Johnny Flynn

It almost sounds cliché to say, but an artist’s sophomore LP is quite often an indication of whether he/she/they will succeed over the long haul. Accepting this as fact, the South African-born, British-raised folk—in the most adventurous sense of a normally unadventurous genre—singer Johnny Flynn will be around for a good long while. On Been Listening, Flynn serves up hints of David Byrne, World Party and the Hankdogs; but mostly he seems the heir apparent to the great Richard Thompson. Listening to Anglo-humpers like the Decemberists, you can’t help but believe they stew with envy every time they hear Flynn do naturally what they have to resort to affectation to achieve. With Gregory Paul. MIKE SEELY

Mon., Nov. 8, 5 p.m., 2010

 
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