San Diego-bred, NYC-based Brett Uddenberg is a music journalist with over 100 published album and concert reviews to date. He writes for sites and publications including URB Magazine, DailySpots and San Diego Reader and has interviewed artists such as WHY?, Buck 65, Pigeon John and Dessa of Doomtree. Brett also works in freelance PR, crafting bios and one-sheets for a variety of independent musicians across the nation.
Tinariwen are a musical collective from Mali who have gained wide recognition for their brand of desert blues thanks to excellent albums and acclaimed performances at some of the world’s biggest festivals. Incorporating Algerian rai, Egyptian pop and Led Zeppelin, their last album, 2009’s Imidiwan, won an Uncut award for being “the most inspiring and richly rewarding album of the last 12 months.” This year, Tinariwen release their fifth album Tassili, and the first single, “Tenere Taqqim Tossam,” debuts here. Built around an undulating bassline and a spidery guitar figure, it features TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe whose vocal interplay on the chorus blends perfectly with the backing, enhancing but never transforming the song into anything other than a Tinariwen track.