Cold War Kids
If Cold War Kids take their name from an era famous for political isolationism and walled boundaries, their all-embracing sound could hardly be more opposite: strains of Southern soul and power pop coexist with elements borrowed from British invaders and New Wave revivalists. It's a whole lot to take in from the Fullerton, Calif., upstarts, but the surefooted howl of vocalist Nathan Willett holds everything together. Willett formed the band in 2004 with Matt Aveiro, Matt Maust, and Jonnie Russell, and the group became darlings of the blogosphere shortly after the August 2005 release of their debut EP, Mulberry Street. With energetic live shows and two more EPs, the band continued to gain momentum, spending much of 2006 on the road with kindred indie acts like Tapes 'n Tapes and Editors. After appearing at Lollapalooza in the summer of 2006, they signed to Downtown Records, who released the band's debut full-length Robbers & Cowards in the fall of 2006. Cold War Kids followed up with 2008's Loyalty to Loyalty and 2011's Mine is Yours.
Cold War Kids Concert Films
Live at The Regency Ballroom
Cold War Kids
Runtime: 1 hr 16 minIf there is one thing Cold War Kids have taught us it's never judge a book by its cover - or a band by its name. The Californian indie rockers performed a slick, soulful, grown-up set at Regency Ballroom in support in support of "Dear Miss Lonelyhearts." Dipping into newer tracks such as rollicking electro stomper 'Miracle Mile' and raw renditions of fan favourites like 'We Used To Vacation' and 'Hang Me Up To Dry', the Kids showed us they are more than capable of putting on a phenomenal live performance that can keep everyone in the house rocking until the final minute.
Cold War Kids Top Tracks
Live at Enmore Theatre in Sydney
Walk the Moon
Runtime: 41 minPlaying a short and sweet set that featured fan favorites like ‘Tightrope‘ and ‘Anna Sun‘, as well as a thumping tribute to Bowie (‘Let’s Dance’), Walk The Moon’s fast paced high energy show had their loyal followers whipped up into an absolute frenzy in no time. They performed at The Enmore Theatre, in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.
A Practical Handbook
Runtime: 1 hr 19 minLed by a group dynamic that embraces experimentation even as it celebrates classic pop and folk forms, The Decemberists are firmly established as a completely original happening in the world of contemporary indie rock. This movie captures the band in the midst of their rise to prominence with a live recording of a performance at the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon on November 4, 2005.
Front Row Center
Death Cab For Cutie
Runtime: 54 minIndie rock favorite turned major label sensation Death Cab for Cutie presents an impeccable set on this episode of Soundstage. Lead vocalist Ben Gibbard’s cozy voice has an engaging quality that ropes you in on songs from their new EP The Open Door, 2008 studio album Narrow Stairs and highlights from their prolific catalog.
Live at The Studio
Tokyo Police Club
Runtime: 29 minSince storming on to the scene in '06, TPC have honed in on the kind of proper, pop chops that have given them the inside track on this here music industry of ours. Theirs' are tunes that come packaged with a host of tasty touches hiding inside: acrobatic swirls of guitar, warm and woozy swells of synthesizer, and of course, Dave Monks' endearing, boy next door vocal delivery at the helm of the quartet.
Live at the Music Hall of Williamsburg
Ra Ra Riot
Runtime: 60 minRa Ra Riot are on an alluring career trajectory. The band has gone from small-town favorites to big stage stars, and their recent swing through our city for four nights at both The Bowery Ballroom and The Music Hall of Williamsburg seemed the perfect time to capture their ascent.
Starting off as contemporaries to bands like Vampire Weekend, Ra Ra Riot has been something of a slow burner, choosing to develop and nurture a sound rather than cashing in on one, quick aesthetic. Following the release of their polished, Chris Walla produced sophomore album The Orchard, the band now find themselves at a point of promise. The intricacies of their arrangements rival many of the so-called art-rockers, with heaps more accessibility. While The Orchard dropped hooks for heady, reverberated decorations, the ornate finish provides a complimentary side to a band still building its foundation.
I'm With You
Runtime: 44 minThe concert documentary "I'm With You" follows the band Grouplove as they play a series of shows in NYC around the release of their new album. Weaving live music with documentary scenes, the film traces the history of the band and explores the unique interpersonal dynamics that make the group so special.
Live at The Bowery Ballroom
Runtime: 32 minIn the exclusive concert performance video we captured on the first night of the band's stint in NYC, the synergetic spirit that binds the band together is evident enough. Clearly, this is not a tribe who are comfortable with their work merely being good enough. Self confessed "control freaks;" the band and their music is the result of a communal creative process. Watching their interpretation of the Talking Heads' "Warning Sign," it's no great stretch to envision the band spending whole evenings working through single vocal passages. The rhythmic pounce of " Wide Eyes" offers a picture of the band studiously aligning cut and paste, percussive contributions so that each hit can synch with one another. And "Sun Hands" speaks to the band's efforts in holding back during one moment, so that another one can ultimately be that much more explosive. Dramatic, endearing, energetic, and impressive: we know you're going to love what is one of the most exciting bands we have ever had the pleasure to capture.
Live from the Vic in Chicago
Cage The Elephant
Runtime: 1 hr 15 minBowling Green, Kentucky-borne indie rock ensemble Cage the Elephant (Jared Champion, Lincoln Parish, Daniel Tichenor, Matt Shultz and Brad Shultz) toplines this 2011 concert film, performed and shot live at the Old Vic in Chicago. The sprawling set list includes: "Psycho Killer," "Tiny Little Robots," "Lotus," "Around My Head" and "Japanese Buffalo."