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Week ahead: Khaira Arby for free; Super Wild Horses great debut; The Specials visit "Letterman"

By David Malitz

If you go to one concert this week, make it: Malian singer Khaira Arby, who is currently on the first American tour of her 20-year career. Backed by a full band her sound combines the desert blues of her home country along with some sizzling electric guitar freakouts. It's a free show Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Millennium Stage.

If you buy one album tomorrow, make it: "Fifteen," the crackling debut from Australian duo Super Wild Horses. Amy Franz and Hayley McKee play stripped-down guitar and drums rock that recalls the best of the Vaselines and the Breeders. The title track is a shoo-in for top 10 of the year.

And if you stay up late to watch one artist on TV this week, make it: The Specials on "Letterman" Thursday night. Wear your checkered pajamas for this one.

By David Malitz  |  August 23, 2010; 3:05 PM ET
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Khaira Arby, Super Wild Horses, The Specials  
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Picked up (or rather downloaded) the new Super Wild Horses album over the weekend and have had it on pretty much non-stop. Definitely recommended

Posted by: ChesterJLampwick | August 23, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

When I see "Mali" on a blurb on the schedule for Millennium Stage, I pay attention. The Khaira Arby show last night was great, perhaps the best show I've seen there since Konono No. 1 a few years ago. The singing was fine, but I felt the guitar and drums really drove the music. One hour is usually long enough for a Millennium Stage show, but I didn't want last night's show to end.

It would be good to see the Millennium Stage get back to more of the international flavor that is used to have. It seems to have a lot more in the way of college chamber orchestras and such the last couple of years, and I find myself attending a lot less frequently.

Posted by: MyPostID27 | August 25, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

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