Carnaval Eléctrico ft. Cold War Kids, Hanni El Khatib, Mergence, and More, Crescent Ballroom, 3/8/13
|Hanni El Khatib and band ripping it up on the outside stage.|
Cold War Kids took the rain in stride, as did their audience. The drenched crowd cheered for old songs like "Audience of One" and "Hang Me Out to Dry," but seemed to connect as much with new material, like the band's triumphant new single, "Miracle Mile." The band stuck to the rock 'n' roll tone of its earlier albums, not venturing into the synthy/dancey sounds explored on Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, scheduled for release on Tuesday, April 4.
Abraham Karam Cold War Kids performing on Crescent Ballroom's outdoor stage.
It worked for them. Cold War Kids might not have the indie press in their pocket (it's never fun when Pitchfork likens you to Train), but their influence on modern indie rock is undeniable, and their connection with their fans is a strong one. Not many bands can get fans to hang out in the cold, pouring rain, but CWK did, and they rewarded the loyal with an energetic, loose-limbed performance. A band like Cold War Kids sounds pretty good when everything is working at a show, but just like the band's records, the best moments come when it all feels like it could fall apart at any moment.
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