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Tonight: Etran Finatawa at Neumos, Alpha Yaya Diallo at Jazz Alley, Wolf Parade at the Showbox

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Etran Finatawa, with Baba Maraire & Nhaka Yedu feat. Lora Chiorah. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $15. I'm guessing you will probably have very few opportunities to see a nomad culture brought to life onstage, and you'll have even fewer chances to see two nomad tribes come together and make music. The six members of Etran Finatawa hail from two Nigerien tribes - the Wodaabe come from a tradition of a cappella music with wide harmonies and unique rhythmic sounds, and the Tuaregs bring lively beats driven by guitar and various percussion instruments. Together, they create a deep desert blues that calls out into the Sahara and pulls the voices of western Africa into a powerful, riveting sound. MARY PAULINE DIAZ

Alpha Yaya Diallo. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729. 7:30 p.m. $24.50. Though he's been out of Africa, and based in B.C., for years now, the Guinea-born singer and guitarist continues to find new ways to synthesize the many West African styles he was reared on. His new disc, Immé, is a fantastically varied stew of rhythms, languages, and instrumentation, all of it tinged with a certain melancholy that only seems to come from someone far from home. Diallo's solo set at KEXP earlier this year was solid, but he's better with a band, and word is he'll have at least a trio with him. MARK D. FEFER

Wolf Parade, with Moools. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 8 p.m. $23. All ages. The Closest We're Gonna Get to Neutral Milk.

 
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