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fun. kicks 'Some Nights' into gear

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Entertainment,Music,Nancy Dunham

It's time for fun.

The red-hot trio that quickly nabbed a nationwide fan base when it released its 2009 album, "Aim and Ignite" is now on tour leading up to its sophomore album, "Some Nights," scheduled for Feb. 21 release.

For a band with the whimsical moniker, it might seem odd to hear lead singer Nate Ruess say " 'Some Nights' has a common theme of guilt and depression and laying everything on the table, sure but there's always some sort light at the end of the tunnel. That's what this album is striving for, to say something along the lines of 'OK, I found that light, but it's just led me to another situation where I need to find the light again.' "

Although many would find it difficult to believe the group, which was just nominated for six Grammy Awards, ever lost that light. The trio formed in 2008 and has been riding a fast track ever since with two singles from its latest album -- "We are Young'' and the title track -- already gaining popular and critical success.

Onstage
fun.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Where: DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW
Info: $34; ticketmaster.com; 202-397-SEAT

For its latest album the band teamed with producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Drake). That might seem an odd choice for the indie rockers, but Ruess said he was following his muse.

"I got really got into hip-hop," he said. "I mean really into it. Songs started coming to me in the middle of the night and I would hear them with breakbeats and samples, and it all made sense ... I told everyone I wanted the next record to sound like a hip-hop album, and I don't think they were unsupportive, but they were definitely confused."

Although the Grammy-winning Bhasker was the band's first choice as producer, it initially looked like the pairing wouldn't work.

"Jeff wasn't very, shall we say, warm. He had been working on Beyonce all day, and he really gave the vibe that he didn't want to be meeting with me," said Ruess. "We ended up hitting it off ... [and] I decided to sing him something I had been working on. I remember singing the chorus for 'We Are Young' kind of loud and out of key. That's when I learned that Jeff does this thing when he's excited where his eyes perk up and somehow his ears move all the way to the top of his head. He told me we had to work together."

With three songs from "Some Nights" having hit the top 100, it's corny but fair to say the partnership made some beautiful music together. And this is just the beginning of the journey.

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