Black Kids

Buzz can only get you so far, but it never hurts to reek of it. For all the continuing hype Florida quintet Black Kids have generated, it's notable that while they've played an insane number of shows and buoyed countless blogs since dropping their debut EP, Wizard of Ahhhs, last August, they haven't bothered to set a release date for a first album yet. In a sense this is a shame, because the Kids kick up a synth-driven strain of party-down dork-rock that doesn't make dancing mandatory; like Southern rap's more accessible snap hits, "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You" is simple to sing along and relate to. But as this decade's previous indie-rock buzz bands could tell you, the honeymoon's over after that first full-length hits and the halo's gone. We suspect that A) Black Kids are laboring mightily in service of a monumental release, and B) catching 'em live might clue you in to what's in store. Yes, it's kind of ridiculous that they're issuing a rerecorded "Boyfriend" as a single next month—until you realize that it's just a way to keep their young brand fresh in the public consciousness a little longer. With Cut Copy and Mobius Band. 21+.
Tue., May 6, 8 p.m., 2008

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