“If we stay silent, it will be the end of us,” Mdou Moctar sings in French on the title track of his new album, Afrique Victime (Matador). If there’s one […]
Mauritania doesn’t have the global pop footprint of its neighbor Senegal; its local musical culture is dominated by traditional forms played at weddings and other ceremonial venues. Noura Mint Seymali […]
Over their previous few albums, veteran Tuareg band Tinariwen have included contributions from a revolving cast of rock musicians, and their strong new Elwan (Anti) follows suit. Guitarists Kurt Vile […]
A previously unreleased collection of tracks by L’Orchestre National de Mauritanie reflects the heyday of the North African nation’s postcolonial hopes.
Short takes on recent releases from Don Cherry, the Sham Palace label, and Anna Ternheim
Peter Margasak’s 40 favorite albums of the year, part three.
Cool Kids, tons of festivals, recent reissues, and much more
Archers of Loaf, Yob, Tinariwen, Mount Moriah, Emmylou Harris, and other notable shows
This week’s Early Warnings include Balkan Beat Box, the Decemberists, All Tiny Creatures, Tinariwen, the North Coast Music Festival, DYS, the Strange Boys, and others.
Saturday’s all-day marathon features an eclectic mix of performances from Mos Def, Brother Ali, Kindred the Family Soul, Tinariwen, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and others.
This week’s Early Warnings include the Buzzcocks, Cyndi Lauper, Gary Louris, Public Enemy, Bassekou Kouyate, and Tinariwen.
The 2010 schedule for the Music Without Borders series in Millennium Park includes Tinariwen, Balkan Beat Box, and Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou.
Live (and in class) at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 2/27-28
Critic’s Choices and other notable concerts: Pierced Arrows, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, John Primer, Tinariwen, and more
Last-minute ticket gift ideas.