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Mission of Burma, King Khan & BBQ show, and the Dutchess & the Duke @ the Rhapsody party @ MHOW, NYC – pics

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

King Khan & BBQ Show

Mission of Burma

Mission Of Burma headlined the Rhapsody/Becks/IBM/McDonalds/Taco Bell party at Music Hall Of Williamsburg along with The King Khan & BBQ Show, The Dutchess & The Duke, and Jay Reatard (pics here). OK, so it wasn’t all those sponsors. And granted, there was free Becks beer all night. .. but somewhere between the giant video truck parked outside, multiple video cameras in the audience and on stage, spotlights reading Rhapsody and Becks, and the swag, I found the corporate sponsorship of the show a tad annoying. But hey, I guess that’s the price you pay when you are getting a line-up like this for five measly bills.

Unfortunately, I slid in a touch late (Sorry Jay, Dutchess, Duke) to see King Khan on stage with BBQ. Lots of very simple, garagey soul-inflected fun but frankly, I find his live show with The Shrines much more compelling. Not only is the music much more dynamic (and just as FUN), it gives King Khan much more breathing room to do what he does best… act like a horse’s ass in ridiculous costumes. That said, you know King Khan isn’t showing up in his civvies…. no sir e bob. King Khan was wearing a ridiculous sparked bikini bottom and a Stevie Wonder wig circa Hotter Than July. Good times.

The thing that shocked me the most about Mission of Burma (and I hope I am not coming off as an age-ist here – NOT my intention) is how much energy they have and how just plain amazing they are on stage… STILL. Lead guitarist Roger Miller’s angular riffs were just awesome, and punctuated with swift headbutts of the microphone in between his pogo-ing. I enjoyed seeing these post-punk legends thoroughly.

MOB’s setlist and more pictures from the show below…

The Dutchess & The Duke…

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King Khan & BBQ Show…

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King Khan & BBQ Show

King Khan & BBQ Show

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King Khan & BBQ Show

King Khan & BBQ Show

King Khan & BBQ Show

King Khan & BBQ Show

Mission of Burma…

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setlist
Mission of Burma

King Khan showed up in various other places throughout the CMJ week including at the Black Lips show that happened one night earlier.

The Jay Reatard pics are HERE.

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