Concert preview: King Khan brings his royal entourage to Ace of Cups

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Canada-born garage-punk Arish Khan dubbed himself King and subsequently surrounded himself with a royal court of bandmates, touring and recording alongside a sprawling group of musicians collectively known as the Shrines.

The band’s sound is suitably varied, flitting from garage and psychedelic-rock to gritty soul and R&B — a sprawl befitting a crew that incorporates a three-man horn section alongside the usual array of guitars, keyboard, drum and bass. At the center of it all stands Khan, a colorful character with a voice like a wolverine who has a fondness for hitting the stage in elaborate costume (recently he’s taken to wearing bedazzled tops and feathered headdresses).

Khan’s 2013 album, Idle No More, dials back a bit on his wildman persona, incorporating more introspective cuts about mental breakdowns (“Darkness” was born of a challenging 2011 stretch where the singer spent time in psychiatric hospitals) and the 2010 death of friend and fellow musician Jay Reatard (“So Wild”). Even so, expect the frontman to be at his freaky best for this local stop.

Bummers and Red Mass open the show.

Sash Stamatovski photo

Ace of Cups

10 p.m. Thursday, June 12

2619 N. High St., Campus