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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Kid A makes her own beats

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Jazz music was always playing in the house where Ann DePanda Thweatt grew up.

The 3-year-old Thweatt would sit in her grandfather's lap and listen to the Miles Davis records he played. But as she grew up, she heard and fell in love with other music -- Jesus and Mary Chain, Bauhaus, Ol' Dirty Bastard.

These days Thweatt, aka Kid A, mixes a lot of those elements together into her own original music, which frames her gorgeous voice. The 20-year-old Hollins University film major said she fell into singing by accident.

"My mom told me ... when I was little, I used to sing in the back of the car and kind of improvise to the songs on the radio," Thweatt said. "I probably didn't start singing live [in shows] until probably my sophomore year of high school [in Chesapeake]. Because I was in a band, and nobody else really wanted to sing."

After high school graduation, her band members went their separate ways. So Thweatt decided to make her own beats and post new songs on her MySpace page. When she came to Hollins, "things started to really pick up," she said. Since then, she has opened shows for Girl Talk and Cool Kids.

On Friday, Kid A performs at the Roanoke Libraries' Emerging Artists Series, in an event that marks the beginning of the Marginal Arts Festival. Turbo P will accompany her on turntables. The Bastards of Fate share the bill.

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-- Tad Dickens

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