If you used to live and skate in San Francisco, there's a chance you shared some curbs with the artist whose two latest albums were produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.
Hanni El Khatib, a SF native, met the Keys frontman in a bar in Paris and bonded over whiskey and obscure L.A. bands -- now we've got "Moonlight," El Khatib's January-released third record that brews garage scratch and blues prickly enough to make your ears fuzzy. Catch him at the Casbah on Thursday, Feb. 5 -- because he's good, because he does the sexiest cover of "You Rascal You" ever recorded, because next time he comes to town, no doubt it'll be to play a larger venue to a sold-out-ages-ago crowd.
El Khatib worked as the creative director of skate brand HUF before moving to L.A. to be a part of record label Innovative Leisure. He's not only on their roster of artists -- which reps greats like the Allah-Las and Nick Waterhouse -- but also part owner and art director. The guy has something effortless about him -- not that he doesn't "try," per se, but that once his music is out there, he doesn't keep dissecting it. Which is good, because that'd pretty much be like playing with our food, as those sounds -- that music -- is meant to be feasted upon. And come Thursday night, I am straight up gorging.
Hannah Lott-Schwartz, a San Diego native, moved back to the area after working the magazine-publishing scene in Boston. Now she’s straight trolling SD for all the music she missed while away. Want to help? Hit her up with just about anything at all over on Twitter, where -- though not always work-appropriate -- she means well.