Posted in music | pictures on June 28, 2008

photos by Jason Bergman

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines played what was advertised as their first U.S. show on Friday at South Street Seaport (June 27, 2008). I heard they played their second later that night at Don Pedro's in Brooklyn. Their next two NYC shows are at McCarren Pool and Mercury Lounge. The latter just went on sale. More pictures from Friday below....

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

King Khan and the Shrines @ South Street Seaport

A Place to Bury Strangers headlined (those pics are coming soon).

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Comments (51)

i love gimmick bands!

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2008 5:48 PM

crap! this guy's total bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2008 6:02 PM

Plus he's not even white!

Posted by Rhino Cock | June 28, 2008 6:04 PM

i prefer him with bbq...the songs with shrines are great but the band isnt as powerful as they should be.

great show though...

i still miss rocket from the crypt more.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2008 6:05 PM

kick ass show, never a dull moment. he's fucking insane

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2008 6:14 PM

in that first picture you can see there's practically no one there! guess people went to the whitney instead, where I was, haha suckas!

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2008 6:14 PM

It was fun, but what's with the hype? There's a million bands over the years that have done the same thing. I'll def see them again though. Good times.

But onto business... WHAT WAS UP WITH THE SOUND. Half way through the set the bottom dropped out and they didn't fix it the whole rest of the night. Strangers sounded like they didn't have the snare miked... it was truly terrible.

I know it's a free show, but get your shit together R2R!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2008 6:28 PM

It wasn't packed, but I would hardly call it empty. I was a sucker with good sight lines, natch!

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2008 6:32 PM

who cares? another guy doing this? yawn.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2008 6:46 PM

I wasn't at the show, but seeing reviews by Other Music and a few other trusted sources have me curious about this guy. Is he the real deal or is this just a gimmick and he'll be unheard of in a year?


Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2008 7:16 PM

err, guy's been in good bands for over a decade, it'll be all the other tepid arcade fire biter bands that will be unheard of in a year, not Khan. Some people conflate "gimmick" bands with bands with alot of members in them. Sure it's not the most original thing out there but dude has some tunes and is a great performer.

Posted by pjx | June 28, 2008 9:01 PM

yes, the sound got bad half way through their set and continued through aptbs. all the high end dropped out. glad i wasn't the only one who noticed that.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2008 9:44 PM

what was with all the nerds in the audience?

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2008 10:09 PM

"who cares? another guy doing this? yawn."

Ummm.... the web site that you're reading, genius? Do you always ask intentionally dumb questions, or are you really that retarded?

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2008 1:34 AM

great comment 1:34. And i wouldn't call King Khan a gimmick band just for having a shtick. the white stripes are gimmicky as all fuck but it's the jamz that really generate the buzz, and the shrines rock really hard. That organist wails!

AND yah, i'm glad i'm not the only one who thought the strangers sounded weak. I chocked it up to the fact that we were outdoors, but it musta been the soundsystem. I'm looking forward to seeing kk at mccaren

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2008 2:37 AM

Vice is pushing this guy really hard. he's nobody then suddenly he's opening all these big outdoor festival shows?

it *ok*, but nothing you haven't seen a zillion times.

notice how all the defensive champions of this guy on this blog all sound like they've been following the dude for years, aka they're his friends and family?

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2008 3:21 AM

what's with all these sound and organization blunders at all the big corporate shows lately?

first the Devo things runs late and is so overpriced nobody goes, then the South Street Seaport's million dollar sound system loses all its high end for the better half of the show?

You'd think all that big money would pay for some professionalism.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2008 3:26 AM

@Rhino Cock6:04 - Apparently you're a racist dick.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2008 4:27 AM

OMG WTF NO BBQ?

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2008 8:10 AM

i love how vince is all up in the front row in these photos bootlegging that show. when dude gets his massive video archive put together into a documentary or something it's gonna be huge.

Posted by bryan | June 29, 2008 10:28 AM

who is the BBQ band mentioned throughout these responses? a previous backing band of his?

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2008 10:50 AM

who is the BBQ band mentioned throughout these responses? a previous backing band of his?

--BBQ is a dude he makes music with sometimes.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2008 10:56 AM

"great comment 1:34. And i wouldn't call King Khan a gimmick band just for having a shtick."

last time i checked a shtick is a gimmick.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2008 11:52 AM

like it or don't, don't mistake vice backing the guy to mean he's a recent flash in the pan. the dude has been making this music in one form or another for years. just because you don't hear about it until it gets hyped in the right spots doesn't mean it didn't exist beforehand.

looking forward to seeing him play with the shrines soon. i've seen him a few times with bbq, and it's always a good time.

Posted by jt | June 29, 2008 12:57 PM

kk and bbq is way more awesome but the shrines are cool. too bad the music was massacred by the soundman.

Posted by bawlin | June 29, 2008 1:16 PM

14:59

Posted by d | June 29, 2008 1:36 PM

i was going to lend this guy my support, but knowing that vice is promoting him, i'm gonna have to back out and go back to listening to my skrewdriver records

Posted by god below | June 29, 2008 1:50 PM

I bet the losers calling this guy a gimmick pray to the altar of the biggest bullshit going-Mr Dan Deacon.

King Khan may be playing music that has been done before but most bands do that in some way or another. This guy is the real deal and authentic. It is not schtick at all you fuck brains.

I agree that King Khan and BBQ(Mark Sultan) is better than this band but both put on great shows and make awesome music.

I am just pissed I missed the late show at Don Pedro's. I had a feeling that they would play there later.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2008 2:41 PM

wait so why does it matter that he's been playing music for years? i have a friend who has been making music for years and he sucks at it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2008 5:43 PM

5:43 just wrote the comment of the day. fucking awesome

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2008 5:50 PM

why would anybody who's supposedly good play at Don Pedro's in this day and age? That place has become like Trash bar's ugly(er) cousin. sub Rock Star Bar territory.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2008 5:56 PM

the dude is as real as they come!anyone who doesn't think so is a poser!

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2008 6:19 PM

5:43: Indeed, the fact that he's been making music for years doesn't correlate to the quality of the music. However it does shed some light on whether he'll be just another forgotten blog buzz band in a year. That is to say, Khan already has a dedicated following of fans (not an army mind you, but just b/c you haven't heard of 'im doesn't mean there not there, as someone posted above) who will buy his records whether it's on Vice or not. He and BBQ can and do tour over the world and do fine.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised at this point by the knee jerk naysaying (and lack of context & ahistoricity) by posters on this site.


Oh yeah, Pedro's gets some shit acts, depending on who is booking the given night, but they also get some fantastic stuff too. It might not be as cozy as Bowery Ballroom but some people in NY still like a non-sterile rock show environment.

There's good shticks and gimmicks (or "concepts" whatever) and there's lame ones. But the mere existence of one isn't a black mark in my book. God, every early rock and roller had a shtick, not to mention Devo, Ramones, Cramps.

Posted by pjx | June 29, 2008 6:49 PM

everybody on here who likes this guy seems to know every little thing about him

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2008 7:02 PM

Germans really like Hasselhoff too. Those guys are really onto something.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2008 7:04 PM

wow i really don't understand the hate for this guy

how the hell do people jizz all over bullshit like dan deacon, titus andronicus, vivian girls, but this guy is a gimmick?

blog comments sections are the wastelands of the internet

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2008 7:50 PM

"everybody on here who likes this guy seems to know every little thing about him"

God forbid a music site might actually attract enthusiastic fans of the artists covered on them. But I realize that's not some people's bag, they view music as a lifestyle accoutrement to be discarded with the changing winds. It's takes much less thought or critical perspective to make poseur comments than actually offer an informed opinion. I realize it's unrealistic to expect a relatively intelligent level of discussion on a blog comment section (as 7:50 suggests) but this site's comments section makes the average sports radio call-in show read like Foreign Affairs.

Posted by pjx | June 29, 2008 9:45 PM

Khan is a BITCH! His word is shit.

Germans doing garage rock is fuckin' LAME!
WHITE sounding.

Go take care of your kids, ghost dad.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2008 11:38 PM

the idea of a devotee of garage rock revivalism criticizing other music fans for thinking of music as a "lifestyle accoutrement" is particularly ironic.

the whole idea of garage revival is about attitude, style, and subculture over any music innovation or sincerity. It's all an elaborate homage, and in King Khan's case, it's also largely an in joke.

A bunch of 50-year-old record collector nerds worshiping and hanging out with a bunch of privileged college age rich kids - all pretending to be braindead working class shmos, getting drunk and acting dumber than they are. That's garage for ya.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 12:12 AM

wow, the constant stream of absolutely baseless bullshit comments on this post is astounding. please don't leave comments if you no nothing about the subject matter.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 12:34 AM

I don't know how to feel about him until the pitchfork review comes out.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 12:49 AM

12:12: last time I checked I wasn't wearing a chainwallet, nor a garage mechanic jacket laden with flames and dice, arm in arm with my Betty Page lookalike gf, but nice attempt trying to pigeonhole me as a "garage rock revivalist" based on my appreciation of one particular band. My comment wasn't waiving the flag of some musical genre over another, it was directed at IQ 32s that can't put a coherent sentence together related to the topic at hand. So it's nice to see someone that can, 12:12.

No argument from me that those play-dress-up scenes are retarded (whether 77 squatter punk, goth or the aforementioned Gearhead crowd) and though Khan/Shrines definitely have "an act" and references alot of 50s & 60s music (quite ablely) I didn't think their show or sound particularly caters to that scene. The music is way broader based than yr average garage schmoes, biting as much from 60s pop, James Brown and Wilson Pickett as, I dunno, the Stooges and Sonics.

Posted by pjx | June 30, 2008 1:06 AM

I'm surprised there aren't more comments about the dancer. She was great.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 1:23 AM

1:23, this is 12:12, your response is well said, and mine is a little overzealous, but I get pretty tired of comments like 9:45, whereby somebody thinks his little subgenre is king and everything else is throwaway garbage listened to by vapid trendsters.

some open-mindedness all around would go a long way. Dan Deacon's got a lot more going on musicwise and live actwise than a lot of the catty posters on here acknowledge. Vivian Girls are a terrific, poppy, fiery garage band. King Khan & BBQ is compelling as fuck, catchy weird scuffle band stuff. Jay Reatard is a short & sweet minimalist lofi rock genius. Black Lips write tight catchy songs and have a killer live show. Titus Andronicus put out a stellar first record with a lot of anxious energy and can be great when they crank it up live.

There's a lot of good live bands and a lot of good records out there right now coming from a lot of different subgenres. We have a good scene right now in New York (well, Brooklyn) and in the whole country. Rather than clamoring to call everything shit, site unseen, maybe folks could step back and appreciate the bounty? It won't always be so good.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 1:48 AM

1:48

good comment

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 2:20 AM

damn! all of you have a lot of time on your hands.

L O S E R S

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 10:31 AM

^^^ that was constructive.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 10:44 AM

You white NYC hipsters are the worst. You know y'all have gone to hell in a hand basket when LOS ANGELES is a zillion times more fun.

Doesn't anybody remember laughter?

Jesus, I just had to quote Robert Plant.

PS: King Khan is awesome. I just got the CD last week, so I'm not on the friends/family train. I just like good music, and this is that.

And that's a wrap!

Posted by Jordan Catalaon | June 30, 2008 4:46 PM

"I don't know how to feel about him until the pitchfork review comes out."


BEST. COMMENT. EVER.

Posted by Jordan Catalaon | June 30, 2008 4:48 PM

You can't blame a sound company for inadequete sound when they're not running their own equipment.

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Posted by Kennedy Event Services | July 3, 2008 12:23 PM

I am going to see Mary Weiss tonight. Where can I buy a 32 oz beer for 4.50 inside and can I take it outside?

Posted by Adam | July 18, 2008 11:14 AM

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