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Crash Kings

As a keyboards, bass and drums power trio, L.A.’s Crash Kings take a pretty stripped-down approach to their anthemic pop-rock. But they’ll strip down even further for this special Hotel Cafe set. For what’s billed as “An Intimate Set With Crash Kings,” they’ll debut brand-new songs from an upcoming, live-in-the-studio EP called Live Nudes, which sets aside lead singer Antonio Beliveau’s signature whammy-bar-equipped Clavinet in favor of some good old-fashioned piano. Even without those funky, distorted Clav riffs, Crash Kings are a force to be reckoned with live, as Beliveau’s soulful wail soars over brother Michael’s thundering bass and Tommy Rose’s arena-ready drums. Besides Live Nudes, expect the Kings to revisit some of the more piano-based tracks from their first two albums, such as “Come Away” and the Elton John–worthy breakup ballad “All Along.”
Wed., Dec. 3, 7 p.m., 2014 (Expired: 12/03/14)

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