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Jacksonville, Florida, United States (2006 – present)

Black Kids are an band who formed in Jacksonville, Florida, United States in 2006. Rolling Stone called them one of ten “Artists to Watch” in 2008 and they were also included in the BBC Top 10 Sound of 2008 poll. Their debut album, Partie Traumatic, was released in July 2008 and debuted at #5 on the UK Albums Chart.

The band consists of Reggie Youngblood (vocals and guitar), Owen Holmes (bass guitar), Kevin Snow (drums and percussion), Dawn Watley (keyboards and vocals), and Reggie’s sister Ali Youngblood (keyboards and vocals). They started out playing shows in Jacksonville, often as a supporting act for more well-known bands coming through town.

The band received national attention after a breakout performance at the Athens Popfest in Athens, Georgia on August 11, 2007, which led to a sudden flurry of coverage in the music press, including NME, Vice, The Guardian, and The Village Voice. The same month, Black Kids’ demo EP, Wizard of Ahhhs, was released via free download on their MySpace page. Soon after, Black Kids began working with Quest Management, the company that manages Björk and Arcade Fire. In October, the EP received a favorable review of 8.4 out of 10 from Pitchfork Media, including a “Best New Music” commendation.

Black Kids participated in the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City in October, earning the band exposure in The New York Times and USA Today. In December the band travelled to London for a brief tour. Rolling Stone called them one of ten “Artists to Watch” in 2008 and the band was also included in the BBC Sound of 2008 poll.

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