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Matt and Kim play packed venue in Lawrence

By Sara Humm
On September 28, 2010

Before I first saw them live, I knew I liked them.

After I saw them perform, I knew I had to see them play again.

When I heard they were going to be playing in Lawrence, I got my ticket immediately.

Rock/indie/dance until you can't no mo duo Matt and Kim can pump up a crowd better than most bands I've seen.

Seeing hundreds of bands in the past six years, that is a huge achievement and something I appreciate.

While Matt and Kim were the main event, there were two other bands to warm up the stage for them Thursday night at the Granada Theater. The performers kept the energy high the entire night with the crowd dancing and shouting lyrics.

Opening for the headliner was twosome Utopia Park from Fairfield, Iowa. The brothers, Philip and Dominic Robalais, had an interesting style with one wearing a dress (yes, a dress) that not even my grandma would wear and the other looking like an indie Jonas Brother.

Even though their songs "So Long Silly Rabbit," "Skulls" and "Problem Child" were a different sound, they did manage to get the majority of the crowd to run in a giant circle in the middle of the venue to finish their set, impressive. Their high level of excitement overpowered their awkwardly rare style and it still made for a unique start to the night.

Next up was indie band, The So So Glos from Brooklyn, New York. The group, consisting of three brothers and a friend, took a bit more time to get the crowd pumped, but they got there eventually. With their tunes "Lindy Hop," "New Stance"and "We Got The Days," the band got fans excited for the main event.

Even thought it was raining and gray outside, that didn't suppress my excitement.

I was excited for the show for weeks but I was reminded of how good they are live when they stepped on the stage.

Matt and Kim have a fantastic stage presence. As soon as they hit the stage, they looked ready to have a good time.

Not only can Kim rock a drum set like I've never seen, but her smile is infectious. She literally smiles though the whole set.

With Matt pounding away at the keys and belting out the lyrics, you can help but notice how much fun the two are having.

It is obvious that they are doing what they love.

Kim mentioned that sometimes she is pays too much attention to how much fun the crowd is having that she forgets she is playing the drums.

Rocking out to some of their popular songs "Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare," "Yea Yeah," "Lessons Learned," and "Daylight," they don't stop there.

Matt and Kim are known for taking their music to a new level. Not only do they play their own music, they also like to play other music to jam and dance to. Two of the songs chosen to bust a move to were Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Shimmy Shimmy Yah" and DJ Kool's "Let Me Clear My Throat."

Kim also has a tendency to bust a move, not only when she stands on top of her drum set, but in the crowd also. Kim had fans hold the bottom of her feet while she showed the concert goers her sweet moves.

Even though they are still growing in popularity, they are known for their music video for "Lessons Learned" where they took the New York streets…. naked.

The pair from Brooklyn, New York have been playing together since 2004 and have put out two albums. Their newest tracks, including single "Cameras" can be found on "Sidewalks" that is set to be released Nov. 2.

The fans that showed up when doors opened heard the whole new album; it will be a priority on my list to buy. Matt and Kim also promoted their new album with balloons that littered the floor of the venue. The balloons had the release date information as well as a photo of Matt or Kim's face.

Getting the crowd into their songs and starting a giant dance party is a specialty.

The next time Matt and Kim come to the area, I will once again make sure I am there to join the party.

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