King Khan & the Shrines: Show Preview

With membership in multiple hell-raising bands, outlandish press photographs aplenty, a daring, off-kilter stage presence, and statements like “When I tour, I'm neither homosexual or heterosexual — I'm hobo-sexual” to his name, King Khan is one of the true characters in contemporary garage rock. The Montreal-bred, Berlin-based Arish Ahmad Khan is beholden to no masters or standards of decency, which is exactly why it's worth catching his high-energy, high-absurdity shtick in person. His reason for heading to S.F. this time is King Khan & the Shrines, his 15-year-old outfit and one of his main gigs. Last year's propulsive Idle No More is the Shrines' first record since 2008's The Supreme Genius of King Khan & the Shrines; in that interim, Khan went through serious personal stuff, like a nervous breakdown. But if nothing else, the campy video for Idle's “Bite My Tongue” — which features Khan as a helmet-wearing, hot-sauce-wielding, 1960s-Batman-style superhero-prankster — proves that the King has returned unchanged.

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