The Black Kids

Last fall, rock mags aplenty spilled ink on behalf of the Black Kids, a Florida combo that scribes repeatedly described as a cross between the Cure (thanks to singer Reggie Youngblood’s Robert Smith-like pipes) and the Go! Team (by virtue of pep squad-style chanting). As it turns out, this description is a little too accurate. Wizard of Ahhhs, an EP issued last year, feeds the aforementioned influences through the Irony Machine on material such as the cheeky, aerobic “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You” and “Hit the Heartbrakes,” a ringing ditty seemingly designed for a 1980s-vintage John Hughes film. The results are so schematic, not to mention self-consciously retro, that they sometimes recall the Scissor Sisters, a band no one wants to be compared to these days. For the Kids, appearing alongside Mobius Band and Cut Copy, reducing the imitative gimmickry may prove to be the real cure.
Sat., May 3, 8 p.m., 2008
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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