Hanni El Khatib + Bass Drum of Death
Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to Fullerton$15
Event Info: (773) 525-2508 lincolnhallchicago.com
Hanni El Khatib was bred in the California skate scene and plays his soulful blues-rock with the punk rawness you'd expect from a guy who grew up kicking away from authorities in cement lots. His first album Will the Guns Come Out, on his fantastic Innovative Leisure label, which has put out Rhye and Nick Waterhouse, stuck to tough rock & roll. Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys produced the new Head in the Dirt, a platter of stylish garage rock. There are a lot of acts of this ilk these days (see likeminded Innovative Leisure thrash R&B band Bass Drum of Death), the difference here is El Khatib's Motown howl.