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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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  • Baaba Maal Tunes In With Brazilian Girls On 'Television'

    After an eight-year break, Senegalese recording artist Baaba Maal will release "Television," his first album of all-new recorded material since 2001's "Missing You." Due September 15 on Palm, the album joins Maal with members of New York lounge-pop act Brazilian Girls to create eight songs of world-infused exotica that fuses the African traditions he's known for with a breezy, downtempo feel.

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