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New Tinariwen album features TV on the Radio, Wilco

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    World music can be a hard sell to the indie crowd, but Tuareg collective Tinariwen has an idea. The Saharan band has collaborated with a few recognizable American names for its upcoming fifth studio album.

    Out August 30th on ANTI- Records, the followup to 2009’s Imidiwan: Companions is titled Tassili. The band brought in some special guests to record the full-length — that is, somewhere in the southeastern Algerian Desert — including TV on the Radio vocalists Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone. Dirty Dozen Brass Band handled the horn section for the record, while Wilco’s chief ax man Nels Cline also chipped in to add what guitars were necessary. Tinariwen made it a point not to focus on electric guitars, relying more on acoustics and unamplified percussion.

    In the month preceding the release of Tassili, be sure to look out for Tinariwen’s North American tour. The band will visit America after two upcoming gigs in Europe, hitting stops in Chicago, Minneapolis, California, Seattle, and New York. The itinerary also includes three festivals, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival on July 17th, and finally NYC’s GrassRoots fest before Tinariwen heads back to Europe. The extensive international tour, featuring dates in Europe, Japan, and North America, lasts through the end of the year when Tinariwen will appear at the Jeff Magnum-curated ATP UK festival. Take a look at Tinariwen’s upcoming calendar below.

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    Tinariwen 2011 Tour Dates:
    06/28 – Paris, FR @ Theatre des Bouffes du Nord
    07/02 – Comblain-La-Tour, BE @ Comblain Jazz Festival
    07/07 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
    07/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
    07/09-10 – Winnipeg, MB @ Winnipeg Folk Festival
    07/12 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
    07/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
    07/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s 365 Club
    07/16 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
    07/17 – Vancouver, BC @ Vancouver Folk Music Festival
    07/20 – New York, NY @ HighLine Ballroom
    07/21 – New York, NY @ GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance
    07/23 – Valence, FR @ Valence Festival
    07/24 – Meze, FR @ Festival de Thau
    07/27 РBudapest, HU @ Z̦ld Paron
    07/29 – Berlin, DE @ Haus der Kulturen der Welt
    07/31 – Nigata Prefecture, JP @ Fuji Rock
    08/27 – Rio de Janeiro, BR @ Back to Black Festival
    09/03 – Birmingham, UK @ Moseley Folk Festival
    09/04 – North Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival
    09/21 – Paris, FR @ 104
    09/25 – Ljubljana, SI @ Krizanke Amphitheater
    09/26 – Zagreb, HR @ Aquarius Club
    09/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Ooh La L.A!
    10/05 – Magny-Le-Hongre, FR @ File 7
    10/06 – Cologne, DE @ Philharmonie
    10/07 – Blois, FR @ Halle Aux Grains
    10/08 – Begles, FR @ Rendez-vous des Terres Neuvese
    10/09 – Laval, FR @ 6 par 4
    10/11 – Lyon, FR @ Ninkasi Kao
    10/12 – Poitiers, FR @ Théâtre Scène Nationale
    10/13 – Nanterre, FR @ Maison de la Musique
    10/15 – Zurich, CH @ Kaufleuten
    10/16 – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks
    10/18 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
    10/19 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
    10/20 – Mannheim, DE @ Alte Feuerwache
    10/21 – Berlin, DE @ Kesselhaus
    10/22 – Warsaw, PL @ Palladium
    10/23 – Wroc?Aw, PL @ Eter Club
    10/27 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
    11/18 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
    12/04 – Minehead, UK @ ATP UK Curated by Jeff Magnum

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