Concert Review: Kid Sister at Klutch, January 1

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Photo by Anthony Verrilli
Kid Sister performing at the Delano Hotel during Art Basel.
Kid Sister
Friday, January 1, 2009
Klutch, Miami Beach


Better Than: Electro-rap posers like Kesha.

Here I thought LMFAO was the worst thing to happen to hipster-hop, but then came Feminem songstress Kesha. Coing to the industry's attention when she sang on Miami hip-hop artist Flo Rida's hit single "Right Round," she seemed rather harmless then. But then came that insufferable song "TiK ToK," which rips Uffie's style completely and takes the party-rap genre to new lows.

Then there is Kid Sister. Somebody who seems she should have made it big long time ago. But instead of pairing up with sure-fire hitmakers, she depends on underground producers and DJs who are more comfortable making house music than pop hits. Flosstradamus, A-Trak, XXXchange, Rusko and Sinden have all helped her become queen of the dance scene. Can they make her a household name? Probably not, but who cares. This is what separates her from the LMFAOs and Keshas of the world.

Kid Sister reemerged in Miami Friday night at Klutch, located in the former Prive space, barely a month after she performed at the Delano during Art Basel. If you witnessed her earlier performance, it was pretty much a carbon copy down to the wardrobe. Still, her material off her debut album Ultraviolet sounds fresh as ever.

Starting out with her current single "Right Hand Hi," Kid Sister didn't let the fact that the venue wasn't as packed as it could have been -- which is not her fault, all of South Beach was barren thanks to the post New Year's hangover. The track is good but doesn't necessarily have the strong hooks featured in previous singles like "Pro Nails" or "Control," both performed live as well. Other tracks like "54321," "Get Fresh," "Switchboard," "Let Me Bang," and her Jungle Brothers cover of "I'll House You" all show why dance music fans have a special place in their heart for her.

Critic's Notebook

Personal Bias: I've followed Kid Sister basically through out her entire career.

Random Detail: I didn't spend much time at the venue when it was Prive, so I'm still on the fence whether I like Klutch.

By The Way: If you missed Kid Sister this time around, I wouldn't be surprised if she's back in town during Winter Music Conference or even on the Ultra lineup itself.


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