Clearly, Khan and company have put a great deal of thought into what their name symbolizes. And they've obviously put an equal amount of thought into formulating their sound, which, in the spirit of said moniker, is a study in contrasts. "Whether you watch Al Jazeera or CNN," says Khan, "you'll see the Boston Marathon bombing, but you'll also see this kid who overcame cancer and became this big thing. That's what you're going to see in our album: You're going to get a little bit of tension, but you're also going to get a little bit of liberation from it. You're going to walk away with a question and not an answer. We're not the answer; we're just a book of questions."

Not surprisingly, the outfit's proclivity for defying convention carries over into how the music is recorded. In an era where Ableton has become the norm, Men in Burka uses an eight-track machine and other devices and instruments to compose, giving the band its unique sound. "For electronic music in 2013 to not be composed on a computer?" asks Zoots. "I think that's pretty remarkable."

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The Walnut Room

3131 Walnut St.
Denver, CO 80205

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Downtown Denver

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Men in Burka, with Kitty Crimes and Tollund Men, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut Street, $8-$10, 303-295-1868, 21+.

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"We want that warmth of it being composed live," Powers concludes. "Yes, it's electronic, but it's being played organically. It's an electronic thing, but there's this organic feel. Less Ableton-y."

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