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Tinariwen and The Melodic


Aladdin Theater (map) Southeast
Tue., April 15, 8 p.m. 2014 21+


Tinariwen's Grammy-winning 2011 album Tassili was famously recorded deep in a craggy Algerian national park, away from the professional studios where the band had, for years, recorded its intoxicating desert blues. And when it came time to make the follow-up, political unrest in Tinariwen's home country of Mali forced the group—Tuareg musicians descended from Saharan nomads—to again look elsewhere. They landed in Joshua Tree, California, where they built a studio inside a large house so all members could gather in one room and capture their dense, dusky sound in the most natural and organic way possible. The result, Emmaar, is a stunner, in which roiling hand drums burble beneath gentle electric-guitar drones and warm incantations on desert life and the strife in Mali. It's a formula Tinariwen has been working for decades, and it sounds as vibrant and vital as ever. BEN SALMON

Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie, Portland, OR 97202
Hours: Open for shows only.

Venue Hours
  • Open for shows only.
Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Tue., April 15, 8 p.m. 2014
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