Tonight! Black Kids Blast Into Respectable Street

Tonight! Black Kids Blast Into Respectable Street

Sure, Black Kids frontman Reggie Youngblood (read Christine Borges' Q&A with him for Crossfade here) sings like an overly earnest Robert Smith impersonator, and sure, the band sounds like a thick patois of nearly every '80s musical dialect ever put on acetate, but that's exactly what makes them fantastic. It's almost as if they've tumbled out of a wormhole that sidestepped the wonder and the terror of the Reagan era, and yet they can still churn out four-minute pop songs mirroring everything that made the decade great.

Cheesy synth lines played to hooky, hokey perfection, oil-slick

production values, and canned yet canny beats forcing you to dance with

embarrassing style are all there, and it's all glorious. Pile on the

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band's indefatigable party vibe, carried in no small measure by the

drill-team exuberance of Dawn Watley and Ali Youngblood, to fill out a

giant, sweaty-faced, fun-flushed smile of a band. Detractors point to

the imitations and hype-machine expectations dashed, but everyone else

is wearing the gaudiest, brightest clothing and having a fantastic time

with five musicians who know how to make that happen.

-- Nicholas L. Hall

The Black Kids. 9 p.m. Saturday, July 3, at Respectable Street, 518

Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 at the

door. Call 561-832-9999, or click here.

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