Kaki King

Friday, March 21

Atlanta-born Kaki King initially made a name for herself several years

back via her prowess on guitars of all kinds (acoustic, electric, lap

steel, etc.), using tapping, picking, looping, layering, and

percussive techniques to absolutely astonishing ends. Rolling Stone

named her a "Guitar God"—the only woman ever so hailed by the magazine

(a sad-but-true fact, but I digress . . . ); in November, when she

performed a song with Foo Fighters at a London show, Dave Grohl noted

to the audience, "There are some guitar players that are good and

there are some guitar players that are really fucking good. And then

there's Kaki King." While all of that remains true, the thing that

stands out about King's brand-new Dreaming of Revenge isn't

necessarily her instrumental mastery but the songs, and how her

absolutely alluring, breathy voice and her storytelling mesh with

post-rock, campfire-folk, and dream-pop textures, often in an

appealingly haunting way. King is coming to town with a four-piece

backing band, which promises much more than simply a night of "Guitar

Hero." With Matt Sheehy. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Fri., March 21, 9 p.m., 2008

 
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