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French electro duo Kap Bambino rocked the house at The Studio at Webster Hall Saturday night.

With her punk fashion sense on full display, singer Caroline Martial charged onstage wearing a 2Pac T-shirt over a dainty floral print dress with a short leather jacket and ripped tights. The jacket was off after the first two songs, and T-shirt a few later, as she ignited the room, dancing madly while singing and shouting in very French-accented English.

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With many cool moves in her arsenal, from whirling dervish to air guitar strumming and punk antics – including pouring beer over her head, Martial was electrifying, appearing at times to be in a trance. The pace of her dancing was just as frenetic as the music — fast, hard-driving beats paired with wicked synths, at times recalling Devo and the Sex Pistols. Beatmaster Orion Bouvier was equally intense behind the synth deck.

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Songs included “Batcaves” and “Red Sign,” both from the new album Blacklist, due for release in early 2010 (an earlier version of it is currently available as a digital download on iTunes). The show ended with “Bluescreen,” which got faster and faster before abruptly ending, with Martial’s dancing keeping up the pace.

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The warm-up act for the night was, fittingly, Brooklyn-based band, Sleigh Bells. Also a duo – Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller — the band offered up catchy songs with bold, electronic hip-hop beats, a heavy, vibrating bass and some rocking guitar with Krauss’ sassy vocals. In an audience that included headbangers (at least one wearing a Metallica T-shirt) with lots of pumping fists in the air, there were some very enthusiastic fans, a few who were literally screaming out the lyrics on “Infinity Guitars” and “Ring Ring,” much to the delight of this fast-rising pair.

–Teresa Sampson, Photos by Tear-n Tan

 
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