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It was a night that emphasized quiet and loud, a running theme I’m finding at Kings of Convenience gigs. Their second round of promoting 2009′s Declaration of Dependence, (this second rounder was scheduled for February but got cancelled), so better late than never our favorite boys from Bergen were back, dancing around, joking and being their amiable selves. Per their last tour, the night was an even mix of tracks from Quiet Is The New Loud, Riot On An Empty Street, and the current release. The evening began in classically bare-bones fashion: two voices, two guitars and, as they say, “sheer simplicity” with “Until You Understand,” “24-25″ and “Me in You.” Erlend Oye tickled the ivories with “Singing Softly to Me,” that twinkled into “The Girl From Back Then.” Eirik Glambek Boe and Oye joked about their musical marriage and dramatic decision to switch guitars, with Oye now playing on nylon strings. “Mrs. Cold” proved to be when the “fun” began if you will, when the volume got louder and the overzealous crowd (for a KoC gig) responded. Openers Franklin For Short joined the latter end, extremely changing the sound dynamic as apparent on the beefed up “Stay Out Of Trouble,” followed by the favorite “I’d Rather Dance With You,” a song so special it warranted Oye’s awkwardly wonderful dance moves. The energy was taken to maximum, leaving everyone wanting more. The encore took it back down a notch with “Homesick” and sweetened the end with Leslie Gore’s “It’s My Party.” I think the duo should now be dubbed The Kings of Cute. –Andrea D’Alessandro, Photo by Ã…se Holte