Hanni El Khatib Brings Bluesy Garage Rock to The Bowery Ballroom

October 9th, 2013

Hanni El Khatib grew up obsessed with skateboarding and ’50s and ’60s pop culture, which led to a keen interest in the blues and garage rock of that time. As a talented one-man band, the multi-instrumentalist writes, produces and sings his own songs—although he performs live with a full band. But before he’d released anything beyond a pair of singles, an opening slot for Florence and the Machine and appearances at SXSW and Bonnaroo earned him some buzz. The raves continued with the release of Will the Guns Come Out in 2011. El Khatib (above, performing “You Rascal You” live in studio for KEXP FM) returned earlier this year with his second LP, the well-received, Dan Auerbach–produced Head in the Dirt (stream it below). And you can kick off your weekend with some grimy, garage-rock blues when Hanni El Khatib takes the stage at The Bowery Ballroom on Friday. Get there early enough to check out openers Bass Drum of Death.