Flowers's mother passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer at the beginning of 2010. When the band cancelled a number of tour dates citing family illness, it precipitated a hiatus that led many to suspect a breakup. Flowers dispels these rumors though, and the band is scheduled to go back in the studio in 2011 to record the follow-up to Day & Age. In the interim, Flowers has channeled his energy into what became his solo debut, this fall's Flamingo (Island/Def Jam). Like Sam's Town, it's an unambivalent love letter to his erstwhile hometown, painted in broad strokes, like the swooning album opener, "Welcome to Las Vegas," and the yearning "Jilted Lovers and Broken Hearts." The record sees Flowers trading in the buzz-saw bombast of his day gig for a newfound tenderness. But for this 29-year-old who married his high school sweetheart and is the father of two (with a third on the way), maybe it's just a matter of staying true to who he really is.

"I have to tell you, I've been really happy with the songs that are coming out of me now," Flowers says. "They just feel really effortless, not like the songs that I was writing when I was 22. I'm always embarrassed by bands that try to hold on to that, and I'm happy that some of these songs sound like a guy with a couple of kids and a wife wrote 'em." But just don't take that admission to mean that he has given up penning the powerful anthems he's renowned for. "I get excited all the time just thinking about writing great songs. Because of what I've done, there's a responsibility attached to what I do — but I gotta tell you, I don't mind the weight."

BRANDON FLOWERS | House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston | November 26 at 6 pm | $30-$40 | All Ages | 888.693.2583 or hob.com/boston

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