King Khan & the Shrines Get Psyched-Out on 'Born to Die'

Sadly, 'Idle No More' single is not a Lana Del Rey cover

King Khan and The Shrines new Born to Die Idle No More
King Khan Photo by Matias Corral
WRITTEN BY
Colin Stutz

We learned last month that psych-and-soul outfit King Khan & the Shrines signed to Merge for a new album. Now we know the name of the thing — Idle No More — plus the release date: September 3. What's more, we've got an ominous first taste of the forthcoming set via the bone-rattling single, "Born to Die." Via statement, Khan explains that the heavily trippy track, is "an apocalyptic ode to the heinous war machine that to this day ruins our lives." It's also a head-spinning LSD bath brimming with wah-wah noodle and tasty grooves.

Idle No More will be the group's eighth album and their first since 2008's rowdy The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines. Khan himself is known to hop between projects, with his last few full-band efforts involving either BBQ Show or the Tandoori Knights. In a press release he said the new Shrines album is named after an indigenous-rights movement he is connected to via growing up in Montreal and spending time on the Kahnawake Mohawk Indian reservation. Another more obvious meaning: these dudes are on the move. Dates below.

King Khan & the Shrines tour dates:

October 11 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
October 13 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
October 14 – Portland, OR @ Dantes
October 15 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre
October 16 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
October 17 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
October 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
October 19 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
October 20 – Kansas City, KS @ The Record Bar
October 21 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
October 22 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
October 23 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
October 24 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
October 25 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
October 26 – Toronto, ON @ Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
October 27 – Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
October 29 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
October 30 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
October 31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
November 1 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
November 2 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
November 4 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
November 5 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
November 6 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
November 12 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
November 13 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom

The cover of Idle No More:

King Khan and The Shrines new Born to Die Idle No More

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