Although the Bravery does not have the same clout as The Strokes, one might assume their homecoming gig would please the masses. The New York quintet take the stage to cheering fans, anticipating what they would offer on the warm, late-spring night. The Bravery pounds through their set, mainly comprised of selections from their new album The Sun and the Moon, as well as tracks from their self-titled debut. Despite the promise of the occasion, their performance is somewhat anti-climatic. True, the band tackle their songs with considerable polish and finesse, but a certain spark is missing. Even the band’s biggest hits don’t score as many fans’ screams as expected. Frontman Sam Endicott has all the workings of a great performer, he croons into the microphone with unique blend of passion and showmanship, half his body stiff as he clutches the microphone; his legs and other ends wailing with exuberant energy. He breathlessly asks his audience, in an effort to woo his fellow New Yorkers, “It’s days like these, when you wonder, why L.A. even exists!”

Meanwhile, filling the support slot, the Cinematics are the highlight of the bill, delighting the audience with their dark, dance-punk numbers. Their guitars scorch and roar through songs like “Break” and “Chase.” It’s obvious that these Glaswegians will only improve and are a blossoming talent. The Photo Atlas open the night as a rollicking, jaunty act. –Brittany Lange