The line-up for next week’s Do Something! Awards just keeps getting better, with Flo Rida and fun. already set to perform, and now news that the precocious Kids These Days will be jamming as the Do Something! Awards house band. This up-and-coming band has already showcased their talent on stage at Lollapalooza and SXSW, as well as at the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and on Conan, winning over audiences all along the way with their high energy live show and their genre-blending. In short, they’re a band that seems wise beyond their oldest member’s 21-years. So, if you are just now being introduced to this Chicago-based crew, you are in for a treat.
The 7-piece set got their start in 2009, jamming in their parents houses and studying improvisation and jazz at the Merit School of Music in the West Loop. Among their ranks they count a trombonist and a rapper alike, and together over the years they have forged a sound that pulls from fun and jazz and hip hop, because they are as much a band that raps as a hip-hop set that plays their own instruments. And what’s more, they’ve got fellow Chi-Towner and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy is on board to produce their next project, Traphouse Rock, which is due out in September.
A true sign of their talents is their go at Kanye West‘s “Flashing Lights.” They reworked the Graduation cut with their own instrumentation, took the tempo down and rewrote the lyrics to tell a new story. Have a listen above, and then mark your calenders so that you won’t miss them at the Do Something! Awards on Tuesday, August 21 at 9 PM ET.
[Photo: Kids These Days / Facebook]