Music

Resistance and rebellion are the essence of punk rock. Brother and sister musicians Clayson and Jeneda Benally embraced those ideals growing up on the Navajo Nation. As teenagers they toured with their band Blackfire, performing with legendary rockers like Joey Ramone and Chris Cornell. The Benallys’ current project, Sihasin is a politically-charged bass-and-drums duo with deep roots in punk rock, activism and the bonds of family. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius brings us the latest installment of our occasional segment, Eats and Beats: stories about food and music.


Katherine Hurrelbrinck

This is the first installment of a new occasional segment we like to call Beats and Beets: stories about food and music. The Flagstaff band Enormodome kicks it off. They’re a two-man band like no two-man band you’ve ever heard before. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius brings us this profile.


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Gregory Alan Isakov has two distinct identities: He’s a singer-songwriter and a horticulturist. When he’s not traveling the world playing music, Isakov is tending to heirloom seeds on his farm in Boulder, Colorado where he lives with his bandmates and friends. Isakov is set to perform in Flagstaff Sunday. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius spoke with the musician-farmer and produced this audio postcard.


Melissa Sevigny

The Flagstaff Festival of Science begins today and this year the theme is “the science of change.” Two local artists have teamed up to create a musical experience about wildfire and climate change. Shawn Skabelund is a sculptor and Janice ChenJu Chiang is a pianist. Together they’ve planned a piano concert that takes place in a room transformed into a forest.


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This weekend is the 10th anniversary of Flagstaff’s Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival. In that time, hundreds of national and regional artists have taken the main stage, including the Mars Hillbillies. They’re as local as it gets. An acoustic string band from Flagstaff, they’ve been together for more than a dozen years and have played Pickin’ in the Pines many times. They’ll do it again this anniversary weekend. The Hillbillies recently stopped by KNAU for a jam session and an interview with Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius.


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