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Kings of Leon

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From traveling with their preacher father as children to touring with Bob Dylan last year, the Followill boys have come a long way and taken their unique brand of Southern indie rock to an international level. Tonight, the Nashville-based band consisting of three brothers and their cousin who make “alarmingly sophisticated pop” (New York Magazine) make their first appearance on AUSTIN CITY LIMITS .

The band’s full-length debut 2003’s Youth & Young Manhood captured “the sound of growing up and busting out without sparing the rough edges”(Onion AV Club) and led critics to compare Kings of Leon to Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top and The Rolling Stones. The band continued their exploration of raw southern rock with their sophomore release. On 2005’s Aha Shake Heartbreak “the melodies are sharper, the scissor kicks are higher and the grooves are groovier” (E Online).

For their third release, Kings of Leon attempted to relax the musical rules they’d established for themselves. “We took the limitations off of ourselves,” said guitarist Caleb Followill. “We went into the studio with an open mind, thinking let’s do whatever it takes to get these songs to the next level.”
Earlier this year, Kings of Leon released Because Of The Times, “an epic wide-screen movie of a CD” (Entertainment Weekly) which many critics consider to be their best release to date. Alternative Press wrote “They’ve honed their sound perfectly, hitting every mark they set and making Because Of The Times kick so much ass that it demands you respect them as new rock royalty.”

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