Rozwell Kid played Middle East Upstairs – 8/5

West Virginia upstarts Rozwell Kid headlined the very sold-out Middle East Up on Saturday night alongside Chris Farren, Great Grandpa and Leaner. 

Rozwell Kid’s profile has been steadily rising in recent memory thanks to a tireless touring schedule and the release of June’s well-received Precious Artand Saturday’s overflowing crowd indicated that the band’s upswing has only just begun. It was my first time seeing them, and they brought all the star power to justify the hype. Guitarist/vocalist Jordan Hudkins proved a born bandleader, but the whole group was brimming with windmilling enthusiasm and rockstar charisma. The songs have the magic too, embodying an earnest, geeky charm that sets them apart from the too-drunk-to-dream bitterness of contemporaries like PUP (which, don’t get me wrong, PUP are also really great for).

Rozwell’s sweat-drenched set was the evening’s highlight, but support from Boston’s fuzzed-out Leaner, Great Grandpa‘s deconstructed indie rock and Chris Farren‘s goofy but affecting one-man show made it a compelling bill front to back. Photos from all four sets below.