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Jo Verdis' "Flow" Painting and Music

Oct 18, 2019
Jo Verdis

Jo Verdis' art exhibit, "Flow'. is at the Spirit Room, 111 Broadway in downtown Fargo, through December 7, 2019.

The Guardian

A group of musicians, including Thom Yorke and David Byrne have admitted they're climate hypocrites in an open letter to journalists, who have called them out for being exactly that. They say, while they individually need to do better and the industry as a whole has to change the way they operate, they will not be silenced when it comes to speaking out in the battle to fight climate change.  Beck has premiered two new songs off his forthcoming album Hyperspace, including a funky new number produced by Pharrell Williams. And Matt Berninger of The National and indie phenom Phoebe Bridgers have teamed up for a duet and video for the soundtrack to a new Zach Galifinakas movie.


Award-winning Manchester, UK cinematic alt/prog-rockers Elbow just released new album Giants of All Sizes and a video for lead single, "Empires," which depicts a dystopian, post BREXIT world that pretty much crumbles to the ground. Frontman Guy Garvey credits the dark subject matter to personal and political mourning- his beloved father died last year and he’s despondent at what he calls his county’s “cultural disaster,” leaving the European Union. Oysterhead, the "supergroup" featuring Trey Anastasio of Phish, Primus' Les Claypool and ex-Police drummer Stuart Copeleand are getting together for the first time since 2006, performing two shows in Colorado in February. And, just in time for the holidays, a massive new Beatles box  set, featuring singles in original sleeve artwork from all over the world, comes out November 22nd. 

Chris Martin of Coldplay joined Beck for a spirited sitar-spiced rendition of "Loser" at the Gala in the Garden event in LA over the weekend, which honored filmmaker Jordan Peele and artist Judy Chicago.  Mountaintop, a documentary which chronicled the making of Neil Young's first album with Crazy Horse in seven years is out next week, and in an online trailer for the film, the rock and grunge legend can be seen yelling and cursing about sound levels not being loud enough in his monitor. And George "Pops" Chambers of the Chambers Brothers, known for their psych-soul 1960's hit "Time Has Come Today" has passed away at age 88.

"Ad Astra"

Oct 11, 2019

A mixed review from Matt

Theatre B Takes On Hamlet

Oct 11, 2019
Theatre B

Fargo-Moorhead's Theatre B has a distinctive reputation for doing contemporary scripts -- they often collaborate with the playwright. So how does Shakespeare fit in?  And also, what is it like approaching a towering icon of western culture?  Besides listening to this interview, you may wish to go to Theatre B's Facebook page to see them practicing sword fighting.  Information and tickets avaialable at  This report supported in part by The Arts Partnership, funded by the Cities of Moorhead, Fargo and West Fargo.


Avant garde spoken word and performance artist Laurie Anderson has received the 2020 Vanguard Award by The Public Theater in New York City. She will perform a yearlong residency at their Joe's Pub space, starting in March. Third Man Records is co-producing a new podcast all about the early years of the White Stripes called Striped: The Story of the White Stripes, though Jack and Meg White won't lend their voices to it. And Boston's Palehound has put out a note-for-note, but pretty awesome cover of Yo La Tengo's "Autumn Sweater." Bundle up! 

Grab your hip beanie hats and sweaters, because Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner of The National are curating the debut Eaux Claires Hiver Fest, November 21-24 in his native Eau Claire, WI.  Polica and Ani DiFranco are among the artists slated to appear. The gathering and resulting collaborations will foreshadow the 2020 return of the larger Eaux Claires Festival, which went on hiatus last summer.  Twin Cities' Channy Lenneagh of Polica has announced a new album When We Stay Alive, which reflects the recent time she was bedbound due a brutal injury she suffered while clearing ice on her roof. And the never-been-washed cardigan Kurt Cobain wore during the taping of the classic MTV Unplugged in New York, is headed for auction and is expected to fetch up to $300,000!

Rolling Stone

Chicago rocker Liz Phair blazed a trail for female musicians during an especially testosterone-fueled era of rock. The singer/songwriter/guitarist kicked down the dude rock door with girl retort classics, Exile in Guyville and Whip Smart. She's chronicled the underbelly of that period of her career as well as her later transformation into a pop artist in her debut memoir Horror Stories, which is out today. Elton John details how he wore out his welcome when he made a guest appearance during a Rolling Stones show in Colorado. He said the cocaine made him linger onstage beyond the planned "Honkey Tonk Women," and it took him awhile to get the hint, despite Keith Richards' death stare.  For a little uplift today, check out a newly-released video from this past summer's Newport Folk Festival, in which an all-star cast faithfully cover "Suite Judy Blue Eyes"  by Crosby, Stills and Nash. Stephen Still's muse Judy Collins herself joined Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold, James Mercer of The Shins, Jason Isbell and others for the "Do do do-do-do" chorus at the end. And Scottish band The Blue Nile's trifecta of excellent records in the 80's and 90's, including their opus Hats, are being reissued next month on 180 gram vinyl. But only a thousand copies will be pressed.


Ashley Kunz in the Studio Crawl

Oct 4, 2019
Ashley Kunz

Ashley Kunz is a self-taught artist who is making abstract works in acrylic and alcohol ink.  For the FMVA Studio Crawl she is setting up a large canvas for visitors to add paint to over the two days (October 5th and 6th, 2019).  And of course, she has plenty of her own work to look at, and maybe buy.