Mark Sultan may not be a household name, but he's an incredibly busy and influential musician. Typically thrown into the "garage punk" genre, he's played with King Khan and BBQ Show (he is also known as BBQ), Almighty Defenders (with the Black Lips), Spaceshits, and Les Sexareenos. Currently he is performing as a one-man band. Touring in support of two recent In the Red Records releases and a live Record Store Day LP released last month, Sultan brings his show to St. Paul to deliver a performance that encompasses much of his catalog. He draws from garage, pop, doo-wop, punk, early R&B, and more, led by his harmonic voice and the ability to craft memorable and rhythmic hooks. Sultan plays drums, guitar, sings, and has been mixing floor toms, cymbals, and delay pedals into recent live shows. While playing multiple instruments, Sultan makes a point to avoid gimmickry, relying instead on beautifully crafted songs that pull from a deep and varied songbook that draws heavily from rock 'n' roll's early eras. With Birthday Suits, FMWired, DJ Danny Henry.
Sat., May 26, 9 p.m., 2012