His late-summer round of warm-up shows having done nothing but stoke the fires of adulation in fans' hearts, Brandon Flowers is now taking on bigger rooms in a U.S. tour that begins this week.
The Killers frontman has received a warm embraced for his solo debut Flamingo, which came out in September — and with the songs sharing so much DNA with the material he makes during his day job, it's no surprise.
Flowers has said some of the material on Flamingo was written for the Killers before the band decided to go on hiatus — a break the singer recently characterized as “still indefinite.” But with its fleeting country and gospel flourishes and distinct theme (it's pretty much an homage to Las Vegas), the 29-year-old's solo outing has character enough to stand out on its own.
Flowers' tour brings him to the Wiltern tonight, along with another rock frontman going it solo, Fran Healy of Travis.
Elsewhere: A Perfect Circle closes out a three-night stand at the Avalon by performing its third album eMOTIVe in its entirety. … Pop-punk quartet All Time Low, getting ready for the January release of its first major-label album, plays to a sold-out Troubadour. … And Lila Downs and Buika team up for a night of Latin-flavored music at Disney Hall.
Also: Jeffree Star at the Roxy; Nobunny at Spaceland; Papercranes at Bordello; Kraddy at Low End Theory at the Airliner; Candy Claws at the Bootleg Theater; Stereofix and Telegram at the House of Blues; Swollen Members at the Key Club; the Glory Stompers and Gravity Guild at the Viper Room; Bardo at the Silverlake Lounge; the Blank Tapes at the Hotel Cafe; Circle Pit at the Smell; Emanuel Gibson at the Mint; and Eddie Nichols at the Redwood Bar.
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