Today, Khruangbin, the Houston, Texas trio who's known for their marriage of sounds from across the world - including reggae dub, surf-rock, Southeast Asian funk, and Middle Eastern soul - announce their national TV debut on Austin City Limits airing this Saturday, November 6th. Watch live on your local PBS station or stream later at pbs.org/austincitylimits.
Performing songs from their otherworldly discography, Khruangbin delivered a gorgeous chronological performance. Kicking off the set with a run of three tracks from their 2014 EP, “The Infamous Bill,” a release marked by the trio’s early obsession with ‘60s funk from Thailand, the band carried on to cater to some fan favorites with songs like “People Everywhere (Still Alive)” & “White Gloves” from their debut album The Universe Smiles Upon You. The band has a kind of musical conversation on stage, which came alive for their performance of “Pelota” & “Shida,” standouts from 2020’s Mordechai and as the Austin American Statesman says, “led listeners on a cinematic journey through sound defined by expansive vision and intuitive execution.”
The atmospheric and eccentric group, which has been on countless global tours and graced nearly every major festival stage in the world, is a live force to be reckoned with. Khruangbin sold out London's iconic Alexandra Palace, performed two headlining sold-out shows at Red Rocks in September, has two upcoming headlining shows at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall in early 2022, and tonight will wrap their three-night, sold-out run at Los Angeles’ iconic Greek Theatre. The band will return to Texas in December for a slew of highly anticipated and very special shows in Dallas, San Antonio, and will play their hometown’s Houston’s 713 Music Hall on New Year’s Eve, a perfect finish to a new year of touring.
Nearly all of the tour dates have sold out and this run has become their most monumental tour to date with performances at Outside Lands, Firefly Festival, III Points, Newport Jazz Fest, and more. Support for the tour includes an impressive array of curated artists including Nick Hakim, Kadhja Bonet, Kikagaku Moyo, Robert Ellis, Kelly Doyle, Aidan Kennedy, Kornbread, Ruben Moreno, The Suffers, Vleux Farka Toure and Brijean. See below for the rest of the band’s 2021-2022 dates.
Additionally, the band’s latest album Mordechai Remixes is now available for physical purchase. Khruangbin’s desire to build their own unique visual world is seen through their carefully curated physical releases. For this release, the record’s inner sleeve notes sport stylish sketches of each remixer all hand-drawn by bassist Laura Lee. Purchase here: https://khruangbin.deadoc.co/mordechai-remixes
The release is their first-ever remix album reimagining their 2020 album Mordechai out now on Dead Oceans, in association with Night Time Stories, Ltd. Remixers include Kadhja Bonet, Harvey Sutherland, Ginger Root, Knxwledge, Natasha Diggs, Soul Clap, Ron Trent, Quantic, Felix Dickinson and the DJ duo Mang Dynasty.
2021 Tour Dates:
Sat, Nov 6 - Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara, CA *w/ Kikagaku Moyo
Sun, Nov 7 - CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre - San Diego, CA *w/ Kikagaku Moyo
Wed, Dec 1 - Orpheum Theatre - New Orleans, LA *w/ Nick Hakim
Thurs, Dec 2 - The Eastern - Atlanta, GA *w/ Nick Hakim
Fri, Dec 3 - The Eastern - Atlanta, GA *w/ Nick Hakim
Sat, Dec 4 - The Eastern - Atlanta, GA *w/ Nick Hakim
Mon, Dec 6 - Egyptian Room - Indianapolis, IN *w/ Nick Hakim
Tues, Dec 7 - Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH *w/ Nick Hakim
Fri, Dec 10 - Royal Oak Music Theatre - Detroit, MI *w/ Nick Hakim
Sat, Dec 11 - Express LIVE! - Columbus, OH *w/ Nick Hakim
Sun, Dec 12 - Louisville Palace Theatre- Louisville, KY *w/ Nick Hakim
Tues, Dec 14 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO *w/ Nick Hakim
Thurs, Dec 16 - The Criterion - Oklahoma City, OK *w/ Nick Hakim
Fri, Dec 17 - Bomb Factory - Dallas, TX *w/ Nick Hakim
Sat, Dec 18 - Tobin Center - San Antonio, TX *w/ Nick Hakim
Sun, Dec 19 - Tobin Center - San Antonio, TX *w/ Nick Hakim
Dec 31, 2021- 713 Music Hall - Houston, TX *w/ Aidan Kennedy & Kornbread
2022 Tour Dates:
Wed, Mar 9 - Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY * w/ Nubya Garcia
Thurs, Mar 10 - Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY * w/ Nubya Garcia
Thurs, Apr 14 - Alexandra Palace - London, UK
Sun, June 5 - Cross the Tracks - Brixton, LDN
Khruangbin is a three-piece band from Houston, Texas, formed in 2009 with Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald Johnson on drums. Taking influence from 1960's Thai funk - their name literally translates to "Engine Fly" in Thai - Khruangbin is steeped in the bass-heavy, psychedelic sound of their inspiration, Tarantino soundtracks, and surf-rock cool. By the summer of 2019, the trio had been on tour for nearly three-and-a-half years, playing to audiences across North and South America, Europe, and southeast Asia behind its acclaimed albums The Universe Smiles Upon You and Con Todo El Mundo. They returned to their farmhouse studio in Burton, Texas, and recorded and released their third studio album Mordechai via Dead Oceans in association with Night Time Stories in the summer of 2020 earning glowing praise from The New York Times, W Magazine, Billboard, The Los Angeles Times, The FADER and more.
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