Raucous rocker Hanni El Khatib is playing it by ear
Hanni El Khatib has a new album with a particular song title we can’t print here. Let’s call it “Funk It, You Win.” It’s a beast: a snarling slab of junkyard rock, heavy under the weight of distorted blues riffs, clashing cymbals, and Khatib’s manic vocal assault. El Khatib says he had written the song with different music, but when the tape kept rolling in the studio, something else emerged. James Reed talks to the singer, who comes to Brighton Music Hall on Friday.