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Matt and Kim @ Make Music Pasadena

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Posted by shore On June - 20 - 2010

Kim Schifino of Matt & Kim was all smiles at Pitchfork 2009

@AndyShore There are several different reasons to see a band more than one time. You will never see the same show twice with improvisational bands like Phish and Umphrey’s McGee. Other times, the musicians are so good, it is worth catching them live every time. I would put any band with Tom Morello, Jack White and Dave Grohl in that group. Sometimes, the band will play the same set, the same exact way, every time, and they’re still worth seeing every time. That’s probably the rarest kind. Matt & Kim fall into this last category.

I cannot think of many bands that bring as much energy to each and every set as Matt & Kim. From the moment they take the stage they’ve got the energy levels through the roof. They walk out, walk on and over their equipment and stand on top of their stools to get a good look at the crowd. Their smiles stretch from ear to ear and don’t fade the whole set. Matt tells us he loves the us every time, and makes it feel sincere. They make you feel like you’re the best crowd they’ve ever played for, even if it’s just a street fair in Pasadena.

The banter is always comical. Discussions of nudity prompted a streaker at Coachella. Matt told us yesterday that the man who streaked is now a registered sex offender in the state of California. Ouch. A cautionary tale. He also noted that Kim was selling hot dogs for free on stage, in reference to the fly on her pants being broken. Perhaps the part of the set that amused me most was when the duo tossed out handfuls of balloons. Matt wanted to give everyone a moment to blow them up, so Kim came to the front of the stage for a little dance party. It didn’t matter that the wind defeated the effect they were going for. Everyone had a good time with the balloons for the first four seconds of the song anyways.

I haven’t mentioned any of the song titles yet, because the set list is always the same. Matt & Kim always tear through it with such reckless abandon and insane amounts of energy that the live versions always play like they’ve turned up the RPMs on the turntable a bit. They went through the set so fast yesterday evening, that Matt decided to add in a song I hadn’t heard before. He even had to apologize to Kim for throwing an unrehearsed song her way, when he realized they only had one and a half songs remaining. The half a song, of course, was “The Final Countdown.” They always end with that into “Daylight.” Other covers and teases usually include “Apache” and “Do You Think You’re Better Off Alone.” Fun stuff. Good times. Go see Matt & Kim.

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