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Robert Plant and his band played "Immigrant Song" for the first time in 22 years at a festival in Iceland over the weekend.  The capital city Reykjavik was the inspiration behind the Led Zeppelin classic, when the band's gig there in 1970 almost didnt' materialize because of a civil servants strike. But a local university stepped up and provided an alternate venue. Plant thanked the Icelandic audience for the song's inspiration and belted it out with the Sensational Space Shifters, though the high notes were a bit elusive for rock's lion. Fiona Apple is turning her biggest hit "Criminal" into an immigrant song of sorts. She is donating two years of profits from streaming and sales to a nonprofit helping detainees at the border navigate the minefield of legal issues facing them. And actor and pianist Jeff Goblum enlists Sharon Van Etton and an orchestra to preview songs from his forthcoming Decca jazz record, his second for the label, at last weekend's Glastonbury.

This is a talk given by Dr. René Clausen previewing his work, with flutist Deb Harris playing a Native American flute, and saxophonist Russell Peterson, performing examples from the work.  It is part of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra's "Urban Overture" series, aimed at young adults.

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In a blog post, goth/post-punk icon and Bad Seeds's frontman Nick Cave said that Morrissey's controversial, and some say, racist political stances should be looked at as seperate from his art. Drummer Janet Weiss has quit Pacific Northwest alt-rock goddesses Sleater Kinney. And Spotify is ending the practice of allowing artists to directly upload their music onto the platform. 

A quarter century ago, Dave Alvin of LA roots punkers The Blasters made the transition from loud rocker to contemplative singer-songwriter, when he put out his panoramic solo masterpiece The King of California. Now, he celebrates with a 25th anniversary reissue that features a previously unreleased instrumental, a Merle Haggard cover and a lyric video for the title track that's chocked full of Golden State scenery. An emerging K-Pop scandal in South Korea has Psy ("Gangham Style") answering questions from police about a record mogul, who is accused of procuring sex workers for potential investors and supplying drugs to some of his artists. Twin Cities artist and rising hip-hip star Lizzo has accused a security guard at Milwaukee's Summerfest of racism after allegedly tackling to the ground two of her stylists. 

June 30 at 5pm:

Hosted by Elizabeth Blair and Tom Cole from NPR’s Arts Desk, American Anthem:The Special will highlight standout stories from NPR’s American Anthem series, weaving together the creation, popularization, and evolution of a selection of songs about our shared national identity as Americans.

A Lone Flute in a Big Room: Tiana Grise

Jun 27, 2019

Tiana Grise has been playing the flute for "a million years." She teaches at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and is Executive Director of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies. She was playing in a big, resonant room and loved the sound. So she came to the idea of an immersive, continuous performance in such a space. With the help of a grant from The Arts Partnership, she has commissioned a piece to be written for it -- and acquired technology to make it work.  


Emily Vieweg, a poet living in Fargo, got a commission from the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre to write a poem responding to their production of "The Laramie Project." That play is a work of documentary theatre about the murder of Matthew Shepard. She speaks with Bill Thomas about the process, and then we hear her reading of the poem.

This piece is funded in part by The Arts Partnership, with support from the Cities of fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.


Ambient music legend and legendary producer Brian Eno honored with a namesake asteroid a day after he received a Stephen Hawking Medal at Starmus, a science and music festival. And to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Eno will reissue his atmospheric masterpiece Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks next month. Phoenix pays Instagram tribute to late fellow French artist Phillipe Zdar of the beloved electronic duo Cassius. And Leslie Feist readies new podcast Pleasure Studies, which centers around storytelling, the creative process and the tough time she had making her most recent record. 

Bill Thomas

June 23 at 5pm:

Hear Cecilia Fire Thunder speak at the Plains Art Museum as four of the (very meaningful) dolls she makes are part of the Waasamoo-Beshizi exhibition. Cecilia says making the dolls is part of healing for her, and she talks about her life, accomplishments, and things she needed to heal from.

Read more and listen to the full talk here.

Waasamoo-Beshizi, Cecilia Fire Thunder

Jun 22, 2019
Bill Thomas

Cecilia Fire Thunder gave this talk at the Plains Art Museum because four of the (very meaningful) dolls she makes are part of the Waasamoo-Beshizi exhibition. Cecilia says making the dolls is part of healing for her, and she talks about her life, accomplishments, and the things she needed to heal from. Relocated from Pine Ridge to Los Angeles as a child with her family, as part of an assimilation effort, she began as a nurse and went on to an interesting, activist career in health care. She returned to Pine Ridge as an adult and ended up doing a controversial turn as Tribal Chair.