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Kings of Leon

7 p.m. Thursday, September 7. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois).

U2 is certainly fond of hand-picking unorthodox support acts for their shows; just consider Kanye West's appearance at the Savvis Center last year, or the frequent opening slots given to Tennessee's Kings of Leon. During a May 2005 U2 show in Boston, this quartet of gawky, awkward longhairs seemed rather lost in the gigantic arena — seeing how their country-fried jangle, Southern-rock-god-worshipping (i.e., the Tom Petty-ish "Molly's Chambers") and serious Strokes-ian strumming didn't jive with people jonesing for "Sunday Bloody Sunday." But both U2 and KoL have one very important thing in common: soul. The latter's Followill brothers are the sons of a United Pentecostal evangelist who honed their musical skills in churches between Oklahoma City and Memphis, giving their music the necessary weight and urgency it needs to transcend any sort of retro tag.

 
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