Read my article on examiner.com profiling Tinariwen from the Malian Saharan. They will be playing the San Francisco Jazz Festival on Thursday night. While they sing about exile, oppression and the struggle for freedom, their music is certain to get the audience on their feet.
Also in the news, Phil Spector finally gets his due for the crazy he's always had inside him. Listen to this fabulous piece on NPR and watch these videos. I imagine his music will outlive the crazy as his time creates the legend, we'll see.