Kings of Leon (KOL) aborted their hipster indie roots a long time ago for the greener (cash) pastures of female-leaning, crossover pop-rock. Not forgetting their beginnings, the Followill brothers have tapped indie rock veterans Built to Spill and the Features of Sparta, Tenn., as supporting acts for the show Friday night at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater.
The Features, supporting 2009's Some Kind of Salvation, were the first band signed to an independent label co-owned by Kings of Leon.
Over the years, Built to Spill (out of Boise, Idaho), maintained indie-rock credibility despite being under the banner of Warner Bros. Records. Their seventh full-length release, 2009's There Is No Enemy, propels Built to Spill fans back to the '90s, when the band was at its most creative and ambitious. Complete with dreamy, passionate indie-rock jams, the new Built to Spill is worthy of a listen and experiencing live.
For those attending the show, a traffic advisory has been issued by Live Nation San Diego. Needless to say, give yourself enough time to battle the traffic and beer lines to support the formidable openers.