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Khruangbin is sex on stage

And they're my favorite band for it

Khruangbin Art
Illustration by Sasha Barr

I’ve already covered Khruangbin back in 2017 at Outside Lands, but they’ve come out with two albums since. More importantly, they’ve become my favorite band of the year.

It all started when I saw them at The Fox in Oakland late last year. Every time I talk about it, I always say it was the sexiest show I’ve seen. You wouldn’t guess it by their music necessarily, but the chemistry between Laura Lee on bass and Mark Speer on guitar is mesmerizing in sound and look.

A few months later I saw Tommy Guerrero at Noise Pop 2019 and he reminded me so much of Khruangbin’s guitar melodies. As much as his catalog may be bigger than theirs, the trio from Dallas has stuck themselves in all areas of my life, which may have a lot to do with how popular they’ve gotten.

One thing I’ve learned since obsessing over their music is how much of the music-making process is collaborative between the three. Inspired by dub, Thai funk, and middle eastern grooves. And as Mark put it in an interview, they don’t need a lead singer, they’ve got a guitar to carry the melody.

Their latest album is a dub version of Con Todo El Mundo, entitled Hasta El Cielo. I haven’t included any of the tracks on this featured playlist yet. I just haven’t warmed up to it enough, but it’s well worth a full listen through. Along with everything else below.

Learn more about how Khruangbin got together.
I think they started around ’09? Video dating back to 2011.
Yes! I love this video!
This is a chillass set.

Khruangbin tracklist

Maria También
People Everywhere (Still Alive)
Evan Finds the Third Room

White Gloves
Dern Kala
Cómo Me Quieres

Mr White
Two Fish and an Elephant
Friday Morning

August 10
The Number 4
The Infamous Bill

Master of Life
The Number 3
A Calf Born In Winter

The Recital That Never Happened
Christmas Time Is Here