Chakra Khan

Free Week Live Shots


Photo by John Anderson

Evan Wynn comes off as the love child of John Lennon and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker. That makes Chakra Khan one of Austin's best psychedelic bands. Even so, the local quintet played to a relatively small crowd upstairs at Lamberts on the first full night of Free Week. Employing Orange tube amps, Sixties nostalgia, and kaleidoscopic synths, they'd be easy to pigeonhole as revivalists, but live, Chakra Khan embarks on an experimental quest that travels far beyond pastiche. "Loving Is Growing" featured exploratory guitar melodies and light disorientation as Wynn's vocals oozed falsetto-dripped soul. In moments like "Give Up (Don't Give)," the fivepiece showcased jam-band aspects of classic rock. Accordingly, each member demonstrated the confidence and chops to step out center stage and solo. While Wynn wailed feather-light, nasal croons, drummer Matt McLellan pinwheeled the drum-kit, and the group's lead guitarist, Roland Roberts, shredded into panoramic 3-D mode. At times with Chakra Khan, you can't help but feel small. So much goes on it can become dizzying, but it's unforced, and that alone overcomes the toughest challenge in the genre.


Chakra Khan

Lamberts, Jan. 1

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
X: The Godless Void and Other Stories (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Feb. 21, 2020

Texas Platters
Daniel Johnston
Chicago 2017 (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Feb. 21, 2020

More by Alejandra Ramirez
What We’re Listening to Right Now
What We’re Listening to Right Now
Detox, Mobley, Dropped Out, Holy Wave, Party Van, and Shane Cooley

July 29, 2022

New, Local Music We’re Listening To
New, Local Music We’re Listening To
Patty Griffin, Mugger, Kalu & the Electric Joint, Horti, and more local sounds worth seeking out

July 22, 2022

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Chakra Khan

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle