It was another geographic whirlwind this week on Audiofile. English pop maverick Andy Partridge tries his hand at improvised music with Monstrance, and indie-rock outfits the Thermals and Archives hail from the Pacific Northwest. Conor Oberst's Bright Eyes comes to us from the thriving Omaha music scene. But it's Tinariwen that wins the distance game -- this band of Tuareg rebel musicians calls the deserts of Mali home.
-- David Marchese
"No One Would Riot for Less," Bright Eyes
"Pillar of Salt," the Thermals