Matt and Kim

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By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 17, 2007
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Matt & Kim are Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino, two Brooklyn-based indie-pop believers who on their MySpace page describe their act as “an on-stage pizza party.” This is high self-praise, but it’s a description the duo live up to in their enthusiastic live show, which regularly inspires kids who wear sports-team T-shirts because it’s funny to pump their fists like guys who wear sports-team T-shirts because they like sports. Not unlike a bottled Frappuccino, Matt & Kim’s homonymous debut is better than no Matt & Kim at all, but it pales next to seeing the band in their true element (a steamy basement with enough oxygen for 10 percent of the people present). The problem, believe it or not, is money: capturing the scrappy intensity of the duo’s live attack is virtually impossible without the sort of  
Matt & Kim, "Yea Yeah" (mp3)
high-end studio magic that’s prohibitively expensive for a DIY band like Matt & Kim. They sound like a thin(ner) and feeble(r) version of Mates of State here, but they’re not. Go see ’em play and find out for yourself.

Matt & Kim + Magic People + Howarewehawaii? | Middle East upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge | July 19 | 617.864.EAST

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