King Khan and the Shrines Killed It Last Night, Drop “Children of the World”

arish_cartas_tarot_jodoroski_by_matias_corralKing Khan dropped into Nashville last night and brought the Shrines along for the ride. Despite being a fan of him and all of his 2oo different bands for the past six years, I have managed to miss him every single time he’s been in town. Life and shit happens sometimes…and if you’re really lucky, sometimes both can happen at once. Nevertheless, I wasn’t gonna let this be another one of those times.

I got to the Mercy Lounge late enough to miss Music Band (thankfully) but early enough to catch Muuy Biien. The band grew on me, despite the lead singer’s habit of sticking out his tongue between every line of the verse (and fuck, does even writing that make me feel old). They blasted through their riffs & chops and put on a good enough show that might have made me a fan.

King Khan and the Shrines came on next. Having seen Charles Bradley bring down the Exit/In a month ago, the bar was raised considerably higher in terms of soul acts. When Khan started playing though, making a comparison between the two seemed futile. While Charles Bradley is more old school soul and delivered a much more emotional/cathartic performance, King Khan was set on delivering a good time. They’re in completely different leagues – ones that you and I could only ever dream to be in.

As the night went on, Khan and the Shrines unleashed their signature mixture of gospel, soul, garage, and psychedelic rock upon the audience and they ate it up like it was covered in sugar and cocaine. There were shouts for feminism, black power, transgender rights, free love, and most of all, a good fucking time. Khan made two costume changes and as closed out the night with a psychedelic number about going down on a chick, he made his way through the audience along with his two saxophone players. They stood in the middle of the crowd, covered themselves in Khan’s cape, and proceeded to wring out more music. To the inexperienced, it must have looked like witchcraft. To everyone else, it was just as hypnotic.

Anyways, one of the songs that Khan pulled out last night was a newly released track that he made for an upcoming documentary called The Invaders. The track is called “Children of the World” and it fucking rips. Check it out as well as some tour dates below. If that write up hasn’t convinced you to catch the band, then don’t. I’m all for having less dumbasses at shows.

Children of the World – King Khan

King Khan & the Shrines on tour:
Jun 3 London, UK — The Blues Kitchen
Jun 7 Atlanta, GA — The Earl
Jun 8 Raleigh, NC — Kings
Jun 9 Washington, DC — Black Cat
Jun 10 Philadelphia, PA — Underground Arts
Jun 11 Brooklyn, NY — Brooklyn Bowl
Jun 13 Cambridge, MA — The Sinclair
Jun 14 Montreal, QC — La Sala Rossa
Jun 16 Toronto, ON — Horseshoe Tavern
Jun 17 Cleveland, OH — Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
Jun 18 Chicago, IL — Wicker Park’s Green Music Fest
Jun 19 Chicago, IL — Subterranean
Jun 20 St. Paul, MN — Turf Club
Jun 23 Seattle, WA — Neumos
Jun 24 Portland, OR — Dante’s
Jun 26 Oakland, CA — Mosswood Park
Jun 27 Los Angeles, CA — Echoplex
Jun 28 Phoenix, AZ — Crescent Ballroom
Jun 30 Austin, TX — The Mohawk
Jul 01 San Antonio, TX — Paper Tiger
Jul 02 Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

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