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Concert Review: Khruangbin Live at the Vogue Theatre

Tuesday 20th, November 2018 / 10:39
By Joey Lopez

Photo by Darrole Palmer

The Vogue Theatre
November 18, 2018

Photo by Darrole Palmer

Khruangbin, the psych rockers from Houston, Texas with a name inspired from the Thai word for “flying machine” soared to unbelievable heights with a funky ass show that brought the house down at the Vogue Theatre.

Photo by Darrole Palmer

Influenced by so many different forms of music from around the world, Khruangbin’s inspirations came to life through the band’s incredibly psychedelic sound. The trio remained stoic throughout, swaying and grooving stone-faced that created an aura of undeniable cool. Rarely speaking to the audience, guitarist Mike Speer spoke with a thick southern drawl from behind his set of heavy bangs that covered his eyes completely. Bassist Laura Lee made the most of her single interaction with the crowd by speaking into a mint-green rotary phone, addressing the room as if she were a smooth-talking operator. This only added fascination to a band as unique as Khruangbin.

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The stand-out moment of the night was when the band jumped from “Maria Tambien” to cover after cover in their signature style. This included “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak and “I Got 5 On It” by Luniz before closing out with the end of “Maria Tambien”. The opening act, Will Van Horn, gets a special mention for closing their set with an amazing cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic.”

Photo by Darrole Palmer

Coming back for their encore, drummer DJ Johnson came out alone, a single beam of light on him as he softly played on his before being joined by Speer, Lee and Will Van Horn. The end was soft, gentle and mystifying. Khruangbin is in a league of their own and the Vogue bore witness to a showcase of worldly psychedelia.