It’s hard not to smile and enjoy yourself at a Matt & Kim show, especially when the pair seems to be as excited playing for you as you are hearing their hyper pop. Sharing songs from the recently released Lightning and mixing in hip-hop snippets with their past hits, Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino were ready to party and so was everyone else in the Pageant.
Brad Oberhofer took the route of naming his band after himself, but after watching their opening set, it was apparent that the young moppy haired frontman definitely lives up to the attention. Bouncing around the stage, the singer left mid-set with his guitar scurry around the venue and back into the pit with the crowd hoisting him back onto the stage. (It cracked me up to see Brad do his trademark heel-twirl every time he had to turn during his journey.) I’ve missed both of Oberhofer’s previous trips through town (both hosted by The Luminary Arts) and kind of kick myself for doing so now.
This was my third time seeing Matt & Kim, and on a macro level, not much has changed besides the size of the stage and the huge video screen this time around. But that’s really the nature of the band: Kim beating the crap out of the drums + Matt jumping up and down from his keyboard seat + smiles all around. The simple formula works and there’s no need to complicate it further. (There has to be some parallel drawn with the duo’s affinity for basic Budweiser.) I haven’t let a Matt & Kim show without a huge stupid grin on my face yet.
Photo Notes: The lighting for Oberhofer was pretty brutal with dim reds and limited lights finally making an appearance towards the end. As for Matt & Kim, I’ll admit that I’m not as in love with this set compared to last year. Sometimes having a variety of lenses in tow can backfire and I found my 14-24mm and 80mm always on at the wrong times. No biggie, that’s just how it goes sometimes.
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