Here's the place where we tell people about acts that they haven't heard and really really should. Give descriptions, link to myspaces, post youtubes and generally convince us to see the bands you think are most awesome
(By the way, don't bother with the Cure or Paul McCartney. Everyone here knows who they are)
Tinariwen-They are a group of nomads from the desert of Mali. Their 2007 album Aman Iman translates to Water is Life, they dress in traditional nomad gear and look really intimidating and hidden. You would never expect the desert blues sound that they produce. The guitar doesn't play chords; instead it spins webs of runs and blasts of ecstatic energy. They have very upbeat rhythms and the guitars mirror African Harps and balafons, which makes for a really energetic and astounding sound. I hear they're supposed to be the Bee's Knees live and they've opened for The Rolling Stones and Robert Plant in Europe, where they are much more well known.
Here's the best song to get started with