It got loud when NPR Music live webcast a full concert from one of the grittiest rock duos of the past decade, The Kills. The band has an outsize sound, fueled by deafening guitar noise and trashy rhythms, and is known for feverish live performances.
Singer-guitarist Alison Mosshart and guitarist Jamie Hince formed The Kills in 2001 after bonding over their shared love of blues- and punk-infused garage rock. Their fourth and most recent record, 2011's Blood Pressure — released after Mosshart heightened her profile alongside Jack White in The Dead Weather — is full of sex and swagger, dark guitar riffs and twisted beats.
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This was definitely a concert that made you thank your lucky stars you remembered those earplugs.
The set ended with a blast of rock - "The Last Goodbye," "Sour Cherry" and "Monkey 23."
Though the band played songs mostly from their newest album, 2011's Blood Pressures, they threw in a good assortment of classic songs.
Hince shredded on his guitar, but let Mosshart take center stage for most of the show.
Mosshart vamped through her sets like a rock superstar, blasting out the band's popular songs like "Heart Is a Beating Drum" and "U.R.A. Fever."
That bit of country calm didn't last long, however, and the duo roared back to life with "Baby Says."
The band got quiet for a soulful cover of Patsy Cline's "Crazy" halfway through the show.
Mosshart and Hince were backed by two mysterious, guerrilla drummers in a few songs.