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Wed. April 11th 2012 The Biltmore Cabaret (No Minors)
9:00 pm - 1:00 am
$15 advance / $20 at the door
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Hanni El Khatib (Los Angeles, CA)

... Hanni grew up in San Franscisco, California. The son of Palestinian and Filipino immigrants and the first American in his family, he became obsessed with classic Americana and pop culture of the 1950s and 60s. Influenced by pioneers of early rock and r&b (Johnny Burnette, Sam Cooke, Johnny Cash), El Khatib created a musical aesthetic to match his vision. The multi-instrumentalist serves as singer, songwriter & producer for his one-man band (live he is joined by a drummer) that is part blues, part garage rock, part soul, part folk & part doo whop.

As the creative director for HUF and lifelong skater, El Khatib professes to a love for well-crafted objects: classsic cars, cans pomade and stiletto switchblades. This craftsmanship carries over into his music, where El Khatib is inspired and informed by the specificity of a guitar tone or the fuzziness of an amp sound . His background in DIY and skate culture manifests as a desire to “keep mistakes in” and make things “as raw as possible.” Merging primitive rock sounds with punk aesthetics, El Khatib toes lines between all genres and ends up firmly in his own.

His diverse interests in music, zines, art, photography, and film, converge around his singular personal aesthetic, which reveals itself in all of El Khatib’s work. Combining the old weird America with the brave new frontier of home recording, El Khatib bridges the past and the present to create music that already sounds timeless and were written for anyone who’s ever been shot or hit by a train.


Tijuana Panthers (Long Beach, CA)

Long Beach's Tijuana Panthers play bounce-y punk that sounds a lot like what The Soft Pack are doing (they share a label with that band too; 1928 Recordings). If you know The Soft Pack, you know what you're in for with Tijuana Panthers. They've got some of that good jingle-jangle, mixed with some garage rock, and also a little bit of that rockabilly thing going on too. And don't forget a smattering of '60s sunshine pop. There's always the sunshine pop at play. It's all very pleasant to listen to, in that punk rock sort of way. Tijuana Panthers aren't dirty punks though. They're clean punks. Is that an oxymoron like jumbo shrimp or music writer?


Hard Drugs


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Hard Drugs

On the night of his birthday party in 2006 it all became clear. Jeffry Lee was high on life and other substances when he hatched the idea for Hard Drugs. Hard Drugs was to be a rock opera. It provided the perfect solution to his domestic quandaries. A rock opera would provide Lee with the creative outlet he needed while requiring less touring, allo... more info
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