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Terakaft is a Tuareg family band that plays its trance-like desert blues both around campfires in the Sahara and at clubs around the world. The group, whose name means “caravan” in Tamasheq, was founded in northern Mali by guitarist Sanou Ag Ahmed in 2001. Terakaft’s new album, Alone, lyrically reflects the troubling political situation of the Tuareg, blamed by some for the terrorists who infiltrated northern Mali (many Tuareg now live in exile). While many songs feature chanted vocals that reflect their despair, a few express hope that things will improve. Read more >>> Terakaft performs with Cheick Hamala Diabate’s Griot Street at 8 p.m. at Bossa Bistro, 2463 18th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-0088. bossadc.com. (Steve Kiviat)

EAT THIS

Tuesday night wine classes return to Vinoteca tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Led by sommelier Kat Chrisman, tonight’s class will focus on fall rosés. The session aims to demonstrate that rosé can be enjoyed year-round and pairs well with fall foods. Participants will try four to six wines each paired with bites from chef Lonnie Zoeller. Tickets, $49.50, are available here. Vinoteca, 1940 11th St. NW. (202) 332-9463. vinotecadc.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

California bands Vinyl Williams and Gazoota head east for an intimate show at Petworth’s Paperhaus. They’re joined by local visual and musical artists Flash Frequency, who will open the show. 8:30 p.m. at 4912 3rd St. NW. Donations requested.

Embrace your inner geek when self-described “nerd folk” duo the Doubleclicks performs at the Black Cat Backstage as part of the Nerd Night Tour with comedian Joseph Scrimshaw and ukulele player Molly Lewis. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12–$15.

Minnesota-based experimental pop act ON AN ON plays DC9 with synth-reliant pop musician Eliot Sumner (daughter of Sting) and keyboardist Dosh. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$14.

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