerry Lawson of longtime a cappella group The Persuasions passed away yesterday after a long illness. He was 75.  The Grateful Dead and Frank Zappa, who discovered The Persuasions, were big fans.

Doug Hamilton visits with the assistant director and three of the cast.

Emily Vieweg's Book is Coming + A Proto-Sonnet

Jul 11, 2019
Adrianne Mathiowetz Photograph

Bill Thomas asks Emily Vieweg (Fargo poet) what is coming up for her. She talks about working on a complete book of her poems so far (and how a grant has helped), and also about her project to convert 30 poems into sonnets.  Then we hear her read one of the poems that is not yet a sonnet. 

The Guardian

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the release of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," toy maker Mattel has unvieled a Ziggy Stardust Barbie Doll! It features the character's iconic forehead emblem and striped space suit, the glam-rock legend used to sport when in full alter ego mode. Texas cult cowpunk legend Jon Dee Graham went into cardiac arrest on the 4th of July after performing a set a festival just outside Chicago. Amazingly, not even one week later, the 60-year-old former member of The Skunks and True Believers with Alejandro Escovedo rocked his regular Wednesday night gig at The Continental in Austin last night.  And Justin Vernon has announced Bon Iver's fourth album, I, I will come out August 30th. What he calls his most "adult" record,  features guest turns from Moses Sumney, Bruce Horsnby, Aaron & Bryce Dessner of The National and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak.



Spoon bassist Rob Pope has quit the band. The co-owner of Harold's in Moorhead, along with Eric Odness, Har Mar Superstar and others cited the wish to spend more time with family and other projects as reasons for leaving the popular alt-indie band. Pope laid down some seriously cool grooves on well-known Spoon songs like "Don't You Evah," "The Mystery Zone" and "Inside Out." Innovative jazzman Kamasi Washington has accused a security guard at a show in Austria of assaulting his father, who is a member of his band. And longtime Montreal resident and Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler is now a Canadian citizen. He'll have dual citizenship, as he was born and raised in Texas. 

The Independent

Fashion mogul Stella McCartney took in a 50th anniversary screening of Yellow Submarine last year, and was so deeply moved and inspired, she created a men and women's fashion line based on lyrics from the animated film and song lyrics from her dad Paul and his Beatles bandmates. The first line "All Together Now" came out yesterday and a bigger psychedelic collection will be out in the fall. Celebs and musicians sported a preview at Glastonbury last week. Farm Aid will take place in East Troy, Wisconsin this year. The September 21st festival features usual headliners Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp as well as Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Yola, Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real and Tanya Tucker. The first Farm Aid took place in 1985! And Car Seat Headrest released the final installment of their behind-the-scenes online documentary I Haven't Done (BLEEP) This Year, which shows the genesis of a new song.

"Statue of Liberty..." by industrial arts is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

July 7 at 5pm:

Familiar and forgotten songs, many not normally associated with Independence Day, that highlight the people, issues, and ideas that create America, supported by insightful commentary. 

After the program introduction, you'll hear a dramatic rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, accompanied by rare facts about the origin of its words and music.

Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphony -- Tiana Grise

Jul 3, 2019

Tiana Grise was in the youth symphony when she grew up in Missoula, Montana.  Now she is in charge of the Fargo-Moorhead youth symphonies -- plural.  It has grown into multiple groups.  She talks about that growth, the value for students in participating, and what it takes to be a student musician.  


While The Who is enjoying a latter day renaissance, with solo records, memoirs, rock opera revivals and a current orchestral tour, lead singer Roger Daltrey says he expects his voice to give out within the next five years. A new surreal animated video for the B-52's 1979 summertime earworm classic "Rock Lobster" has popped-up online. And Baz Lurhmann has narrowed down the list of actors to play Elvis Presley in his new biopic to Harry Styles, Austin Butler, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. He's already cast Tom Hanks as Col. Tom Parker.