Carolina Liar, 5 Towers Concert Plaza at Universal Citywalk, 7/16/11

Who says you get what you pay for? We caught a great show for free at Universal Citywalk this weekend.
Who says you get what you pay for? We caught a great show for free at Universal Citywalk this weekend.
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WHO: Carolina Liar

WHERE: 5 Towers Concert Plaza at Universal Citywalk

WHEN: Saturday, July 16

Better Than ... Saves The Day

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Carolina Liar performed as part of Universal CityWalk's "Plugged In" summertime series which is held every weekend from 7-10 p.m. (at no cost to the public, just parking!).

The band performed songs from their upcoming second studio album, Wild Blessed Freedom, which is scheduled for release on September 27, 2011, as well as hits from their debit album Coming to Terms.

A sea of high schoolers swarmed the stage, making us feel a little old. There were a number of college-aged kids mixed in the crowd, many of whom yelled things like "Are you single?" and "I want to have your babies!" throughout the show. And we could see why--if Jude Law was younger, still attractive and played guitar, he'd look a bit a like guitarist Rickard Göransson. And, dare we say it, lead singer Chad Wolf could pass as a pretty version of the late Kurt Cobain. (OK fine, maybe it's just his current hair length and the striped, '90s-esque jacket he was wearing that night).

Shows like Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, 90210 and The Hills made Carolina Liar's music a success, but, from what we heard, they are not going to need to rely on television to make their next album heard.

Their latest single, "Drown," walks a fine line between pop and rock with its catchy chorus and heavy drums and bass lines. Wolf's voice sounds as soothingly clear and sincere as ever. No wonder all the girls are after him.

The band saved mega-hits "Show Me What I'm Looking For" and "I'm Not Over" for the end of the show. Even stray passersby knew all of the lyrics to those songs!

Critical bias: Guilty pleasure band no more!

Random notebook dump: Summer may be halfway over, but there is still time to catch a few free shows at 5 Towers. Fridays predominately feature up-and-coming bands from L.A., from 98.7-FM's "Close to Home" music showcase and Sundays are Telemundo nights, featuring "telenovela" stars, as well as contests and giveaways.

Bassist/keyboardist Johan Carlsson of Carolina Liar.
Bassist/keyboardist Johan Carlsson of Carolina Liar.
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What Jude Law would look like if he found a time machine and quit acting to pursue a career in music.
What Jude Law would look like if he found a time machine and quit acting to pursue a career in music.
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No lie: Carolina Liar is a great live band. Just ask these folks.
No lie: Carolina Liar is a great live band. Just ask these folks.
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Rockin' out with Carolina Liar.
Rockin' out with Carolina Liar.
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Drummer Peter Karlsson of Carolina Liar.
Drummer Peter Karlsson of Carolina Liar.
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Citywalk is pretty at night.
Citywalk is pretty at night.
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Scored a setlist!
Scored a setlist!
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Setlist:

King of Broken Hearts

California Bound

Salvation

Better Alone

Best Friend's Girl

Coming to Terms

Simple Life

No More Secrets

Drown

Beautiful World

Last Night

Show Me What I'm Looking For

I'm Not Over

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