SANDSTORM—The agile, earthy Tuareg blues of Tinariwen have sent the sounds of the Sahara all around the globe. The group's last album, the exquisite Tassili, displayed a stripped-down, acoustic-oriented sound, but one no less rhythmic—and tonight their soulful, desert-wind tunes mesmerize a Portland crowd. NL
w/Piers Faccini; Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $22-23, all ages

WILD—Local author Cheryl Strayed's touching memoir about her solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail is inspirational and harrowing as get-out. Go listen to Strayed read from Wild—hopefully she'll read the parts about dodging rattlesnakes, bears, and hillbillies, or the time she loses her hiking boots. CF
Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol, 7 pm, FREE