The Cold War Kids got their start in Fullerton, California, in 2004, quickly gaining popularity with bloggers, Pitchfork, and music heads who enjoyed their impassioned live performances of music part indie rock, part blues, and part soul. The Kids spent much of 2006 touring with bands like Tapes 'n Tapes and Editors, eventually signing to Downtown Records, home of Gnarls Barkley. Their debut full-length album, Robbers and Cowards, garnered even more attention, their guitar riffs sounding as if they were recorded in an echo chamber, singer Nathan Willett's wailing voice rising to histrionic levels during choruses on songs like "Hang Me Up to Dry" and "Hospital Beds." Sadly, Willett's voice is calmer on their latest, Loyalty to Loyalty, a bluesy album that suggests a band still evolving in style and inspiration. With A.A. Bondy. 18+.
Fri., Oct. 10, 8 p.m., 2008