Killers, M83 | UIC Pavilion | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Killers, M83 All Ages Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., Jan. 20, 7 p.m. 2009

The Killers’ 2004 debut, Hot Fuss, was a couple of excellent pop songs suffocating under a lot of obnoxious new-wave posturing. Its follow-up, Sam’s Town, was an obvious, embarrassing reach for authenticity and one of the worst Springsteen rip-offs of all time. Day & Age (Island), the band’s latest, seems to be their first record without an agenda or a target audience, and not surprisingly it’s also their best. Front man Brandon Flowers has lost his emo-ish yelp to become an actually decent vocalist, and the band has tempered some of its glammy tendencies, landing somewhere between Bowie’s post-Ziggy years and Disintegration-era Cure. Fortunately this newfound maturity and restraint hasn’t affected the group’s knack for massively hooky choruses—you might find yourself singing along to “Human” (“Are we human / Or are we dancer?”) even as you try to imagine a song with shittier lyrics. M83 opens. —Miles Raymer

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