The Cold War Kids perform partially like a jam band, partially like a punk band. Their chemistry shows and they clearly get along. The band's four members kick, bump and lean into each other and a few times bunched together as a pack onstage, almost like a mid-game team huddle.
The Ready Room played host to a duo of bands heralding from Brooklyn, and one from Nashville on Friday night.
Not to be confused with the actual, government-sponsored campaign of the same moniker, Philadelphia rockers the War on Drugs give the impression that maybe we should all be taking something.
It wasn't until tUnE-yArDs' fourth song that singer Merrill Garbus finally picked up her baritone ukulele and the crowd cheered. "Oh you like this thing?" she smiled coyly before strumming chords over looping, flanged beats.
The Ready Room's luck has been rather rough, as in "The Perfect Storm"-like rough. Noise complaints that stemmed from the Grove's residents have kept the venue from carrying on freely like small-to-midsized joints located in surrounding neighborhoods. The venue survived a liquor license protest this week due to a lack of signatures from protesters. Still, the owners' have had to insulate its sound per resident request.
For the last 10 years or so, seeing Old 97's live has been the sonic equivalent of comfort food for me, my musical bacon-wrapped meatloaf, if you will.