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The Stepkids Open for Kimbra, Are Eaten by Aliens in ‘Sweet Salvation’ Video

Stones Throw's psychedelic soul band gets really high

Though the Stepkids have been coasting just beneath radar for the past couple of years, that may change soon. We liked their self-titled 201 LP enough to include the Stones Throw-signed psychedelic soulsters in our year-end R&B roundup, and it appears that New Zealand pop ingenue Kimbra took note as well. The harmonically buff trio are on the road opening for Gotye’s girl right now, and they’ve got a well-timed new music video to go with. The playful clip for “Sweet Salvation” finds the fellas piloting a larva-powered spaceship through the cosmos when something goes wrong. They crash on a foreign planet only to be greeted by a gang of fantastical puppet aliens whose intentions are unclear. That’s when things get messy. Jesse Mann directs this H.R. Pufnstuf’ed video with assistance from the creature-making gurus at Big Nazo.

The Stepkids 2012 tour dates:
Oct 16 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater +
Oct 17 Chicago, IL – Metro +
Oct 19 New York, NY – Webster Hall +
Oct 20 New York, NY – Webster Hall +
Oct 21 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts +
Oct 23 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club +
Oct 24 Boston, MA – Royale +
Oct 26 Montreal, QU – Corona Theatre +
Oct 27 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall +
Oct 28 Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel
Nov 09 Bethlehem, PA – SteelJam Festival
Dec 01 Hamden, CT – Outer Space

+ with Kimbra