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Cold War Kids Bring Classic Indie Jams To Alumni Hall

Students went wild a few weeks ago for Logic in Alumni Hall, but this week SPA switched hip-hop for indie rock. The Cold War Kids performed for Penn State Friday night, and they sure delivered.

Cold War Kids

Hailing from Long Beach, California — Cold War Kids includes vocalist Nathan Willett, guitarist Dan Gallucci, bass guitarist Matt Maust, vocalist and keyboard-player Matthew Schwarts, and drummer Joe Plummer. The group has been together since 2004, so they naturally drew a loyal audience. The band performed as one of the headline acts for the Firefly 2015 Music Festival this summer, bringing in fans of all ages.

Though the crowd for this rock group was clearly more subdued and relaxed than other performances like Logic’s, the fans were pumped and the line stretched on nevertheless. Students waited hours to claim front row seats for this exciting act.

The group started off its set with songs like “Hang Me Up To Dry” and “We Used To Vacation.” The Cold War Kids primarily played songs from their most popular album, “Robbers and Cowards,” but included some of their old hits too.

Tunes like “Something is Not Right With Me” from their 2008 album, “Loyals to Loyals” pumped up the crowd and had everyone grooving. The hit “Miracle Mile” from their recent 2013 album “Dear Miss Lonleyhearts” kept the crowd equally thrilled.

Cold War Kids closed with a chill jam called “Saint John” that left Alumni Hall in good, relaxed spirits. Relive the show through our photo album.

Cold War Kids

So there you have it, another successful act brought to you by The Student Programming Association. Which exciting talent do they have planned for us next? We’ll just have to wait and see.

About the Author

Carolyn Popescu

Current senior studying Advertising and Visual Arts, Carolyn has a passion for entertainment and music. She also loves photography, film, graphic design, social media, and all things in between. She's the current Sony Music Marketing Representative for State College, so be sure to reach out to her with any local music scene questions, ideas, proposals, or if you just need someone to geek out about music with.

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