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The Cool Kids: Definitely Not That Hot

Photos: They're like paused YouTube videos!Photo: Getty Images


Indie hip-hop duo the Cool Kids doesn’t have an album out, but they've got a few songs on MySpace, a video blowing up YouTube, and enough hype to launch the tour that brought them to Studio B last night. The cool kids in the audience, though, were nonplussed. Understandably — Chuck and Mikey's vocals were largely undecipherable, and the beats they brought much darker and less varied than what you'll hear online. By show's end, the crowd had thinned considerably. They missed the best part: The Kids wrapped things up with “One, Two,” declaring themselves “the new black version of the Beastie Boys” over the backdrop of the Beastie track “Root Down.” We have to wonder — who will declare themselves the new white version of the Cool Kids? —Michael D. Ayers