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What Is?! King Khan and The Shrines

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    What Is King Khan and The Shrines, you ask? Well, first and foremost, it is the name of twenty-two year-old King Khan, formerly of The Spaceshits, and his eight-piece band of misfits. Not to be confused with Khan’s other musical endeavor, The King Khan & BBQ Show, The Shrines bring an eclectic mix of sounds, including trumpet, trombone, and saxophone, behind the fury of garage rock.

    If you wanted to get cute and clever and add a ? and a ! to What Is, then you’ll get the title of the outfit’s 2007 studio album, which come April 21st, will finally sees it U.S. release via Vice Records. Comprised of 14 tracks, the album drew critical acclaim when initially released on Germany’s Hazzlewood imprint, but for whatever reason, never received a prop stateside release, well, that it’s until now.

    However, perhaps the even bigger news is that Khan and Co. will be supporting the upcoming release with a rare U.S. tour. Beginning in March, King Khan and The Shrines will head to North America for what is currently a 10-date trek, highlighted by appearances at the Harvest of Hope Festival and South by Southwest.

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    What Is?! Tracklist:
    01. (How Can I Keep You) Outta Harms Way
    02. I Wanna Be A Girl
    03. Welfare Bread
    04. Land of the Freak
    05. I See Lights
    06. 69 Faces of Love
    07. No Regrets
    08. Cosmic Serenade
    09. Le Fils Du Jaques Dutronc
    10. Let Me Holler
    11. In Your Grave
    12. Take A Little Bit
    13. Fear & Love
    14. The Ballad Of Lady Godiva

    King Khan & The Shrines 2009 Tour Dates:
    03/06 – Elkton, FL @ Harvest of Hope Fest
    03/07 – Miami, FL @ The Vagabond
    03/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
    03/12 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
    03/13 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In
    03/14 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe
    03/15 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
    03/16 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium Loft
    03/17 – San Antonio, TX @ The Warhol
    03/20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

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