A couple weeks back Split Works hooked one of the worlds biggest, most critically acclaimed acts – Tinariwen – the Sahara desert rock troupe formed from members of the Tuareg ethnic group who were forced to flee Mali to Algeria amidst government uprising, and who have graced stages and ears for decades with their spellbinding, rollicking, rebellious and ultimately transcendent music. The thing with a band of this nature and ilk is it’s innate ability to throw you into a trance. Now mind you, it’s not immediate. It’s gradual. The band chips away at you, one groove after another – some small, some subtle – and slowly but surely leers you into their trap. And then, like that, you’re theirs. And there’s no turning back – so you give in, let the purple hues lights guide you, and simply ride it through, as each songs picks up, spins you round, and tells every cell in your body to move. It’s infectious, gorgeously orchestrated, intricately layered and communal in the largest sense (their hype man is a vital ingredient). And it all went down here in Beijing. Props.
Let me start off my saying I did not make it though the whole show – simply couldn’t. Didn’t have it in me. Exhausted. Metal does that to you. It’s a draining experience, especially with […]
Hailing from Ontario, BadBadNotGood has become revered for their off-kilter rearrangements of hip-hop classics and devilishly bombastic originals, layering intricate jazz stylings and spry improvisation with krautrock elasticity, hip-hop rancor, and soulful conviction. They rolled through town last […]
Kurt Vile is a singer\’s songwriter through and through – there\’s an old soul deep within that well of lyricism and cross-country Americana; A wise, assured, clear-headed authenticity that makes the Philadelphian a joy to […]