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New Tinariwen album features TV on the Radio, Wilco

on June 09, 2011, 11:20am

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.

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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