Last Wednesday’s oppressive rain was perfectly complemented by the bluesy punk of the duo of Allison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, better known as The Kills. Dropping into the Trocadero in between two appearances in New York City, they stormed through a set of songs that resonated with their Philly fans from start to finish.
Despite not having a new record since 2011’s Blood Pressures, Mosshart and Hince roared through their catalog. Beginning with the opener “U.R.A. Fever,” Hince brought his guitar to life with a mix of proto rock and punk. Mosshart stalked around the stage, ready to pounce on a punk beat. And when she unleashed her vocals and occasional guitar, she was glorious to behold. Owning every move, every grasp of the microphone and every smile, Mosshart was electric. She and Hince together make for rock magic (and the percussion section added yet another dimension). It did seem odd that they did not play anything new from their forthcoming LP, but no matter; it was a night of soul-searing and hip-shaking rock.
Portland based Moon Duo opened. Fronted by Wooden Shjips’ Erik Johnson and Sanae Yamada, they produced a wall of sound with a hint of mystery injected from the dark front projection lighting. 2012’s Circles provided much of their musical ammo.