#NewMusic This Week: Tinariwen, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Sam Roberts Band

Tinariwen at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, 2011

Tinariwen – Emmaar:  Tinariwen is a nomadic band of Tuareg blues musicians from the Saharan Desert in Northern Africa. Since forming in 1979, political chaos and violence have escalated in Mali, where Islamist extremists have gone as far as kidnapping a band member and banning music entirely. But this has not stopped Tinariwen (translated “deserts”) from sharing their story through music. Last year, the band escaped to Joshua Tree National Park in California to record their 7th studio album, Emmaar. I’ll never forget their inspiring show at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta (11/12/2011) and I highly recommend making the trip to Georgia Theatre in Athens on March 19th.

Tour | iTunes | Vinyl

Sounds like: Terakaft, Bombino, Toubab Krewe

Hurray for the Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes:  After making our list of top 9 shows last April, Hurray for the Riff Raff are back with their new album, Small Town Heroes. Take a listen, buy the album and go see them live at Variety Playhouse on March 1st (opening for Shovels and Rope)!

Tour | iTunes | Vinyl | Sound like: The Carter Family, Shovels and Rope

Sam Roberts Band – Lo-Fantasy:  One thing I love about discovering new music is that there is something to discover every week! Before Tuesday, I had never heard of Sam Roberts, but this Montreal-based rocker has just released his 6th studio album, Lo-Fantasy, and it is worth your listen. No upcoming Atlanta shows, but we’ll keep you posted…

Tour | iTunes | Vinyl | Sounds like: Leagues

April Shows in Atlanta, #1-9 (with a Spotify Playlist)

This month saw the return of our #3 artist from December and few more of my favorite artists, including a band that has never played in Atlanta until now!  Check out our April list and click the link for more info.  See ya at the show!

#1:  Pickwick at The Earl 4/30

#2:  Charles Bradley at The Masquerade 4/21

#3:  Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears at Sweetwater 420 Fest 4/20

#4:  Lake Street Dive at Star Bar 4/5

#5:  My Morning Jacket at Centennial Park 4/5

#6:  Marcus Foster and The Lone Bellow at Eddie’s Attic 4/3-4/4

#7:  Foals at The Goat Farm 4/30

#8:  Hurray for the Riff Raff with Sam Doors, Riley Downing and The Tumbleweeds at 529 4/11

#9:  Lee Baines III & the Glory Fires at The Earl 4/25

Listen on Spotify:

April Shows in Atlanta, #8: Hurray for the Riff Raff with Sam Doores, Riley Downing and The Tumbleweeds at 529

Atlanta, Thu. 4/11:  Go see Hurray for the Riff Raff at 529 in the East Atlanta Village!  I had the pleasure of seeing Alynda lee Segarra and her band, Hurray for the Riff Raff, at Grocery on Home this past November.  A Puerto Rican raised in The Bronx, Alynda settled down in New Orleans after living a life of a traveling musician, often hopping trains to get to the next town.  Even though she now calls Louisiana home, she still continues to tour, including opening shows for Alabama Shakes earlier this year and a Spring tour that includes the U.K., Ireland and Canada .  With a mix of folk, classic country, surf-rock and psychedelia and lyrics that portray her passion for the South, Hurray for the Riff Raff is a band for fans of all things Americana.

“Look Out Mama” is the title track from their latest album…

Tickets & Such:

  • $9.90 online / $10 at the door
  • Show: 9:30pm / 21+
  • Openers: Sam Doors + Riley Downing & The Tumbleweeds, Rolling Nowhere
  • 529 Bar, 529 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30318

Get there early for Sam Doors + Riley Downing & The Tumbleweeds!

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