It's impossible to resist being eternally seduced by the edgy, spellbinding Saharan R&B played by these Tuareg tribesmen who make their home on the edge of the vast desert. Their music became the soundtrack for Tuareg independence and reconciliation. At 7 and 10 p.m. Wednesday at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. Tickets, $18-$22. Call (773) 728-6000; www.oldtownschool.org. -- Mary Houlihan
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The young singer's beautifully conceived, disarming songs perfectly frame her brand of eclectic pop-jazz-folk. With each album (the latest is "Inland Territory"), this talented performer embraces a new confidence and maturity. Ben Sollee opens at 7 and 10 tonight at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport. Tickets, $20. Call (773) 525-2508; www.schubas.com. --MH
Power-pop fans whose sweet tooth can't be sated by the International Pop Overthrow Festival should experience one of the jangly giants of the genre, Tommy Keene, as he supports his recent album, "In the Late Bright," with a stop at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, on Thursday. Sally Crewe opens at 9 p.m. Tickets, $8. Call (773) 227-4433; www.hideoutchicago.com. -- Jim DeRogatis
The songbook of the California-born, New Orleans-schooled Lindell is filled with soulful original tunes that fuse R&B, reggae, swamp pop and funk into a potent, party-time mix. At 9:30 p.m. Saturday at FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn. Tickets, $15. Call (708) 788-2118; www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. --MH