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Music Review: Blacks ‘Invented Rock N Roll’ and TV on the Radio Picks Up the Torch

Salon.com urges its readers to “refresh our collective memory” and recognize that before MTV and the invention of music videos and pandering to suburbia, “Black Americans invented rock ‘n’ roll.”

The columnist, James Hannaham, writes that “there hasn’t been a great mostly black rock band since Sly and Funkadelic–until TV on the Radio.”

Praising the Brooklyn band, the writer says they’ve “released three albums’ worth of stirring, modern and inventive alternative rock, integrating elements as diverse as electronica, guitar atmospherics and doo-wop soul vocals that recall both Peter Gabriel and the Brothers Johnson.”

This only validates and solidifies Blindie’s love for TV on the Radio!

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Reviews Are Out for Black Kids’ Partie Traumatic

With their latest release Partie Traumatic out Tuesday, Black Kids are nabbing overwhelmingly positive pop-slanted reviews for their highly-anticipated debut. Here’s a few reviews we dug up on the Florida-based, interracial band we’ve been ga ga over for months:

Village Voice:

As far as eagerly anticipated debuts go, Partie Traumatic is loose and unforced in its extreme eagerness to please. The Kids make no attempts to edit groaner lyrics or hide their obsession with melody. If they worked at Dunkin’ Donuts, they’d fill the jelly ones until they exploded.That pop enthusiasm inspires some unusual new-wave references.

Rolling Stone:

Rerecorded versions of “Boyfriend” and other songs from the band’s 2007 EP, Wizard of Ahhhs, make up the best moments of their sugary debut LP — which is a tad worrying. But with Brit-pop vet Bernard Butler behind the decks, these Floridians still toss out an impressive 10-song party grenade


Delivering bright, flat Pop Art surfaces to complement the dark, bumpy depths of their debut album, Partie Traumatic, Black Kids look and sound like a biracial Archies the cartoon act that scored 1969’s bubblegum milestone “Sugar, Sugar” right down to keyboardists Ali’s and Dawn Watley’s brunette and blonde hairdos

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