A near-perfect poppy rock band, England's Kooks conjure relentless melody, hook-making harmony and just enough stylish perversity - flecks of pallid reggae and off-the-cuff acoustic doodles - to keep it all intriguing. Two and a half years since Kooks' confused, bet-hedging third album, Junk of the Heart, most fans are still more interested in its brilliantly consistent insta-classic predecessor Konk, a 2008 release that wrung sufficient wistful beauty from youthful lust and loss to fuel an entire career. The Kooks' 2011 Troubadour show was staggering in its front-to-back quality, delivered with a rare swagger that comes only from holding a hand jammed with truly world-class tunes. Let's assume that Junk... is but a stumble, and that these tousle-haired talents will once again school their peers at the Troub.
Mon., March 10, 8 & 11 p.m., 2014 (Expired: 03/10/14)
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