Kings of Leon

Now that they've graduated to arenas and consequently confronted questions of artistic integrity, as well as become tabloid fodder, Kings of Leon's Followill clan—three Tennessee sons of a Pentecostal preacher and their cousin—would appear primed for a contemporary version of Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood. There are the Kings' lingering Southern gothic roots and the whole fundamentalist/secular thing, seen from both religious and music-purist perspectives. But such is the stuff of dissertations. The band has been touring behind Only By the Night for a year now, riding high on the nearly ubiquitous singles "Sex on Fire" and "Use Somebody," and achieving a kind of rock grandeur legitimately compared to U2, with Caleb as Bono. Night often rocks hard with anthemic pretensions, but the band throws in sufficient artistic twists to suggest there's no need to worry yet about its integrity, or soul. Opening will be the London trio White Lies, who this year hit the top of the U.K. charts with their debut album, To Lose My Life..., itself rife with delusions of grandeur, but this with a moody, if melodic synth-rock vibe apparently influenced by the likes of Joy Division and packed with bloody meditations on murder, anomie, love, and other fatal endeavors. All ages.
Mon., Sept. 28, 7 p.m., 2009
 
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