Music

James Minchin

Musician Michael Franti has built a career on blending catchy tunes with socially conscious lyrics. He’s currently touring the world with his band Spearhead, and tonight they perform in Flagstaff. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius caught up with Franti by a scratchy phone connection while he waited for his plane to take off from the Calgary International Airport. 

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Folk singer Todd Snider has been on the road for nearly a quarter century. He’s a prolific songwriter with a penchant for hilarious and poignant storytelling. Snider is on tour, celebrating the 10th anniversary of his breakthrough album, East Nashville Skyline, and is performing in Flagstaff tonight. He recently spoke with Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius about the bizarre experiences that inspire many of his songs, and his new memoir, "I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like: Mostly True Tall Tales."

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Last month, the Flagstaff music community lost one of its most skilled and influential members to cancer. Steve Reynolds, 66, was a veteran guitarist, singer and songwriter who combined elements of folk, blues, jazz and rock to create a singular style. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Reynolds’ family and friends are paying tribute by putting the finishing touches on an unreleased album he left behind.

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Singer-songwriter Peter Rowan is bluegrass royalty, having performed with some of the genre’s biggest legends during his five-decade career including Bill Monroe, Del McCoury, David Grisman and Tony Rice. His newest album, which was released in July, is called Dharma Blues and is largely made up of spiritually influenced songs he wrote while traveling in India and Japan in the 1990s. Gillian Welch and former Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady are just two of the many musicians who join him on the record.

Brain Food: 'Musical' No Mas Muertes

Nov 21, 2013
Matt Nelson

No Mas Muertes - or No More Deaths - is an Arizona-based advocacy group that provides humanitarian relief along the U.S.-Mexico border. Since 2004, the group has offered food, water and medical attention to immigrants trying to illegally cross the border from Mexico. And now, the group has a musical component.