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  • Gogol Bordello bassist Thomas 'Tommy T' Gobena is a man of the world

    It's breakfast time at Dukem, the popular Ethiopian restaurant on U Street NW, but Thomas "Tommy T" Gobena orders lunch. In a city of red-eyed, Cinnabon-scarfing frequent fliers, he might be the most jet-lagged man in Washington.

    Gobena lives in Alexandria but will spend most of this new year in the air and on the road, playing bass for Gogol Bordello, a merry band of self-branded "Gypsy punks" scheduled to hit about 200 stages across the globe in 2010. Days earlier, Gobena was wowing a crowd of 20,000 in Mexico City. In a few days, he'll be at it again in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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  • Trinity Roots Music Is Choice

    There was good news for Flight of the Conchords fans this week: Jemaine Clement confirmed, yet again, there wouldn't be another series.

    Strange as that sounds, some things are so perfectly formed they are best left alone: Fawlty Towers and the English version of The Office... Great bands, too, deserve an enclosed lifespan.

    The singles Free As a Bird and Real Love using the late John Lennon's home recordings simply tarnished the Beatles' reputation. And everywhere groups - often but a blip on the radar in their time - are reforming to trot out their hits, or hit.

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  • Jo Stance – Jo Stance (Ricky-Tick)

    Back in 2007 Ricky-Tick Records introduced Stance Brothers and their album Kind Soul, a gritty instrumental soul / funk setting masterminded by and fully canned by Teddy Rok at his home studio.

    Fast forward a couple of years, and we are blessed with a magnificient new album from "A Magnificient New Talent" (as declared on the cover). A singer by the name of Jo Stance.

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  • Little Dragon Interview

    Seher Sikandar a Bay Area-based photographer and writer sits down with Little Dragon, a Swedish based electronic music band. You may have heard their song Twice at Grey's Anatomy, but this interview will sure help you to know them better.
     I was lucky enough to see them live at Bohemian Caverns in Washington, DC and I recommend you to catch one of their shows too!

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  • Tenor Saw : A dancehall tenor

    Passed away nearly 20 years ago and even if his career was short, Tenor Saw impressed reggae history and specially the dancehall music.

    Clive Bright alias Tenor Saw was born in 1966 in Kingston, Jamaica. As several artists - as Yami Bolo or Junior Reid - he began with Sugar Minott's Youth Promotion crew. But it's on George Phang's Powerhouse label that he released his first single "Roll Call" in 1984. Followed 'Lots Of Signs' and 'Pumpkin Belly' based on Sleng Teng rhythm. It's with this song that he met his first success in Jamaica. But it was nothing compared with what was going to happen…

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