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The Kooks 

When: Tue., Nov. 29 2011

It's never easy to outdo the summer's catchiest hit with your own cover version, but the Kooks managed the task nicely during a recent live BBC broadcast. Their moodier version of Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" brings out the song's more ominous lyrical content, with Hugh Harris' super-clean hollow-body guitar work as impressive as ever. Despite three Top 10 British albums, the Kooks' youthful blend of power-pop and classic-rock influences hasn't yet achieved the kind of stateside attention given to their indie-pop peers the Arctic Monkeys, but it could still happen. Catch them tonight at the Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, in a 16-and-over show with Yawn opening. Showtime's at 8, and tickets are $22/adv, $24/door. — Bill Forman



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