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.
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)!
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…