Wed July 30, 2014
Music Interviews

Dom Flemons Holds On To Those Old-Time Roots

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 1:50 pm

Dom Flemons with his 1920s banjo.
Michael Weintrob Courtesy of the artist

From his vintage hat to his enormous 1920s banjo, Dom Flemons looks like he's time-traveled from a different era.

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Tue July 29, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Saintseneca: Tiny Desk Concert

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Saintseneca performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Olivia Merrion NPR

One of the many instruments you may hear Saintseneca play — beyond the banjo, baglama, bulbul, balalaika, bowed banjo, baritone ukulele, bass and bouzouki — is a stomp box. Basically, it's a roughly 2'x2' plywood floorboard meant for pounding the beat. At a show just before this Tiny Desk Concert, craftily bearded singer Zac Little put his boot right through that floorboard.

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Tue July 29, 2014
The Record

Chronixx: 'I'm Not A Perfectionist With Music'

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 9:17 am

Chronixx onstage on Saturday at LargeUp's SummerStage event in New York City's Central Park.
Sherwin Dyer Courtesy of LargeUp

Summertime bodes well for reggae music. The genre's biggest crossover moves — from Sean Paul to I Wayne — have been made during the balmier months, when Americans relax enough to stretch the geographical limits of our soundtracks. This year's case in point: Chronixx, Jamaica's current it-artist, steadily making strides on international shores.

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Mon July 28, 2014
World Cafe

World Cafe Next: Sam Morrow

Sam Morrow.
Memry Anderson Courtesy of the artist

For our World Cafe: Next this week we are featuring the music of Sam Morrow's debut album, Ephemeral. Morrow is from the South. He's in his early 20s. His songs are almost all influenced by his recent struggle with addiction and the insights of its aftermath. But by no means is the album depressing — particularly the tracks we'll play today. Meet Sam Morrow.

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Sun July 27, 2014
Music Interviews

Life Beyond The Dance Floor

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 5:15 pm

Fin Greenall, the singer-songwriter behind the band Fink, began his music career as a DJ.
Tommy N Lance Courtesy of the artist

Fin Greenall is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. His band, Fink, has been releasing albums since 2006 and dropped its latest, Hard Believer, this month. He's also a songwriter for hire, who has lent his talents to tracks by John Legend and Amy Winehouse. But before any of this, he was a success in a very different world: dance music.

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