If you’re up for something very different from our town’s usual live music offerings this week, you are in luck, as Algerian quintet Imarhan comes to Cincy to showcase its unique and infectious spin on the traditional African music style called Tuareg. Like the veteran group Tinariwen (which helped bring the music to a wider audience, winning a Grammy in the process), Imarhan riffs on the music’s tradition, but updates it and makes it even more compelling by adding unexpected elements of various genres. Imarhan takes the music even further than Tinariwen by creating a sound infused with Funk, Rock and Psychedelia. The band’s recent self-titled album was recently released on the City Slang label, a German-based imprint that is also home to Indie artists like Stars, Caribou, Nada Surf and the Cincinnati-spawned crew Why? Locally based Afrobeat/Funk ensemble Ernie Johnson from Detroit opens Imarhan’s Cincy show.
10 p.m. Thursday. Free. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, motrpub.com.