Kings of Leon

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It has been a year since the men of Fol­low­ill re­leased “Walls,” a shiny pack­age of pop-rock cal­cu­la­tions high­lighted by the singles “Waste a Mo­ment” and “Rev­erend.” If mu­sic crit­ics were largely left want­ing, fans felt oth­er­wise, push­ing “Walls” to the top of the Bill­board chart (it’s the band’s first No. 1 al­bum) and buy­ing tick­ets at a rate that en­cour­aged Kings of Leon to ex­tend the sup­port­ing tour, which ar­rives in West Palm Beach on Fri­day. This is not en­tirely new ter­ri­tory for Nashville-based brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Fol­low­ill and cousin Matthew Fol­low­ill, whose in­die-soul cred­i­bil­ity and pop in­tu­ition prompted the lazy “South­ern Strokes” short­hand when they were fill­ing are­nas nearly a decade ago with break­out hits "Use Some­body" and "Sex on Fire," from 2008's Grammy-win­ning “Only by the Night.” The band’s slow-burn­ing ca­reer since, in­ter­rupted by un­for­tu­nate de­tours into rock-star celebrity ex­cess, has left many on­look­ers con­flicted. But per­haps it’s best to let the mu­sic speak for it­self: In March, Kings of Leon per­formed a head­lin­ing set at the Okee­chobee Mu­sic and Art Fes­ti­val that was a masses-pleas­ing spec­ta­cle but some­how man­aged to re­tain an air of open-garage-door, neigh­bor­hood-jam au­then­tic­ity. No easy trick. Kings of Leon has the good sense to have folky Los An­ge­les rock quar­tet Dawes as the open­ing act on Fri­day. Don’t be late. When: 7 p.m. Fri­day; Dawes opens Where: Co­ral Sky Am­phithe­atre, 601-7 Sans­bury’s Way, West Palm Beach Cost: $17.75 (four-pack)-$221 Con­tact: Live­Na­tion.com, KingsOfLeon.com

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