Watch Video: New King Khan Track

King Khan

Album drops via Merge on Sept. 3. The BLURT reviewer notes, of an advance listen, “No one who’s seen Khan play would ever accuse the man of minimalism, so this must be the way he heard his music all along, slathered over with strings, bursting at the seams with big band blasts and blares… great soul has always been about the rasp as well as the smooth-i-tude, the sweat alongside the cool-ness. King Khan is, so far, pursuing a sound that is more huge than slick, and it sounds great.”

 By Blurt Staff

 Though often called the “wildest show on earth” and known for their spectacle of a stage show, King Khan & The Shrines aren’t afraid to mix their velvety pop and soul-infused, psyched-out numbers with meaning and seriousness evident through album title, Idle No More, named after an indigenous-rights movement, and plenty of songs about the state of the world we live in today.

 Consider album track, “Darkness,” which, as King Khan says, is about the “ugly beasts that must be tamed inside of us all” and also his “attempt to do something as real as Nina Simone.” Visually presented through the excellent new stop-motion video, written, directed and produced by Benjael Halfmaderoz/Hylas Film, the “Darkness” video is here:

Tour Dates:

 Wed. Aug. 28 – Luxembourg, LU @ Exit07

Thu. Aug. 29 – Haarlem, NE @ Dutch Garage Rock Explosion @ Patronaat

Fri. Aug. 30 – Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival

Sat. Aug. 31 – Jersey, UK @ Jersey Live Festival

Sun. Sep. 1 – London, UK @ XOYO

Mon. Sep. 2 – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt

Wed. Sep. 4 – Paris, FR @ Trabendo

Thu. Sep. 5 – Brussels, BE @ Magasin 4

Fri. Sep. 6 – Vlieland, NE @ Great Wide Open Festival

Fri. Oct. 11 — San Diego, CA @ Casbah

Sat. Oct. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Culture Collide Festival

Sun. Oct. 13 — San Francisco, CA @ Slims

Mon. Oct. 14 — Portland, OR @ Dantes

Tue. Oct. 15 — Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre

Wed. Oct. 16 — Seattle, WA @ Neumos

Thu. Oct. 17 — Boise, ID @ Neurolux

Fri. Oct. 18  — Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

Sat. Oct. 19 — Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

Sun. Oct. 20 — Kansas City, KS @ The Record Bar

Mon. Oct. 21 — St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

Tue. Oct. 22 — Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

Wed. Oct. 23 — Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

Thu. Oct. 24 — Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop

Fri. Oct. 25 — Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

Sat. Oct. 26 — Toronto, ON @ Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

Sun. Oct. 27 — Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe

Tue. Oct. 29 — Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

Wed. Oct. 30 — New York, NY @ Webster Hall

Thu. Oct. 31 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

Fri. Nov. 1 — Washington, DC @ Black Cat

Sat. Nov. 2 — Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall

Mon. Nov. 4 — Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

Tue. Nov. 5 — Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree

Wed. Nov. 6 — New Orleans, LA @ Siberia

Fri. Nov. 8 – Sun. Nov. 11 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest

Tue. Nov. 12 — El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls

Wed. Nov. 13 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom

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