The Kooks

The Kooks took the British music scene by storm back in 2006, generating a huge buzz and a coveted record contract after being together for a scant three months. The Brighton, England, quartet rode that wave of hype to two consecutive smash-hit albums filled with their particular brand of catchy, no-frills rock 'n' roll, and are now touring in support of their recently released third record, Junk of the Heart. Their new batch of jaunty tunes draws on a variety of classic pop-rock influences from both sides of the pond, crafting a breezy, lighthearted collection that remains highly listenable even after its indelible melodies get stuck in your head for weeks. The Kooks have always been a spirited, highly enjoyable live band, bringing a rougher edge to their tightly polished studio sound, and this stop at First Avenue (their largest Minneapolis show yet) should give local fans who haven't been paying attention all these years a chance to finally see what the fuss is all about. With Yawn. 18+.
Sun., Nov. 27, 7 p.m., 2011

 
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