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Hanni El Khatib and Black Keys' Dan Auerbach Spin Garage Gold

The most obvious difference in Hanni El Khatib's music these days is a sense of control. The former skate punk -- "playing the world's worst guitar" (but "Guitar Hero is helping out)," he jokes -- still dabbles in garage, psychedelia, punk, and blues, only now his songs are tighter, more realized. They're still menacing in places, but never filled with the raw, reckless abandon that marked such all-out thrashers as "Fuck It, You Win," "Build Destroy Rebuild," and "Roach Cock" from 2011's Will the Guns Come Out. Instead, that tension now gives these songs a pulsating edge.

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