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Not Really a Kidstreet EP Release, but Awesome Nonetheless

A high-energy, dance-y, synth-rock-y good time.

It seemed that anyone making must-see concert lists for the long weekend had saved a slot for Kidstreet’s Saturday night show at Wrongbar. At this point, party prognosticators have an easy call to make in saying that any Kidstreet show is going to be a high-energy, dance-y, synth-rock-y good time. It didn’t matter that the show was incorrectly publicized as an EP release party (their EP has been out for a couple of months now) as everyone in attendance seemed to enjoy the sweaty dance party that materialized.

Bryan Sutherland of OPOPO.

OPOPO opened the night with a set that was much more solid and polished than when we most recently heard them play, at NXNE. The band is down to two people these days, and are sounding much more rock than electro than in past years. It seems that Light Work extracted the majority of electro music from OPOPO’s sound and left behind something that sounds like a punkier Carps.

Airick Woodhead aka Doldrums.

Doldrums followed OPOPO with some really great beats, ranging from the chilled-out to more danceable tracks. And while there is no doubt that Airick Woodhead is capable of making incredibly intriguing music, for a crowd that came for a high-energy dance party, the solo musician playing a small keyboard inside of a suitcase to mostly prerecorded tracks didn’t quite work, and Woodhead’s stage presence left the crowd underwhelmed. (Though, we highly suggest listening to the Doldrums Endless Mixtape to get a taste of Woodhead’s musical mastery.)

Brad Weber, drummer for Caribou, joins Kidstreet from the crowd during "Spin Twirl."

By the time Kidstreet took the stage, the majority of the dance floor at Wrongbar was filled with an audience primed to party. Kidstreet played everything that the audience came to hear (most notably their blazingly quick tempo’d Penny Candy) as well as a few new songs off their forthcoming album, due to be released by the end of the month.

Cliff Snyder gets some hangtime during "Fuh Yeah."

For their encore, they played Song (which you might recognize from any Ford TV commercial from this past year) and closed the night with their electrically sexy Fuh Yeah, during which keyboardist/vocalist Cliff Snyder could be counted on to get several feet of air while simultaneously jumping and playing keyboard.

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