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The Kills at Lollapalooza 2011

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Posted by shore On August - 6 - 2011

@AndyShore Female singers make me melt. It’s why we made sure we had a great vantage point for Grace Potter & the Nocturnals…and didn’t leave it for the Kills. I’m fairly certain at some point yesterday Potter and Mosshart had a make out session on stage. Or maybe I was daydreaming or hallucinating from dehydration. Fantasies aside, I was quite excited to see the Kills at Lollapalooza this year. I have seen Allison with the Dead Weather a few times. Watching the live stream of their Bonnaroo made me realize she’s even better when I like the music more (sorry Zack–you know TDW aren’t my jam).

 

The Kills aren’t only Allison Mosshart, but I didn’t do much watching of Jamie Hince. He does quite a bit to fill the soundscape though. Whether it be queuing the drum tracks or moving his guitar just so to get the right distortion, Hince provides the perfect backing track to Mosshart. Their songs are almost always equal parts rocking and dance-able, which probably comes from the fact that they’re all layered over drum tracks.

 

The dance-ability factor is one of the reasons I prefer the Kills to the Dead Weather. From their opener of “No Wow,” I realized that it’s also because it’s easier to sing along to their songs. The crowd can chant right along with Mosshart. The small variations in instrumentation are also fun. Sometimes Mosshart mans a guitar along with Hince. Sometimes Hince is on keys or synths…and sometimes Mosshart bangs a drum. One thing that happened yesterday that I really enjoyed was the addition of two back up singers for a couple tunes. Their added vocals really filled out the sound nicely. It made me wish they were always there.
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What’s happening all the time is Mosshart being sexy. She makes it look easy. It’s a hip shake here, a flip of the hair there. She doesn’t even look like she’s trying. Most of the set her face is covered by her hair. This only serves to make the moments when she flips her hair out of her face even more poignant. All that wouldn’t mean anything (ok…as much) if she couldn’t back it up with killer vocals. She does. She keeps you pulled in singing “Heart is a Beating Drum” and left us wanting more as the Kills closed with “Sour Cherry.”

@ZackTeibloom Everything Andy said was true, but there were three factors going against The Kills. The first was that they played at the hottest and muggiest part of the day. Second, compared to the overt, brash sex appeal that Grace puts out there, Mosshart is coy and feels far more powerful when played off of Jack. Third, if Jack can’t be there, can we really do no better than a backing track? Having said all that, I thoroughly enjoyed the show and seeing Alison without Jack still did it for me. 8.5/10

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