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The Killers at Brooklyn Steel (September 19, 2017)

By Will Oliver, November 12th 2017

This fall saw The Killers return with their fifth album Wonderful Wonderful (via Island Records). The album does feature their longtime lineup of Brandon Flowers, Ronnie Vannucci Jr., Dave Keuning and Mark Stoermer, this is not the case for the live show. Both Stoermer and Keuning are not touring with the band and instead have their roles filled in by Jake Blanton (for Soermer) and Ted Sablay (for Keuning).

While this has some saying that the current live iteration of The Killers is really half of them, you still got Flowers and Stoermer holding down the fort and Sablay has been a part of their live band since 2011 (as well as a stint from 2006-2007).

While in town for their performance at Global Citizen Festival this September the band announced an intimate performance at Terminal 5 (they will headline both Madison Square Garden and Barclays in January) and then an even tinier performance at Brooklyn Steel on September 19 for lucky members of SiriusXM (with a live stream on Alt Nation).
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[music video]: The Killers – Shot At The Night

By Will Oliver, October 3rd 2013

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“Shot At The Night” is one of the best things that The Killers have done in a long time. Having been produced by M83’s Anthony Gonzalez probably didn’t hurt. They’ve also shared an equally satisfying music video for the song, which features actors Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows, In Time) and Max Minghella (The Social Network, The Ides of March).

It’s a memorable video that fits the song well. Check it out below.
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[new]: The Killers – Shot At The Night (Produced By M83)

By Will Oliver, September 18th 2013 — with 1 comment

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Believe it or not, The Killers have been a band for 10 years now. If that doesn’t make you feel old..I don’t know what will. They’re releasing a greatest hits compilation album titled Direct Hits on November 11 to celebrate the mark. It features a few new songs, including “Short At The Night” which was produced by Anthony Gonzalez of M83.

“Shot At The Night” sounds like a old school radio hit that you would hear in the heart of the 80’s (the title fits too), with some ample electronic effects that are a credit to Gonzalez’s talent behind the board. It’s one of my favorite things that The Killers have released in a while. Dig it up below.

The Killers @ Paradise Theater (September 18, 2012)

By Will Oliver, September 18th 2012

It makes me feel old realizing that it’s been 8 years since Hot Fuss came out. I still remember hearing all those songs for the first time as a freshmen in high school, and just being taken in by how catchy they were. It was an age where I had just really discovered my own set of bands, and I’ll never forget the simplicity of life back then, and of these gorgeously catchy pop-rock songs. At one point kids in my school made fun of me for liking the band, and some probably still would, but who gives a shit?

The Killers are now chart topping superstars who can sell out any venue in a flash. Their show at the elegant Paradise Theater tonight was a release show for their new album Battle Born. So far in my early listening, the album is somewhat disappointing. Having heard some of them live tonight made me see some of them in a new way. I’ll give it more time to grow.

The real reason I went to the show was to hear all of the  big bombastic hits played loud and proud by the Las Vegas 4-piece. They delivered all of these songs in mega fashion, leaving no trace of energy behind. Essentially it was a rundown of their greatest hits, rightfully staying true to Hot Fuss and Sam’s Town, with the best pieces of Day & Age sprinkled here and there.

The highlights of the night were in the Hot Fuss tracks, “Mr. Brightside”, “All These Things That I’ve Done”, “Smile Like You Mean It” and “Somebody Told Me”. They threw in covers of Alphaville’s “Forever Young” and Joy Divisions “Shadowplay” as a nice change of pace.

The sound at the venue wasn’t perfect, but the band fought threw it by the end, giving us a powerful encore that included “Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine” and “When You Were Young”.

The Killers delivered a fun show, and a fun time, just as much so as when I first discovered them. People may not appreciate them as much as me, but I won’t lose any sleep over it.

The whole show was streamed live on youtube with direction from Werner Herzog. Watch the whole show here.

[stream]: The Killers – Battle Born

By Will Oliver, September 12th 2012 — with 2 comments

The Killers new album Battle Born is streaming over at iTunes right now. I’m about to take my first listen, and am hoping it’s better than Day & Age.

I’ll be seeing them at their album release show at the Bronx’s Paradise Theater next week, so we will see how they translate live. Director Werner Herzog will direct the Unstaged live stream.

[new]: The Killers – Runaways

By Will Oliver, July 10th 2012 — with 3 comments

“Runaways” is The Killers new single, from their upcoming new album, Battle Born. It’s been a 4-year-wait since their somewhat disappointing last album, Day & Age. So it’s safe to say fans expectations are rather high for this new album. “Runaways” is our first dip into the new waters.

The band seems to return back to the sound of 2nd album, Sam’s Town. It has that grand, epic, Killers feel that you either love or hate. If you’re leaning hard left or right, then that’s how you’re gonna feel about “Runaways”. The Killers are back in full form, and that’s a good or a bad thing for you.

The song surfaced on tumbr and is now available to listen (via SKOA). Listen below.

Battle Born comes out later this fall.

The Killers Reveal New Album Title: Battle Born

By Will Oliver, May 29th 2012 — with 1 comment

The Killers new album is titled Battle Born. Lead singer Brandon Flowers revealed the news in conversation with Rolling Stone. Flowers said that Battle Born is both the name of the band’s studio and a name for their home state, Nevada. Flowers was quoted saying:

In a sense, all Americans are battle born. Our ancestors came here for something better.

Some song titled include: “Heart Of A Girl”, “Flesh And Bone”, “Carry Me Home”, and “Runaways”.  Stuart Price, Steve Lillywhite, Damian Taylor and Brendan O’Brien all have some production credits.

Battle Born is potentially coming out this fall. Hopefully the album is more of Sam’s Town/Hot Fuss than their last release, the mostly forgettable and stale Day & Age.

Over the summer the band played a new song entitled “The Rising Tide” find that here, or posted below.
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[new] The Killers – The Rising Tide (Live)

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2011 — with 3 comments

The Killers have been working on some new songs, even with their numerous solo albums. Our first taste of this new material is “The Rising Tide” a song they debuted at their show in London last night. The song is so new that Brandon Flowers admits to having the lyrics at his side. I know the song is as fresh as can be, but it’s not doing anything for me. I defend my fandom of their earlier work because I’m a sucker for big pop hooks over dancey beats.

The Killers really need to come back big with this next album. You could say that they have a lot to prove after Day & Age, which didn’t age very well.

Take a listen to “The Rising Tide” below and please feel free to leave comments with your thoughts on the song.

[Listen/Watch] The Killers – Boots (A Christmas Song)

By Will Oliver, December 1st 2010 — with 2 comments

The Killers have made exclusive Christmas songs for the Charity (Red) . They’ve been doing this for a good 5 years now. Don’t you remember “A Great Big Sled” or “Don’t Shoot Me Santa”?

The latest Christmas special from the Las Vegas boys is “Boots”. It sounds more like a Brandon Flowers single (oddly enough, he’s the only member that shows face in the video). The song doesn’t do much of anything for me, but the video is pretty moving. I was surprised just how moved I was by it’s music video though. It was a great inspirational watch. If anything, watch this video because Starbucks is donating 5 cents to each time the video is viewed via their Starbucks Share program.

It was directed by Jared Hess, the director of Napoleon Dynamite. Give it a go, below:

The Killers Playing At The White House for 4th Of July

By Will Oliver, July 4th 2010 — with 1 comment

Consequence of Sound reports that The Killers will be playing at The White House tomorrow in celebration of the 4th of July. They will be performing at the USO’s “Salute To The Military”, a special concert on the White House South Lawn. The show will be available to stream on whitehouse.gov starting at 7pm.

This should hush all the people who assumed the band broke up when Brandon Flowers announced the release of his solo album. Looks like they’re still together. Let’s hope it stays that way.

So find some time between your BBQ and drunken antics to pull up the laptop and stream some good live music. Who knows when we will see The Killers again.





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