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The Kills Come to Los Angeles and Burn It To The Ground

The Kills at The Glasshouse
The Kills Destroy the Glasshouse

The Kills Destroy the Glasshouse

The duo of Allison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, aka, The Kills, played back to back, sold out L.A. shows at the El Rey and Glasshouse this week and it was my first time seeing them live, along with Baby in Vain. I am a HUGE fan of Mosshart with the Dead Weather and my love of that band rolled into a deep appreciation for The Kills. I’ve heard many people comparing The Kills to The White Stripes, over the years. That is one of the laziest and uninventive comparisons to pigeon hole a unique and creative collaboration such as The Kills, that I’ve heard in quite a long time. The Kills don’t sound like anyone else and rarely can one find the type of talent, sex appeal and presence that Allison Mosshart displays on stage.

Allison Mosshart and The Kills at The Glasshouse

Allison Mosshart and The Kills at The Glasshouse

The Kills took the stage to a packed and exuberant house in Pomona. They wasted no time drawing the audience in by kicking the show off with “U.R.A. Fever” and instantly, it was on. With a battery of accompanying musicians in the background triggering samples and beating on drum modules, Mosshart and Hince stayed up front and were free from the past multi-tasking performances in which they would trigger their own samples and drum beats. Over the next hour and a half, The Kills blazed through their classic tunes as well as unleashing a few new tracks on the crowd called “Echo Home”, “Doing it to Death” and “Impossible Tracks”. The fact that there is new material from The Kills and a new Dead Weather LP coming out in September is more than I can bear. This show gave me a much needed fix to float away from while we wait for the onslaught of creativity that is following close behind.

Set List

U.R.A. Fever

Future Starts Slow

Heart Is A Beating Drum

Kissy Kissy



Impossible Tracks (new)

Echo Home (new)

Black Balloon

Tape Song

No Wow

Baby Says

Doing it to Death (new)

Sour Cherry

Pots And Pans

Monkey 23


The Last Goodbye

Last Day of Magic

Fried My Little Brains

Words: Danny Baraz

Photos: Mitch Livingston

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