My new favorite band: Tinariwen

7:04 pm by

I went on work-cation in San Diego a couple of weeks ago, and, naturally, caught some shows when I wasn’t in button-down mode. One of the bands I saw was a Saharan musical collective called Tinariwen. They formed in a Libyan refugee camp in the late seventies and have spent most of their career representing the historically oppressed Tuareg people. The band performs in traditional Tuareg dress and reading the translated lyrics will clue you in to the hardships that the “People of the Veil” have endured, whether under French colonialists, Gaddafi, or thousands of years of survival in the world’s harshest environment. Their music is a mixture of West African blues, American psychedelia, and the tribal percussion of nomads. It is wholly unique and incredibly moving to witness live. Check out the video above, and join the Tuareg rebellion the next time they are anywhere within driving distance.

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Voodoo Experience 2011 Line-Up (so far…)

4:24 pm by

After a nice little summer vacation from Breakfast On Tour, I”m back in action, and the first of many posts I have for you comes full circle. If anyone knows anything about BOT”s history, they know that we got the idea to start our website at the 2007 edition of Voodoo Experience. After four years (actually five, but I was just a fan in 2006) of fun times and great music down in the Big Easy, we are gearing up to do it all over again. The 2011 Voodoo Experience, set for the 28th, 29th and 30th of October in New Orleans, has been releasing a band a day for the past couple months. Starting with big names like Soundgarden and Girl Talk in early June, and recently adding acts like Snoop Dogg, The Raconteurs and TV On The Radio, the line-up is starting to shape up quite nicely. With a few major additions still to come over the next week or two, I thought I”d compile who will be playing at this years event as of yet.

Check out the 2011 Voodoo Experience line-up to date after the jump.

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