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Black Kids

If their only achievement ends up being hipsters' awkwardly expressing an affinity for "black kids," then be ready to hoist the victory banners in celebration. Auspiciously, though, Black Kids have a bit more mettle in their dance-pop mix. Lead singer/guitarist Reggie Youngblood, bassist Owen Holmes, drummer Kevin Show, and Dawn Watley and Ali Youngblood (Reggie's sibling) on keyboards and backing vocals came together in 2006 in Jacksonville, Florida. A year later, attention-grabbing performances at the Athens Popfest and CMJ, and a buzzworthy EP released via MySpace, set the stage for Partie Traumatic, their 2008 debut on Columbia Records. Their first single, "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You," and current single, "Look at Me (When I Rock Wichoo)," typify the Black Kids sound. Reggie Youngblood's croony wails echo like a punchier Robert Smith. Holmes' bass and Show's drums set off the disco strutting with enough rock scruff to keep things grounded. Watley and Youngblood's synths wrap it all in New Wave gloss while their backing vocals deliver fun and catchy verbal bursts and hooks intent on embedding themselves in your brain.
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Jose Gonzalez