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The Kills find new life on 'Ash & Ice'

The Kills find new life on 'Ash & Ice'

Once upon a time, the sight of Alison Mosshart kicking over an electric fan would have registered as pure rock ’n’ roll theater.

And, sure enough, when the live-wire frontwoman of the Kills used a thigh-high leather boot to lay into one at April’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the moment had some undeniable electricity. It was precisely the kind of charge that’s established this scowling blues-punk duo — singer Mosshart and guitarist Jamie Hince — as one of rock’s most exciting live acts.

A few days after the performance, though, Mosshart insisted she was simply managing a situation with the tools at...