#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


October Shows in Atlanta, #1: Jack White at The Fox Theatre

Atlanta, Tue. 10/9:  Go see Jack White at The Fox Theatre!  In my opinion, Jack White can do know wrong (except for that ICP thing)… but in fact, anything he is involved with is nothing less than amazing.  I’ve only seen him live once, but seeing him and The Raconteurs play “Blue Veins” at The Tabernacle last year was the single best performance I’ve ever seen live.  Needless to say, I’m looking forward to this show…

Tickets & Such:

  • $36.50-$99.70 online
  • Show: 8:00pm
  • Opener: Pokey LaFarge
  • The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

More from Jack White:

October Shows in Atlanta, #3: Ryan Bingham at Variety Playhouse

Atlanta, Thu. 10/11: Go see Ryan Bingham at Variety Playhouse!  Bingham just released his 4th studio album, Tomorowland, and after seeing him in Atlanta back in March of 2011, I can say that you do NOT want to miss the energy of his live show! 

Tickets & Such:

  • $25 at the box office / $30.35  online
  • Doors 7:00pm, Show: 8:00pm
  • Opener: The Americans
  • Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

More from Ryan Bingham:

September Shows in Atlanta, #3: Two Gallants and PAPA at Terminal West

Atlanta, Wed. 9/12: At #3, go see San Francisco’s Two Gallants, one week after the release of their new album!  And don’t miss the opening band, PAPA!

Tickets & Such:

  • $15 at the box office (call 404-876-5566 for hours)
  • $15 (+ $3.74 fees) online / $15 at the door
  • Show: 9pm / Doors: 8pm
  • RSVP on Facebook / Opener: PAPA
  • Terminal West at King Plow, 887 West Marietta Street NW,  Atlanta, GA 30318

More from Two Gallants:

  • Twitter + Facebook
  • Additional tour dates here
  • 4th studio album, The Bloom and the Blight, available here on 9/4

More from PAPA:

September Shows in Atlanta, #7: The Wallflowers at Smith’s Olde Bar

Atlanta, Mon. 9/24: At #7, go see The Wallflowers… one week before the release of Glad All Over, their first album in 7 years!

Tickets & Such:  Update (9/12): This show is SOLD OUT!

  • $25 (+$2.75 fee) online
  • Show: 8pm
  • RSVP on Facebook
  • Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

More from The Wallflowers:

  • Twitter + Facebook
  • Additional tour dates here
  • Download “Reboot the Mission” here for free
  • 6th studio album, Glad All Over, available 10/2 on Columbia Records