The King Khan & BBQ Show, Those Darlins

This roving surf-punk-soul-country-garage-rock blowout features two great live bands with a penchant for raw, unpretentious intensity. King Khan & BBQ (pictured) are former members of Montreal's gloriously named Spaceshits, Arish Khan and Mark Sultan—the former a bewigged, Berlin-based Indo-Canadian singer-guitarist dynamo (for King Khan and the Shrines) who recently announced a forthcoming collaboration with Wu-Tang Clan rapper GZA, the latter an erstwhile Bob Log-style one-man-band unto himself. (Both also collaborate with the Black Lips as the Almighty Defenders.) In America you're innocent until proven guilty, but it's a safe bet these guys, who brought you "Teenage Foetus" ("Sittin' on the porch now, no skin at all"), take more than cream in their coffee: The Show was recently busted for possession of a controlled substance in Kentucky, though the tour goes on. Openers Those Darlins, from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, are even better: Three hard yet sure female voices with clarion three-part harmonies—siblings in the sense that the Ramones were (or are they really sisters?), and with a sound something like the Soviettes for Trailer Trash fans, or the Dixie Chicks for the roller-derby set. Their 2009 self-titled debut on Thirty Tigers is more cow-punk than alt-country, and with a pop sophistication you wouldn't necessarily expect or even require. Don't wear anything you care about. 18+.
Sun., Nov. 29, 9 p.m., 2009

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