Cold War Kids
The Cold War Kids were
blessed cursed with releasing an acclaimed debut album. Sure, 2006's Robbers & Cowards ascended the OC bred indie rockers to underground stardom with the snap of a few hipster music critics' fingers, but that's a lot to live up to, and in the subsequent years it was looking like the quintet peaked too early. But then they released Dear Miss Lonelyhearts - a concept album that's namesake comes from a Nathanael West novel in which an advice columnist has a crisis about his readers' suffering - and proved they're not to be forgotten quite yet.
On Friday night, the five-piece furthered its point by proficiently executing songs both old and new to a sold out crowd at The Fonda Theater. Led by vocalist/guitarist/pianist Nathan Willett, Cold War Kids played songs off each of their four albums during their 80-minute set. To the audience's surprise, they began their set with "Rubidoux," the slow-burning closing track off the coveted Robbers & Cowards. After supplying fans with faith that old songs would be played, they delved into 2008's "Mexican Dogs," and "Miracle Mile," the opening track and lead single off this year's release.