Monday, September 19, 2011

Chicago Tribune: Kids These Days growing up fast and on tour

When Kids These Days debuted in July 2009, at a West Side club, the first song they played was an expansive cover of James Brown's "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World." The Kids — eight of them at the time — were all of 15 or 16 when they performed the song, a soul classic from an era long before any of them were born. But the group turned it into an attention-grabbing opening statement of its versatility and range: Liam Cunningham's gutsy, blues-drenched vocals; a rap interlude from Vic Mensa; a segue into a snippet of George Gershwin's "Summertime" sung with sultry conviction by keyboardist Macie Stewart. The horns of J.P. Floyd, Nico Segal and Rajiv Halim darted and danced over the agile rhythms of bassist Lane Beckstrom and drummer Greg Landfair. It was a dusty slice of history given new life by musicians mature beyond their years.
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