While the Killers have decided to give their engines a rest after seven years of making hits and touring behind them, frontman Brandon Flowers is keeping his motor running.
He's struck out on his own, making a solo album Flamingo from songs he wrote while the Killers were on the road supporting Day & Age. The new album isn't out until Sept. 14, so what do we know so far?
Killers producer Stuart Price, the estimable Daniel Lanois and Brendan O'Brien have their production fingerprints on the record. Jenny Lewis guests.
The remix of "Only the Young" that leaked sounds like the Killers.
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The single "Crossfire" sounds like the Killers. (Meanwhile, in the Nash Edgerton-directed video, Charlize Theron merely looks killer.)
And tonight's show at the Troubadour is sold out.
Elsewhere: Local quintet Darker My Love celebrates the release of its third album, Alive As You Are, with a show at the Bootleg Theater. ... The Prids (you read about them yesterday) beam in from Portland to play the Bootleg Theater. ... Ted Nugent rocks the House of Blues. ... And John Mellencamp appears at the Grammy Museum.
Also: Cotton Jones, the Parson Red Heads and Roadside Graves at the Echo; Adam Haworth Stephens at Spaceland; Hey Rosetta, Gary Jules and Rachael Yamagata at the Hotel Cafe; Baths, Light Pollution and Teen Daze at Thesex; Bowery Beasts at La Cita; Fat Worm of Error at the Smell; Names of Stars at the Mint; Loch & Key at 3 Clubs; Dunes at Echo Curio; Modern Time Machines at LaBrie's; and OTEP at the Key Club.