King Khan & the Shrines, Mark Sultan, Maximum Wage | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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King Khan & the Shrines, Mark Sultan, Maximum Wage 

When: Fri., May 15, 9 p.m. 2009
Price: $15
Garage rock is a good place for weirdos—Hasil Adkins, ? & the Mysterians, Billy Childish—and there are few active musicians as proudly bananas as Arish “King” Khan. With Montreal retro-punk greats the Spaceshits and later the King Khan & BBQ Show, he’s earned a reputation as a frenetic live performer given to loony antics and outre costume choices. Recently Khan, now based in Berlin, has been spending most of his time with the Shrines, a stage-filling big band that raises a ruckus that even folks outside the garage scene have noticed. The crowd for their set at last year’s Pitchfork festival overflowed the side-stage area, drawn in by the Shrines’ high-energy, R & B-soaked soul-punk and the strange voodoo that King Khan was working, half naked and done up like a glam-rock witch doctor. The band’s 2007 German release What Is?! (recently issued in the U.S. by Vice) is easily half as good as seeing them live—and that’s quite a compliment to pay any album. Mark Sultan (aka BBQ) and Maximum Wage (basically Ian Adams’s band Submarine Races with a new bassist) open. —Miles Raymer

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