Mo Pop Festival 2014 Part III: Cold War Kids, Bad Suns, and Trampled By Turtles

I was pretty excited to see the rest of the bands on the list. Both Cold War Kids and Trampled by Turtles have been on my concert wishlist for sometime while Bad Suns was added as soon as I heard “Cardiac Arrest” hit the airwaves last year.

Cold War Kids pulled songs from across their discography which is always nice, including “Loner Phase” and fan favorite “Hang Me Out to Dry”. The set was a lot of fun and definitely a great pick me up as the exhaustion really starting to set in and I had so many bands left to see. The guys also played a bunch of new songs, including just released single “All This Could Be Yours” and “Hot and Cold”. Getting an early listen to the new music got me very excited for the next album to be released. The band’s playful fighting and messing around make for a fun set. I can tell you one thing, I’ll definitely be grabbing tickets the next time Cold War Kids come into town.

After finally getting to hear Language & Perspective, I was pretty excited to get to see Bad Suns play live. Probably one of the biggest breakouts of 2013, their single “Cardiac Arrest” has been playing all over the radio for months now, and honestly I’m not sick of it yet. The southern California quartet brought a lot of energy to their electro-tastic set and had the entire crowd in front of the Harmonie stage dancing non-stop. I’m so happy to see these guys doing so well and that they put on a great live show. Can’t wait for them to come back to the D, and hopefully get a complete set.

Moving from a high energy set to one that was a bit more low key was hard, especially since all I wanted to do was curl up under one of the seats and take a nap. Thankfully my excitement for getting to see Trampled By Turtles trumped my exhaustion and I was able to enjoy their beautiful, folk filled set. I hadn’t listened to their newest album, Wild Animals, yet but I was more than happy to hear some of the tracks for the first time live. The presence of so many instruments only made it that much better, helping to create a wonderful full sound that made the band sound much bigger than they are. Plus, the set wasn’t all mellow, there were some great fast-paced songs that had the fans clapping and cheering throughout as each band member got to showcase their wonderful musical talent. Hearing Trampled by Turtles perform live got me to go home and listen to them non-stop for a few days and adding them to the list of bands that I will see every time they come into town.

Part I featuring Flint Eastwood, MisterWives, and Bear Hands
Part II featuring Wild Cub, J Roddy Walston and the Business, and Hundred Waters
Part IV featuring Tokyo Police Club, The Neighbourhood, and Lord Huron
Part V featuring Young the Giant and City and Colour.