Friday music picks: King Khan & the Shrines, Rock the Casbah
Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 29, 2014
King Khan & the Shrines at the Mohawk outside. With a backing band that splits the difference between the 13th Floor Elevators and Sun Ra’s Arkestra, Arish Ahmad Khan, a Canadian madman of East Indian descent, throws down frenetic live performances with ample flamboyant stage antics. Physically based in Berlin and mentally based on some interdimensional celestial plane, the guru Khan swings into town with a suitcase full of sequin-studded superhero gear and wild-eyed soul. $13. 9 p.m. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
Rock the Casbah at the Parish. Long before DJ Mel was rocking with the Obamas, he was mixing up the best of the ‘80s underground for the angsty alternative kid in all of us. The party started in 2001 and this event will mark the 47th edition. Not your average ‘80s party, the music is “cut, scratched and blended” and the catalog ranges from junior high dance hits to obscure cuts that your favorite indie band’s favorite indie band used to listen to on cassette. Wear flat shoes, check your ego at the door and kick your summer off dancing like a fool. $7. 8 p.m. 214 E. Sixth St. parishaustin.com. — D.S.S.
Also: Local honky-tonkers Rosie & the Ramblers celebrate the release of their debut album “Whatever You Need” with a free show at ABGB, and they’ll buy a beer for the first 30 people who purchase a copy of the record. … Chaos in Tejas’ scaled back mini-fest continues with Untold headlining a show at Empire Control Room, Protomartyr at Holy Mountain and Deskonocidos at Red 7. … Experimental rock collectiveBrown Whornet is at the North Door with the Flying Balalaika Brothers. … Maryland rapper Logic, founder of the Rattpack — an acronym for his “real all the time” crew, not a reference to the hair metal band — stops by Emo’s. … One World Theatre presents the smooth jazz instrumental sounds of Acoustic Alchemy. … Los Angeles Celtic rockers Young Dubliners are at the Belmont with Cajun band the Lost Bayou Ramblers. … Excellently named tribute show Heartbyrne at the Scoot Inn pays homage to the Talking Heads. … Also getting in on the tribute action is Strange Brew, which features the songs of Paul McCartney and Paul Simon with more than a dozen local artists including Miles Zuniga, Charlie Faye, Suzanna Choffel, Mark Hallman and BettySoo. … It’s 1969 all over again at Threadgill’s, which features old-school psychedelic bands Bubble Puppy and Shiva’s Headband. … Find your soul with Soul Track Mind at the Roost or Soulhat at the Continental Club with the Warren Hood Band. … Manchester indie-rockersThe 1975 play a sold-out show outdoors at Stubb’s, along with a 6:15 p.m. in-store at Waterloo Records for those who got a ticket by buying the band’s new record in the past week. … The Milk Carton Kids play the second of two sold-out dates at Stateside at the Paramount.