Black Kids

No wonder Black Kids crashed the music industry overnight. The Florida troupe’s self-aware pop is all giddy nerves and unbridled catchiness­—not to mention a bleating tribute to the Cure, B-52s, and other ’80s mainstays—and when a free download is as instantly winning as their preternatural Wizard of Ahhhs EP, fame is sure to follow. It helps that they followed all that early buzz with Partie Traumatic, one of seemingly hundreds of solid albums produced by Bernard Butler in the past year. Plus, Black Kids’ live show is as charged and charismatic as their recordings, which more than earns them the right to tour alongside Mates of State, a one-time buzz band that’s consistently worked wonders within a potentially rigid keys/drums/vocals formula.
Fri., April 24, 7 p.m., 2009


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