King Khan & BBQ Show, Those Darlins All Ages Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., Dec. 2, 8 p.m. 2009

The simple but irresistible garage rock on Invisible Girl (In the Red), the new long-player from the duo of Mark "BBQ" Sultan (drums, guitar, vocals) and Arish "King" Khan (guitar, vocals, cross-dressing), is sometimes boisterously goofy, occasionally unspeakably filthy, and often cut with a sentimental streak a mile wide—in other words, it's a lot like their other records. Not that I'm complaining. Snotty stompers like "Tastebuds" (a puerile fantasy about having taste buds on one's naughty parts) seem scientifically engineered to keep your parents out of your room, and hoarsely tender ballads like the title track could soundtrack a slow dance if they were a hair less trashy—it's an album good for whatever ails you, with the possible exception of anhedonia. The band missed a few dates a couple weeks ago after a run-in with John Q. Law in Kentucky, but they're back on the road—only their tour manager, who's out on bail after pleading guilty to driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance, looks to be the worse for wear. Those Darlins open. —Ann Sterzinger

Price: $15

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