January 28, 2015

Cold War Kids Performing at House of Blues

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Two songs into last night's 19-song set before a near-capacity crowd at House of Blues, Cold War Kids singer Nathan Willett yelped, "I was supposed to do great things/I know the road was long" as the Los Angeles-based band launched into the jittery anthem "Miracle Mile." While Willett wrote the song about not living up to expectations, the band certainly proved itself last night in a rigorous 90-minute set that included several tunes from the band's new album Hold My Home. Mid-set, the band picked up some serious momentum as "Hang Me Up to Dry" careened with garage rock swagger. A stripped down segment featuring Willett on piano took things down a notch but by set's end, the show was really cranking again and it came to a noisy end with the punk-y "Something Is Not Right With Me," an exuberant tune that put a punctuation mark on a solid show. Opener Elliot Moss started the show off with a set of neo-psychedelic tunes that would have sounded sharper if the bass wasn't so deafening. The shoddy sound mix was a real deterrent.

Photos by Jeff Niesel

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Cold War Kids Performing at House of Blues
Cold War Kids Performing at House of Blues
Cold War Kids Performing at House of Blues
Cold War Kids Performing at House of Blues
Cold War Kids Performing at House of Blues
Cold War Kids Performing at House of Blues
Cold War Kids Performing at House of Blues
Cold War Kids Performing at House of Blues
Cold War Kids Performing at House of Blues
Cold War Kids Performing at House of Blues