I had never been fully on board with King Kahn until last night, when I randomly threw on his new record, The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines (Vice Records). As arrogant and cheeky as that title may be, it's not without serious merit. It's one of the strongest psych-influenced soul punk records I've heard in ages, and if you have even a passing interest in Greg Cartwright's catalog (and by extension, local bands like the Fucking Eagles), then you should jump all over this shit. Khan himself is only half the selling point; the backing players are stellar. The ensemble includes 60-year old Chicago-born percussionist Ron Steeter (who's toured with Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder) and a famous French rockabilly saxophonist named Big Fred Rollercoaster.
They'll be playing the Tractor here on July 13. Check it: