Haunted by the gnarly roots of the blues, the sinuous sound of Tinariwen blows in from the Sahara on an arid wind punctuated by the equally harsh landscape and history of the region. The band consists of Tuaregs forced from their nomadic traditions into exile, where they used electric guitars to transform ancient desert music into something that connects to John Lee Hooker and Jimi Hendrix. The music can almost be hallucinatory: droning guitars over writhing percussion, with call-and-response vocals crying for justice and rebellion. The group traded electric for acoustic guitars on last year's Tassili, featuring contributions from Wllco guitarist Nils Cline and members of TV on the Radio. Most extraordinary, however, are the surrealistic, free-jazz-like horns from New Orleans's Dirty Dozen Brass Band, which quaver and wail while shadowing the undulating guitars on "Ya Messinagh."
Sat., Oct. 27, 7 & 9 p.m., 2012