Haven’t had a chance to hear much Middle Eastern or North African rock-n-roll, but like what little I’ve heard. Here, on an impulse, is the Algerian syncretist Rachid Taha performing “Nokta” in 2001.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.