Stoner metal bands like Kyuss and Fu Manchu are known as "desert rock," but Ibrahim Ag Alhabib's roving band of North African nomads might take issue with that.

Stoner metal bands like Kyuss and Fu Manchu are known as "desert rock," but Ibrahim Ag Alhabib's roving band of North African nomads might take issue with that. Tinariwen's fusion of ancient Touareg sounds with Arabic pop and psychedelic blues is among music's most mesmerizing melds, and the backstory is worth clicking to tinariwen.com for a read before delving into the mirage Tuesday at the Wex.

-Chris DeVille