I never really gave Cold War Kids a fair shake until the 2008 Sasquatch! Festival. After Rainn Wilson (the guy who plays Dwight on The Office, for the five people out there who don't already know that) mentioned to me that the group we were sitting by happened to be one of his favorites, I caught the SoCal indie foursome live and gave them a closer listen. It was lucky that I did. Cold War Kids have captured a catchy, melodic sound that's accented by Nathan Willett's unique brand of vocals, and their stage presence only makes it better. Sophomore LP Loyalty to Loyalty, released September 23, has garnered a pretty ridiculous amount of buzz, and judging by their first single from the album ("Something Is Not Right With Me") it'll live up to those high expectations.
Mon., Sept. 29, 8 p.m., 2008