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Noise Pop: Hanni el Khatib at The Chapel

Published Tuesday February 28

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By The Bay Bridged | Mon Feb 27 Mon Feb 27 0 Comments

It’s been remarked that the term ‘Americana’ is a euphemism for “I don’t know what else to call this.” Traditionally applied to acoustic music, it is essentially music that pokes up between the cracks of multiple genres born around this vast country. Listening to Hanni El Khatib ’s raw and gritty version of blues rock last night at The Chapel, I couldn’t help but think “what’s more Americana than this?”

And this is emblematic of the set to me — so not believably human and containing the roses and the rust of America. Politically charged, family-proud, hard-rocking Hanni El Khatib is an Americana rock star for the modern era.

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