Last we heard from Hanni El Khatib was his 2011 album release Will The Guns Come Out—and figuratively speaking, the guns came out blazing. So did El Khatib’s soul, which he bore with acoustic love songs like “Wait Wait Wait” and a cover of “Heartbreak Hotel,” alongside boisterous jams mixed with ‘60s fuzzy garage punk. With new album Head in the Dirt, El Khatib continues to fire up the blues engine, this time lacing his guitar with a touch of psychedelia and bridging the gap between soft Motown-esque love songs and rock n’ roll hand jive beats for a more danceable listening experience. Opening for El Khatib are fellow energetic punk boys Bass Drum of Death, whose bluesy punk tracks are heralded by lo-fi vocals, distorted guitar and bass working together—or maybe against each other.
Thu., Oct. 24, 7 p.m., 2013