Khaira Arby: Timbuktu Tarab (Popcornlab, 2011)
I was reading a publicist email blurb this week where Robert Christgau (eminent American rock critic) said Band X ‘tore shit up’. And to be honest, I thought they were wet cardboard soft, but this woman Khaira Arby and her band, now they tear shit up on this 2010 release (and they have a new record coming out in the next month or so)
A two guitar attack, one plinky rhythm guitar and a lead player who picks 99% of white indie guitar players out of his/her stool.
Ms. Arby who hails from the Saharan Timbuktu is a force on the microphone. Strong hardly describes what she has going on melodically and tonally.
Add in a rock solid kit drummer and a bass player and you have a band that tears shit up.