Podcast: Rod Hamdallah

The young master of shamanic garage rock on the mystery of music and more

Rod Hamdallah
Photo credit: Tim Song
THINK ABOUT IT: Rod Hamdallah plays Bubbapalooza at the Star Bar on Friday, May 24.

Rod Hamdallah is a young master of shamanic garage rock, punk, noise, and fractured blues. A purveyor of Southern mystery and grit, the singer, songwriter, and guitarist is tearing up stages around the country, armed with a fresh 10-inch vinyl pressing of his 2014 EP, Think About It, out now via Hound Gawd Records.

On Friday, May 24, Hamdallah co-headlines Bubbapalooza alongside Rev. James Leg. Before the show, Hamdallah stopped by CL to talk about absorbing punk rock, the blues, and Arabic music at a young age, his time spent playing guitar with Nashville’s Legendary Shack Shakers, and what he’s up to next. Press play!

Bubbapalooza 2019 opening party. Thurs., May 23 at the Star Bar. Free. 8 p.m.

Bubbapalooza feat. Rod Hamdallah, Rev. James Leg, the TombTones, and more. Fri., May 24. $10. 7 p.m.

Bubbapalooza feat. Delusionaires, Ghost Riders Car Club, Andrea & Mud, and more. Sat., May 25. $10. 3 p.m.

Sunday Bubbapalooza feat. Michael Tolcher, Blackfox with the Hills and the Holler, and more. Sun., May 26. $7. 8 p.m.


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