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    Cool Kids Heat Up in Austin

    The Cool Kids certainly had one hot night at Emo's in Austin, TX. Minutes after taking the stage, Evan "Chuck English" Ingersoll whipped off his shirt, while his co-emcee Antoine "Mikey Rocks" Reed panted, "I feel like I'm in the microwave!" But the heat didn't deter the sold-out, all-ages crowd from partying like it was 1999 to the duo's giddy old school tunes. Reconfiguring samples from Dr. Dre, Wu-Tang, and 2live Crew, the duo created a hand-waving, fist-pumping, block party atmosphere perfect for the end of summer. Between songs off their new Bake Sale EP, the Cool Kids delighted by detouring into Wu-Tang's "R.A.W." and some classic Snoop Dogg selections, before diving back into their "A Little Bit Cooler" rhymes about Fruity Pebbles and video games.

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    The Lisps

    Who? Multi-instrumentalist Cesar Alvarez pens lyrics to sing with ex-galpal Sammy Tunis, while Jeremy Hoevenaar plays bass and Eric Farber mans the sticks. Country Doctor Museum, the Brooklyn-reared band's debut long-player, was self-released earlier this year. A U.S. tour kicks off in later this month, and appearance at SXSW follows in March. What's the Deal? The Lisps fancy themselves indie-rock vaudevillians, playing off Tunis and Alvarez's theatrical dual vocals. In fact, the Lisps began when the pair traveled across Europe together -- Alvarez played solo, and Tunis, an accomplished actress, jumped onstage to sing with him.

  • Jack Peñate Brings 'Matinée' to Light

    Former SPIN.com Artist of the Day Jack Peñate celebrated the stateside release of his debut album, Matinée,by turning the Mercury Lounge into an English pub last night (Jan. 22).Following a pitch-perfect set from NYC retro rockers the Postelles, theragamuffin tunesmith took to the stage, ultimately surprised by thefront row dominance of his fellow countrymen and women in the audiencefor the first of two sold-out NYC gigs. "I apologize to you NewYorkers," joked Peñate about the many British accents sprinkled aroundthe crowd. Next the English popster, backed by Joel Porter onbass and Alex Robins on drums, showcased his kinetic energy andsoul/rockabilly hybrid that's made him a star in his native U.K.,including his signature silly dance moves and manic guitar strumming.The self-depreciating 23-year-old book-ended his hour-long performancewith his two Top 20 U.K.

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