Even the coolest of cool kids — you know, the ones who can eloquently extol the virtues of MGMT's second album Congratulations — have a soft spot the size of Brooklyn for hits like “Kids” and “Time to Pretend.”
That's the kind of chewy, sweet electro-pop that New Zealand quintet the Naked and Famous has in its goody bag.
It's been almost two years since the group created some buzz at SXSW, and their debut album Passive Me, Aggressive You has not yet been released in the U.S. (although you can stream it here). But you will be hearing their insistent beats and hooky choruses soon enough — perhaps the song “Young Blood,” which was the first debut single by a Kiwi band in 16 years to reach No. 1 in their home country.
Here, take a 4-minute detour and watch video for “Young Blood.”
Other highlights: My Chemical Romance celebrates the release of its first album in four years, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, by playing to a sold-out House of Blues. … Singer-songwriter Dar Williams, playing behind her new hits compilation Many Great Companions, holds forth at the Hotel Cafe. … And Stewart Copeland appears at the Grammy Museum for a Q&A, a reading from his autobiography and to share some rare film clips from his Police days.
Elsewhere: Chasing Kings' residency at the Silverlake Lounge; Black Apples' residency at the Echo; Dirt Dress' residency at Spaceland; This Motel Life at the Roxy; Lord Huron at the Tar Pit (609 N. La Brea); Cazz at the Mint; Sunset Saints at the Viper Room; and Halloween Swim Team at Pehrspace.