Brandon Flowers, the Killers bring refreshed vocals to town

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Photo - and LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22:  Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. of The Killers attends the Q Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 22, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
and LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. of The Killers attends the Q Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 22, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
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Local fans of the Killers have lucked out.

While the band offered fans two new videos, "Atomic Bomb" and "Here With Me," singer Brandon Flowers' bout with laryngitis forced the four-piece Las Vegas-based band to cancel some high-profile gigs. Flowers is better now, and the band -- with Grammy Award-nominated support act Tegan and Sara -- is ready to play the local show. If early shows on this tour are any indication, expect Flowers and his band mates to embrace fans' love.

"It's our first show here in three years, and you haven't deserted us!" Flowers gushed during a rambling intro to "The Way It Was" in Denver, reports John Wenzel of Rolling Stone. "I'm no good at talking about it, so I'll just sing about it."

That Nov. 29 show had put to rest concerns about Flowers' vocal health, which had caused the band to cancel shows earlier that month. The new concerns about his health caps off a year full of major highs and lows for the band. Highlights include the release of the band's fourth studio album, "Battle Born," several new videos including "Here With Me," on which they collaborated with Tim Burton and Winona Ryder, several successful charity events, and their annual holiday single and video. Low points included Flowers' vocal challenges, some fans' disappointment in the band's "neutral" stance in the presidential election and the suicide of Thomas "Tommy" Marth, 33, who played saxophone on tours with the band between 2008 and 2010.

Onstage
The Killers
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax
Info: $65; 202-397-SEAT (7328); ticketmaster.com

Twin sisters Tegan and Sara have also had a busy year and one unexpectedly major high point -- a Grammy nomination for their video "Get Along."

"It is very exciting," said Tegan by phone from Los Angeles. "We are not really the kind of band that gets that excited about awards, but this is massive. We are thrilled."

The sisters are enjoying success with their recently released single "Closer," off their soon-to-be-released album "Heartthrob."

"When we went to work on 'Heartthrob,' the only thing we wanted to write was music more like the music we liked when we were growing up, like by Cyndi Lauper," she said. "We wanted to be really honest with ourselves and push it to the next level. Sara and I have been writing songs since we were 15. Now we're 32. It was time to make the leap."

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Nancy Dunham

Examiner Correspondent
The Washington Examiner