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Caught in the Act: Pop Evil, live at the Red River Valley Fair

I was a latecomer to the Pop Evil train, I admit. My friend Derek is a huge fan of the band and his enthusiasm helped me listen with unbiased ears not long ago. I liked what I heard, listened some more and realized I’ve been exposed to tons of Pop Evil’s music over the last […]

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11 Pop Songs Skillfully Covered by Hard Rock Bands

I was in my office the other day listening to Hellyeah’s version of “I Don’t Care Anymore” and my officemate and I started discussing other great cover songs done by bands you wouldn’t expect, which prompted this list… 11 Pop Songs Skillfully Covered by Hard Rock Bands.

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6 Great Rock Bands Who Didn’t Quite Make It

How could a great rock band, if they are truly great, not become a phenomenon? Right? Maybe new record label management left them out in the cold. Maybe substance abuse and interpersonal drama spelled the end. The reasons are many why these six great rock bands didn’t quite make it, with emphasis on the word […]

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Review: Blackberry Smoke “Like an Arrow”

Blackberry Smoke is a Georgia southern rock band I discovered a few years ago when I ran across their concert video “Live at the Georgia Theatre”, and I’ve been a fan ever since. Straddling the line between country and southern rock, Blackberry Smoke is a band that defies labels. Restless, one of the more popular […]

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7 Canadian Artists Virtually Unknown in America

Growing up in North Dakota, I got a heavy dose of Canadian music in my youth. Canadian artists like Loverboy and April Wine made frequent swings through North Dakota on tour, and I developed a love for the music and a fascination with the bands of the Great White North. And while global artists like […]

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Local History Music

How a Lil Jon Concert Scam Unfolded in Fargo

A story about a bogus concert promoter who scheduled a fake tour featuring Drake hit the web in 2011, and it reminded me that a similar thing happened at a radio station I once worked at, so I decided to write it down. The Concert Promotion It was 2004 and I was working as the […]