Posted in music | pictures on January 27, 2009

photos by Zach Stern

Matt & Kim
Matt & Kim

Few descriptions can activate the force fields of cutesy-indie-rock skeptics faster than "twee," "Brooklyn," and "coed duo." And those skeptics are probably gonna want to sit out the second effort from twee, Brooklyn, coed duo Matt & Kim. But if you've spent time sitting outside an all-ages rock club or haunting a vegan video game cafe, or wherever it is kids congregate nowadays, this cavalcade of minimalist organ and drum pop that flits and twits between skewed, sugar rush abandon ("Daylight") and romantic, robotic chanting ("I'll Take Us Home") will read like blueprints for kicking back in the city. Heaving strings on the climax of the hurtling "Cutdown" only add to the cinematic, indie-kids-on-the-loose feel. But for the most part the album is a galloping goof, with vocalist and keyboard player Matt Johnson hamming his way through a series of rousing blog-pop gems. With more traditional rock instrumentation, tracks like "I Wanna" might come off as punk rock, but as is, it sounds like they're having too much fun for any sort of angst to bleed through. [Boston Globe]
Matt & Kim celebrated the release of their new Fader-label record at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Thursday night with three "special guest" openers that did in fact include Spank Rock who did actually show up. More pictures from the show below...

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Matt & Kim's next NYC show is at Terminal 5 which is part of their tour with Cut Copy.

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Comments (35)

Great photos... but someone had to snap a shot of Kim's equalizer shirt that actually lit up! Anyone? Twas the hotness.

If you've seen a more fun show than these two you can likely afford really, really good illegal substances.

Posted by Tito | January 27, 2009 10:39 AM

what do you know, Naeem showed up to something. how good of him.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 10:40 AM

that looks like a lot of fun.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 10:49 AM

Did Spankrock do the same songs again or a variation on the same songs he's/they've been peddling for the last three years? TIRED! Next trend in line please go...

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 11:12 AM

Tina Fey?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 11:13 AM

there's not a pixel of this that isn't embarrassing

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 11:14 AM

rude mechanical orchestra are really irritating. especially that guy with the pigtails.

spank rock did new songs.

Posted by wembley | January 27, 2009 11:28 AM

"blog-pop"??? ok, kill me now.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 11:33 AM

Jesus fucking christ this looks lame.. Just looking at pics gave me an ulcer.

Posted by Brussel Sprout | January 27, 2009 11:35 AM

let these people have their fun.

they look a lot more laid back than any of you haters sound.

I'm not the biggest M&K fan, but they clearly still make these poeple really happy.

What do you care?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 11:46 AM

Is it a sell out for Matt and Kim to play a Bowery Venue?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 11:53 AM

you must be a bitter sad person to hate on Rude Mechanical Orchestra.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 11:54 AM

If the gal in the gold top could give me a holla, that’d really make my day. Thx.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 12:05 PM

no, there's nothing offensive about playing a Bowery venue, or any venue.

putting a mountain dew logo on their posters, handing out Scion car brochures at their merchandise table and officially driving Scions on their tour, playing promotional parties for wineries and car model launches, appearing in multi page magazine spreads for shoe companies... these are all cheap, offensive, "selling out" things to do.

especially when you consider that their superfans are really young and idealistic and they talk about "diy" in interviews and on stage.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 12:07 PM

can we all just agree Mates of State is better?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 12:20 PM

"Did Spankrock do the same songs again or a variation on the same songs he's/they've been peddling for the last three years? TIRED! Next trend in line please go..."

this comment is kind of funny in its ignorance because he played 2 songs both of them brand new (one which he didn't even remember the words to) and then he left the stage.

it wasn't a "spank rock" show by any means. It was just him and DJ Mac Book.

The new songs were good, but I wish the set had been a bit longer.

Also, Tully from Ninja Sonik didn't make it because he was in jail apparently.

Posted by eric p | January 27, 2009 12:20 PM

what happens when M&K are all old and cant jump up and down and into the crowd?

Posted by freddie mercury | January 27, 2009 12:26 PM

Why did this feel like a nostalgia act show?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 12:38 PM

That show was the SHIT. So good.

Posted by Max Silvestri | January 27, 2009 1:01 PM

two chords, three words, and a lot of smiles=annoying as fuck


Like Barney but for 20 somethings

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 1:06 PM

I wasn't hating on Rude Mechanical Orchestra... I said they were irritating... which they were.

I thought it was fun over the summer when they played some songs WITH Matt & Kim... but to do a never-ending opening set. It was a little much. And very sloppy, at that.

Ninjasonik were awesome though. Even without Tully. Those guys are hilarious.

Posted by wembley | January 27, 2009 1:09 PM

the marker on the chest thing was a lost bet or forced humiliation, right?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 1:14 PM

There are two guys with no shirt and matt and kim written on their chest.


I dont' really know what to feel about these pictures.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 1:19 PM

I don;t agree with you 1:06, but well put

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 1:32 PM

Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen are both great and the world is certainly big enough for both of them. I had no idea there was even a competition between those two.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 3:18 PM

We posted a great M&K live track on our blog today:

http://www.thesoundofindie.com/?p=1070

Posted by Kevin | January 27, 2009 3:24 PM

man, i want to get a t-shirt with brooklyn printed on it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 4:13 PM

I love the picture of the dude who looks like he's about to jizz his pants.

cracks me up. OH GAWD, MATT AND KIM!!!! AHHHHHH

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 4:32 PM

>forced humiliation

Yes. If you saw their backs, it said "I steak forks from restaurants."

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 4:33 PM

Is this satire or a real band with real fans? If it is satire then it is moderately funny, if it is a real band and these are the real fans, then it is frightening. At least everybody looks like they are having fun so I guess that is good and who am I to judge, but it is hard not to pass judgment on the dork with his shirt off and Matt and Kim painted on his pasty chest. So, it is satire then, right?

Posted by SeeYouInTea | January 27, 2009 4:56 PM

the majority of the people in these pictures i want to punch in the face.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 6:16 PM

How much do you want to bet the the whiner Anon 12:07 is also downloading Matt & Kim's new album for free from some bitorrent site? There's so much hypocrisy with everyone stealing musician's music and then giving them crap when they take sponsorship that allows them to release their music as a free download (aka: you're going to steal it anyway, so we'll save you the trouble). The music industry is changing kids, you gotta catch up with the times...

Posted by Anon | January 27, 2009 11:19 PM

Joe Ahearn!

Mike O'Neill crowdsurfing!

Why didn't Todd P. book a Matt & Kim show while they were still in town so I could see them on the floor, like they're supposed to be?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2009 11:39 PM

haters, you're all haters

Posted by anon | January 28, 2009 1:19 PM

I agree with anon 1/28/09 1:19 p.m Why is everyone so pissed? Someone actually wants to punch "the majority of these people" in the face...just for being at a Matt & Kim show? Seems a little extreme. You don't have to like it. Just chill the hell out. Let these people enjoy themselves - why do you have to hate?

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 2:51 PM

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