When the Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish, also known as the Cool Kids, popped up on The Recorder’s radar back in the winter of 2007, they had just released their Totally Flossed Out EP and had never played anywhere near Connecticut. A few months later they were the opening act for Wesleyan’s Spring concert and ready to release their now-acclaimed The Bake Sale EP.
What do two twenty-somethings from Chicago have to offer that makes them so popular with no full-length albums recorded? The Cool Kids have pure talent and a flare for throwback rhymes with infectious beats. After getting their name and music out to the public via their MySpace page, tons of people starting seeking out their presence. Pitchfork Media booked the duo to their 2007 Pitchfork Festival and they were also book for performances at the College Music Journal Music Festival in New York City.
With two high profile appearances, the Cool Kids blew up to their current status of the premier indie hip-hop group. Throughout 2008, the Cool Kids continued to tour lightly and start making fans across the country. During 2008, the group also became one of the most popular to mix and mash amongst DJs and mashup artists. Girl Talk, E-603 and The Hood Internet all mixed the Kids’ songs amongst other Top 40 and hip-hop tracks.
This week the Cool Kids are hooking up with Kid Cudi, a Cleveland-based electro-hop artist who has been featured on Kanye West’s Sky High Mixtape as well as his video for the track “Heartbreak.” Their show at Toad’s Place in New Haven starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are going for $30.
It doesn’t look like either act is playing any more shows in the area according to their Web sites, so it’s a no-brainer that heading to the Elm City for this show is a great way to spend a Friday night outside of New Britain. Oh right, get ready to dance too, because this will become a party before you can finish your first drink.
-Edward Gaug, Photo editor: firstname.lastname@example.org