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March 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

The Kings of Leon: Evolution? Sellout? Who Cares?

By Chris Kornelis / Special to The Seattle Times

When Kings of Leon released its fourth LP, “Only By the Night” in 2008 the Nashville band not only became one of the country’s biggest rock bands, but one of its most divisive. Fans of the scrappy, undercard rock on KOL’s first two albums had largely tolerated transitional third album, “Because of the Times,” but cried sellout when the band rose to the top of the charts on the back of lead single “Sex On Fire.” The band is now touring behind last year’s “Mechanical Bull.” I recently traded notes with KEXP DJ John Richards about the band and the backlash.


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