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Monday, February 3rd, 2014

NPR Premieres New Tinariwen Album 'Emmaar'

NPR's First Listen Series is premiering the new album Emmaar by acclaimed “Tuareg” band Tinariwen in its entirety. The record is the highly anticipated follow up to the group's 2011 album Tassili which won a Grammy for Best World Music Album.

Hear Emmaar by Tinariwen care of NPR's First Listen Series here: http://www.npr.org/2014/02/02/267027505/first-listen-tinariwen-emmaar

Due to instability in their North of Mali homeland, Tinariwen recorded Emmaar in another desert: Joshua Tree, California. Created in the region known for spaced-out rock ‘n’ roll and psychedelic cowboy folk,the album showcases a distinctly organic soulful feel. The group was joined in Joshua Tree by agroup of esteemed American musicians including Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, Matt Sweeney of Chavez, Nashville fiddler Fats Kaplin, and poet Saul Williams. The album, mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, The Dead Weather), is a richly layered listen solidified by atmospheric textures and gritty hypnotic guitar-work.

Tinariwen will be touring North American in support of Emmaar beginning in March.

Tinariwen Tour Dates

March 13, 2014 Austin, TX SXSW
March 18, 2014 Nashville, TN The Hight Watt
March 19, 2014 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
March 20, 2014 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
March21, 2014 Philadelphia, PA Prince Music Theater
March 22, 2014 Washington, DC Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
March 23, 2014 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl
March 24, 2014 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl
March 25,2014 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
March 26, 2014 Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse
March 27, 2014 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
March 28, 2014 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
April 1, 2014 Pittsburgh, PA Warhol’s Entrance Space
April 2, 2014 Kent, OH The Kent Stage
April 4, 2014 Nelsonville, OH Stuart’s Opera House
April 5, 2014 Chicago, IL City Winery
April 6, 2014 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
April 8, 2014 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
April 9, 2014 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
April 11, 2014 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
April 12, 2014 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
April 14, 2014 Seattle, WA Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
April 15, 2014 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
April 17, 2014 Los Angeles, CA The Belasco Theater
April 18, 2014 Grass Valley, CA The Center For The Arts
April 19. 2014 San Francisco, CA The Nourse Theater
April 20, 2014 Pioneer Town, Ca Pappy & Harriet's
April 21, 2014 Phoenix, AZ MIM Music Theater
April 22, 2014 El Prado, NM Taos Mesa Brewing
April 24, 2014 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
April 25, 2014 Lafayette, LA Festival International de Louisiane
April 26, 2014 Lafayette, LA Festival International de Louisiane