Artist Spotlight: Queen Kwong

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

A weekly feature showcasing local artists

Name: Queen Kwong

Line up: Queen Kwong is multi-instrumentalist Carré Calloway. She performs with a variety of musicians for live shows, including her husband, Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland. At her show Friday, she’ll be joined by Detroit musicians Elise Poirier on bass and Ben Luckett on drums.

Sound: Dark, visceral and heavy indie rock. Roger O’Donnell, keyboardist for British band the Cure, praises Calloway’s “rawness and charisma” and says her performance reminds him of “a young Iggy Pop or Patti Smith at the peak of their careers.”

History: When Calloway was a teenager, Trent Reznor chose Queen Kwong to open for 2005’s Nine In Nails’ With Teeth tour.

Future: Calloway and Borland moved to Detroit last year and have built a recording studio in their Boston Edison home which they want to make available to local bands soon. Calloway and Borland are working on separate releases there now, and Queen Kwong also will play some festivals overseas later this year.

Next up: Queen Kwong headlines the Loving Touch in Ferndale on Friday. Arrive early for openers Tart, George Morris and Those Hounds. 7 p.m. Fri. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

Melody Baetens