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Cold War Kids, Superhumanoids

BRANDON WIDDER
9 pm., Saturday May 18 | $22 advance, $20 day of show.
Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St.
 
[INDIE POP-ROCKS] Nathan Willett, the vocalist for Cold War Kids, hasn’t quite made up his mind on which musical front his band is waging a war. After two buzz-worthy albums of lo-fi indie blues and retro-leaning R&B, the Long Beach-based foursome decided to take a crack at overly polished, sprawling anthemic pop on its next two releases. Latest record Dear Miss Lonelyhearts finds the band still treading the murky waters of critic contempt, this time awash with a layered fusion of staggered keys, trill drums and loose, distorted guitar that offers refined pop hooks only previously hinted at. The album may be more Killers-esque than killer, but that doesn’t mean it lacks the ghostly idiosyncrasies and underlying ambition that defined the band’s 2006 beginnings.



Where: Crystal Ballroom
Phone: 225-0047
Address: 1332 W Burnside St.
Website: www.mcmenamins.com

 
 

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
 
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