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'Twas a freezing, wintry night in Nashville when Long Beach natives Cold War Kids brought their California heat to the Blue Room, serving up a set of songs primarily from their 2011 album Mine is Yours with a side of favorites from their debut Robbers & Cowards and Loyalty to Loyalty to a much obliged and thawing crowd.
Forming in 2004, the band has cited diverse influences such as Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground and Jeff Buckley for their blues-rock infused sound. From his post at the front, Nathan Willett — along with the band's bassist and visual director Matt Maust — has led Cold War Kids through the tricky 21st century rock and roll landscape, carving out within it what appears to be a permanent place of the band's own. "We come from that time of bands that either don't exist anymore or do in some smaller form. We're somewhere in the middle ground which is really great because we still get to do exactly what we want."