The Killers | Red Hat Amphitheater | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
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The Killers 

When: Mon., Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $35-59.50
Las Vegas pop band The Killers have been mostly quiet since the release of their third record, 2008's Day & Age. It was a rather confusing album that attempted to fuse glam rock's glitterball irony with Springsteen's working-class earnestness—natural enemies who do not mingle easily. In retrospect, it also served as a shaky halfway point between their fizzy smash-hit debut, Hot Fuss, and its ambitiously aching follow-up, Sam's Club. Maybe they've drawn too much guff for being phony style-hoppers; remember, these guys come from a town where a giant Eiffel Tower replica sits a short car ride from abandoned gold mines. Veering from neon European synth-pop to sepia-tint American arena rock actually seems like a pretty authentic expression of their roots.

In recent tours, The Killers have remained reliable arena fillers. Last year, they even strutted their stuff on the Internet in a sold-out live-streaming concert from New York. The fringes of that broadcast were typically baffling (they hung out backstage with director Werner Herzog and a live bald eagle), but on stage they delivered their broad pop strokes with enough assurance to overwhelm any tonal inconsistency. —Jeff Klingman

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