Las Vegas post-punk glamazons The Killers
almost lost the pop honors they earned with Hot Fuss
when they decided to get serious with the Americana travesty Sam's Town
. Coupled with inflated egos (Lead singer Brandon Flowers said Sam's Town
would be "one of the best albums of the past twenty years"), the album seemed to result in a crossroads: Realize your strengths -- aka let Springsteen do his job -- or fade into the post-punk abyss. A b-sides release followed, but the last studio album 2008's Day and Age
signified a return to form -- sort of. They incorporated some of Sam's Town
's grandiosity, but they were smart enough to figure out, finally, that they shouldn't disown their fabulous knack for synth-driven glam-rock. They'll play American Airlines Arena October 3.