Nashville alt-rock pin-ups the Kings of Leon are hitting Houston again for the second time in a year, with a newly announced date at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 22.
The band has been on a tear since the release of 2008's Only by the Night, shedding their scruffy, twangy indie image for the lofty trappings of sporting arenas and big-scale outdoor sheds. That's what happens when you release a randy song called "Sex on Fire" to a mainstream radio scene starved for something not dressed up like MMA fighters.
The band nearly sold out its October 2009 date at Toyota Center, which saw White Lies as a supporting act. That show was decent, but the band seemed extremely tired from the road, coming off a grueling ACL appearance and the end of an expansive year-long tour. They looked gassed and bored, but still put in a serviceable show for the decidedly fair-weather crowd.
They sounded a little listless at Verizon in October of '08 too, shortly after the release of Night, and it seems like a million miles ago that the band played the smallish Warehouse Live and even longer since they played a free Camel show at the old Meridian (a show that pre-dates the Rocks Off Era of the Press).
If you remember them opening for the Strokes in 2004, you get triple indie-cred points too. Back then the boys looked like a gang of roadies who escaped from a 1971 tour. Now they look like they would like to show you this new pair of jeans.
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