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When: Sat., April 5, 7:30 & 10 p.m. 2014

The Tuareg musicians who formed Tinariwen in a Libyan refugee camp in the early 80s still don’t have an official homeland, but over more than three decades they’ve learned to take displacement and political repression in stride. For the recent Emmaar (Anti-) Tinariwen set up camp in a Joshua Tree studio, making this its first album recorded outside Africa. On 2011’s Tassili, cut in the open air of the Sahara, the presence of American rock musicians exerted no appreciable influence on the band’s flinty nested-gear grooves, and as it turns out, neither does the use of a high-end American studio—not even in combination with still more guests, among them guitarists Matt Sweeney (Chavez) and Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers). Tinariwen’s sound hasn’t changed much over its history—its lattice of stabbing blues-inflected licks, clip-clopping cyclical grooves, and clenched-teeth chants is as powerful and poignant as ever. As successful as the band has been, as Tuaregs its members remain disenfranchised. —Peter Margasak

Price: $35, $40 for premier, $45 for VIP

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