Concert Preview: Matt and Kim @ House of Blues, 11.4.10

by Runyon Colie (Computer Science/Journalism), published November 1st 2010

photos by Bryan Berlin (Media Studies)

Brooklyn indie power duo Matt and Kim are coming to Boston’s House of Blues on Thursday, November 4th, boasting three albums worth of infectious sing-along choruses and contagious dance floor beats. The two piece, made up of vocalist Matt Johnson on keyboards and Kim Schifino on drums, has been producing excellent and exciting dance rock since their beginning in 2004. Now fans in the Boston area have a chance to check out one of the last shows of their 2010 tour in support of their latest material, the highly anticipated Sidewalks.

2006′s self-titled debut, last year’s Grand, and Sidewalks (which is set for release only two days before the Boston show) have gained the pair a devout following of listeners, spurred on by the success of single ‘€œDaylight’€, a highlight and example of their distinct, carefree style. However, it is their passionate live performances, highlighted by Kim’s enthusiastic drumming, that have brought the band the majority of their accolades. With driving drum beats and a variety of entertaining effects from Matt’s keyboards to go along with his charming vocals, the band’s music is fast-paced and invigorating.

Opening for Matt and Kim are two more bands made up of only two primary members, but the similarities end there. Javelin is a dance duo, far more electronic than Matt and Kim and, from the sound of their studio work, are poised to get the entire crowd moving. Fletcher C. Johnson is a man and his two part touring band, creators of beautiful modern indie rock reminiscent of the Tallest Man on the Earth if he had an electric guitar and drum set (polarizing voice and all). Both openers are exciting newcomers who are crafting music in entirely different ways.

Matt and Kim are the evening’s deserved headliners though, and thus they are be the ultimate factor in anticipation for the evening ‘€“ and if you’re a fan of dance rock, your anticipation should be palpable. For connoisseurs of one of the most carefree, exciting bands around, the show should hold can’t miss status.

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