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Cold War Kids

Embracing influences as diverse as Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, Jeff Buckley, and the Velvet Underground, Cold War Kids grew from blog darlings into a band with a contemporary yet classic sound. Founding members vocalist/guitarist/pianist Nathan Willett, bassist Matt Maust, drummer Matt Aveiro, and guitarist Jonnie Russell began crafting their soulful, blues-inflected take on indie rock as Cold War Kids in 2004, recording demos in Los Angeles soon after they formed. After signing to Monarchy Music, Cold War Kids released their debut EP, Mulberry Street, in spring 2005. The band's unique sound and impassioned live act generated a buzz -- particularly from bloggers -- that grew with each tour and release. Maust's clean but eye-catching designs for EPs like With Our Wallets Full and Up in Rags, and the group's website, also added to Cold War Kids' mystique. In 2006, they signed to Downtown Records and their full-length debut, Robbers & Cowards, arrived that fall. The band relocated to Long Beach, California after spending two years on the road, and delivered their bluesy, introspective second album, Loyalty to Loyalty, in 2008. On Behave Yourself, an EP that had a digital release late in 2009 and was issued on CD early in 2010, Cold War Kids emphasized their soulful ballads. In 2010 the band went into the studio with Grammy-winning producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon). Their third album, the polished Mine Is Yours, arrived in early 2011. Late in 2012, Russell departed Cold War Kids, with former Modest Mouse and Murder City Devils guitarist Dann Gallucci joining the band for 2013's Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, which he also co-produced with Lars Stalfors. A few months later, the digital-only EP Tuxedos arrived. At the end of the year, Aveiro left the group and was replaced by Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer. Though Maust and Willett worked on the side project French Style Furs -- whose debut Is Exotic Bait arrived in 2014 -- Cold War Kids also returned that year with Hold My Home. Recorded at the band's personal studio and once again produced by Gallucci and Stalfors, the album was released in October 2014. In 2016 Gallucci left the band and was replaced by We Barbarians' Dave Quon. In 2017 the group returned with their sixth studio album, L.A. Divine. The record was said to be an ode to the group's hometown of Los Angeles, and the release was preceded by the lead single "Love Is Mystical." ~ Heather Phares
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Stations Featuring
Cold War Kids

    New Alternative First

    New Alternative First
    2 songs

    Top Alternative

    Top Alternative
    7 songs

    Alternative Mix

    Alternative Mix
    7 songs

    Pop Rock

    Pop Rock
    7 songs

    Alternative Party

    2 songs

    Adult Alternative

    1 song

    Adult Rock

    1 song

    New Indie First

    1 song

    Top Indie

    4 songs

    Indie Rock Mix

    4 songs

    Indie Party

    4 songs

Albums by
Cold War Kids

Top Songs by
Cold War Kids

  1.   Song
  2.   Hang Me Up to Dry
  3.   Hospital Beds
  4.   Louder Than Ever
  5.   Miracle Mile
  6.   All This Could Be Yours
  7.   First
  8.   Audience
  9.   We Used to Vacation
  10.   I've Seen Enough
  11.   Love Is Mystical
  12.   Something Is Not Right with Me
  13.   Finally Begin
  14.   Can We Hang On?
  15.   Hot Coals
  16.   So Tied Up by Bishop Briggs
  17.   Tell Me in the Morning
  18.   Mine Is Yours
  19.   Santa Ana Winds
  20.   Go Quietly
  21.   Saint John
  22.   Hair Down
  23.   A Million Eyes
  24.   Bitter Poem
  25.   Tuxedos
  26.   Loner Phase
  27.   Minimum Day
  28.   Royal Blue
  29.   Fear & Trembling
  30.   St. John
  31.   One Song at a Time
  32.   Stop & Rewind
  33.   Drive Desperate
  34.   Romance Languages
  35.   Jailbirds
  36.   Pregnant
  37.   Thunder Hearts
  38.   Amazing
  39.   Hear My Baby Call
  40.   Flower Drum Song
  41.   Hotel Anywhere
  42.   Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
  43.   Water & Power
  44.   Bottled Affection
  45.   Lost That Easy
  46.   Out of the Wilderness
  47.   Broken Open
  48.   On the Night My Love Broke Through
  49.   Every Man I Fall For
  50.   Welcome to the Occupation
  51.   Every Valley Is Not a Lake
  52.   Mexican Dogs
  53.   Against Privacy
  54.   Robbers
  55.   Hold My Home
  56.   You Don't Come Through
  57.   Pine St.
  58.   Aeon
  59.   Baby Boy
  60.   Flying Upside Down
  61.   Cold Toes on the Cold Floor
  62.   Bulldozer
  63.   Relief
  64.   Quiet, Please!
  65.   God, Make Up Your Mind
  66.   CWK Portuguese Bend
  67.   Taxman
  68.   Harold Bloom
  69.   Nights & Weekends
  70.   Romance Languages #2
  71.   Skip the Charades
  72.   Sensitive Kid
  73.   Sermons
  74.   Coffee Spoon
  75.   Expensive Tastes
  76.   Cryptomnesia
  77.   Dreams Old Men Dream
  78.   A Change Is Gonna Come
  79.   Rubidoux
  80.   Passing the Hat
  81.   Golden Gate Jumpers
  82.   Avalanche in B
  83.   Red Wine, Success!