Kings of Leon at Murat, Jan. 21 

Wednesday night at the Murat Theater, the Followill Family brought a great show that managed to grab your attention and hold it.

"Molly's Chambers," "Taper Jean Girl," "Wasted Time" and "Trani" showed the band unafraid of their Confederate roots. Cousin Matthew and Brother Caleb frequently locked into fierce guitar duels while brothers Jared and Nathan laid down a loose and dirty groove.

But, as good and rowdy as this band can be, they are at their best when they break into stratospheric arena-rock mode and swing for the fences. "Use Somebody" and especially "Knocked Up" had it all: Gorgeous hooks, awesome musical interplay, and a knack for drawing the audience into the experience. The Kings of Leon have suckled from the teat of The Joshua Tree and it is suiting them just fine. Plus, the floor show is amazing.

The Whigs, who opened the show, displayed some KOL-lite songs and an ugly singer-guitarist with the unfortunate habit of wearing his guitar up high, like under his arm-pit. Seriously, I can't support this. Wear your guitar like a rock star should, or get off the stage.


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