Californian crooner Hanni El Khatib will fill the Annandale with his signature garage rock in January, following the release of his sophomore album Head In The Dirt earlier this year.

After debut LP Will The Guns Come Out shot through charts in 2011, the singer-songwriter met The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach in Paris before setting to work in Auerbach’s studio in Nashville. Channelling a raw, instinctive approach, HEK forged 11 tracks inspired by the history of rebel music. The result is a mix of foot-tapping rhythm, soul-infused blues, ‘dub-a-delic garageland’ and gripping riffs, with the intoxicating ‘Penny’ and head-bopping ‘Family’ in the mix.

After serenading audiences at Southbound and Falls, HEK will hit up Sydney joined by Texan psychedelic-punk outfit White Denim on their inaugural Sydney shows. White Denim are also launching their highly anticipated fifth album Corsicana Lemonade, featuring Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.

HEK and White Denim play the Annandale Hotel on Tuesday January 7 with Greta Mob.

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