Concert Photos: Tinariwen @ Lincoln Hall (Chicago, IL)

Malian blues band Tinariwen kicked off its North American tour last night at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, playing tunes from its forthcoming album, Tassili (Anti-, 8/30/11). To record the new album, the band took to the Algerian desert with only acoustic guitars and percussion. Joining in the recording process were TV on the Radio members Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone and Nels Cline of Wilco and the Nels Cline Singers.

Though the band’s numbers can swell to upwards of 10 musicians, a more-than-capable quintet took to the stage in Chicago. Clad in traditional Malian tunics and turbans, the band worked the crowd into a fervor with equal parts uptempo, guitar-driven rock and plaintive African blues.


Contest: FREE Weekend Pass to Heineken TransAtlantic Festival

Taking place from April 17-18 and 24-25 in Miami, Florida, the seventh annual Heineken TransAtlantic Festival features prominent musicians from around the globe, performing worldly sounds like funk Cubano, cumbia glitch, Afrobeat, Mexican jazz, and Malian desert rock.

Big-name scheduled performers include Tinariwen, the Budos Band, Ximena Sarinana, and more.

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Dysrhythmia begins recording its new album; Tinariwen announces UK dates with Tunng; Prefuse 73 has a new album and a project with Zach Hill; Lifetime reissues a pair of albums; Pelican signs to Southern Lord. Read about this and more in our weekly roundup.

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a2a.jpgDespite increasingly miserable mainstream hits (how can the radio get any worse?), 2007 was an excellent, indulgent, fulfilling year of music. Here is a look at our favorite ten albums of the year.