At the risk of coming off as a fanboy, I feel the need to gush over Matt and Kim some more. With the release of Sidewalks, I have had a few people tell me that – try as they might – they could not get into the band’s sound. The voice, the beats, the repetitions, etc. To those people I have a plea: go see the Brooklyn duo live, you won’t leave disappointed no matter what you think of the album version of Matt and Kim.
In a day where live performances matter more than ever, Matt and Kim seem to have perfected the art of putting on a show. Simply put, they are just plain excited. Matt and Kim are excited to have fans, excited to perform, they are excited merely to exist. All of this enthusiasm rubs off on the audience. Just try keeping your hands at your side during their show; I double dog dare you. In fact as I was looking up youtube videos I got a bit sad. It’s not that I deluded myself into thinking that Matt and Kim only got pumped up for their Boston show. But they connected so well with the fans, brought so much energy and good will to their act, that the whole thing felt deeply personal; as if they played for me and only me. Oh…and they had balloons, lots of them.