Cold War Kids perform live in The Current studios

Cold War Kids perform "Miracle Mile" live in the studios of The Current. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
Cold War Kids- Bottled Affection
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  • Cold War Kids- Bottled Affection 02:36
  • Cold War Kids - Miracle Mile 03:00
  • Cold War Kids - Tuxedos 03:57
  • Cold War Kids - In-Studio 16:23

When two music acts know that they're in the same building, do they still make sound? When Cold War Kids heard Billy Bragg was in The Current studios for a Theft of the Dial, the band members — Nathan Willitt, Matt Maust and Matthew Schwartz — were down to meet the folk figure.

Frontman Nathan Willitt was at a loss for words, not just from meeting the British singer-songwriter activist, but from touring nonstop since the beginning of 2013 (meds were en route to First Avenue for his sore throat), all while preparing for the release of the new Tuxedos EP. On their official Twitter account, Cold War Kids even put the call out for pictures of fans in tuxedos:

The tweet was unrelated to the making of the "Tuxedos" music video, however, the fourth video they've premiered this year thus far. Nathan, Matt and "Schwartz" are simply just fond of tuxedos; the single appears on both the full-length Dear Miss Lonely Hearts and the Tuxedos EP.

Listen to the whole in-studio session to hear host Barb Abney talk with Cold War Kids about the new Tuxedos EP, their plans for another album in the near future and their missed connection with Brian Eno.

Songs Performed

"Bottled Affection"
"Miracle Mile"

All songs off Cold War Kids' fourth studio album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, out now on Downtown/Mercury Records.

Hosted by Barb Abney
Produced by Jon Schober
Engineered by Mike DeMark

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    Cold War Kids frontman Nathan Willett performing live in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Matthew Schwartz setting up his keys in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids sound checking in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids practices keys before performing live in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Matthew Schwartz and Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids moments before meeting Billy Bragg. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Matt Maust looks on to bandmate Nathan Willett as he shakes Billy Bragg's hand. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Billy Bragg, and Cold War Kids' Nathan Willett, Matthew Schwartz and Matt Maust meet in The Current studios. (MPR / Nate Ryan)

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