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The King Khan & BBQ Show, Milk Lines, The Mystery Lights
Nov 12, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm| $17.00
Well, let’s just hope the Chinese never get ahold of this new King Khan & BBQ Show album as all that ass-shaking would surely send us straight to the bottom of the sea. With the power to surely heal the sick and raise the dead, and BBQ’s untouchably beautiful crooning blasted with Khan’s Chuck Berry’d hog-wild guitar, it’s no wonder they’re touted as the most unrestrained and riotous party band on earth. And conversely, their ability to master the long-lost and lonely doo-wop, Don & Dewey’d bop shoo-wop sounds still can’t cover up their ingenious raw punk sneer lurking under their unmitigated ass-shaking anthems. Their follow up album, What’s For Dinner? and their first for In The Red, is everything I’d hoped it would be. Interspersed with spine-tingling ballads so real and simple and pure, it’s easy to feel their instant appeal on all your senses at once.
The way they cover the bases so well (even paying homage to the Circle Jerks’ “Operation”) with real talent that’s not just some stroke of dumb luck, it’s no doubt that their presence is only going to get exponentially bigger as excited reports of their records and shows flood in from every direction. What’s For Dinner? never lets up from one chicken-fried hit after another, and their incredible range effortlessly sways from one emotion to the next with the deranged dexterity and sloppy precision that always brings a smile to your soul. If there’s going to be one boundary-breaking album this year, it’s gonna be this one right here and the world is definitely going to be a better place with it’s sounds echoing throughout it.
—Todd Killings 2006 (VictimofTime.com / Horizontal Action)