Indie pop duo Matt and Kim have released another song, “Now” from their upcoming release Lightning, coming out on October 2nd. In support of their new album, the band are coming to Philly for a show at the Electric Factory on October 7th. For tickets and more information click here; listen to the single below. Listen to the song below and download it for free from Matt and Kim’s Facebook page.
Matt And Kim
Matt And Kim have announced their Fall tour dates that including a stop at the Electric Factory on Sunday, October 7th. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, August 4th with a pre-sale on Thursday. Go here for more information. Below, listen to “Let’s Go,” from Matt And Kim’s forthcoming album, Lightning.
Matt And Kim sit comfortably atop the heap of indie-pop duos. Unlike other pairs, such as Yacht and Philly’s own Reading Rainbow, the finesse with which they so easily pull off their preferred DIY production model has given the Brooklyn-based pair a distinct advantage. Matt Johnson, with his spastic yelps and punchy keyboard, paired with Kim Schifino’s incorrigibly dancy kick drums and other raucous synth percussion, make for the simple, catchy, frenetic magic. Since 2006, the duo’s style hasn’t changed much, which may not make music critics happy, but certainly keeps concert-goers happy. After their third recording, Sidewalks, was released in November of 2010, their most popular tracks continue to be the most perky and energetic—all the better for a sweaty, dance-your-heart-out good time. Even more reverent tracks, with slightly more cerebral and introspective lyrics (like “Spare Change”), are just jerky and bouncy enough in the same set as favorites like “Daylight” and “Cameras,” their most recent single off of Sidewalks. Matt And Kim perform with Reptar and The Hood Internet at 8 p.m. at The Trocadero; tickets to the all-ages show are SOLD OUT. —Danielle Wayda
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22
Making Time returns to Voyeur, and Dave P is bringing a few friends with him: Brooklyn-based indie-pop quartet The Drums and West Palm Beach, Florida’s Surfer Blood. Meanwhile, local garage-rock quartet The Spooks will perform in the venue’s Ruby Lounge basement with the RockTits DJs. And, to top it off, Dave P will also be putting together a Making Time RADio local-band mix for us over here at The Key. All of which means Philadelphia’s raddest hyper-rad dance party just got significantly more radically radical. Rad! The Drums perform with Surfer Blood at 9 p.m. at Voyeur; tickets to the 21+ show are $15.
Also playing: Guster + Eli “Paperboy” Reed at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., all ages, $28); Rocky Votolato + Ha Ha Tonka, P.J. Bond at M Room (9 p.m., 21+, $12); Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit + Langhorne Slim, Jesse Sykes And Phil Wandscher, Mimicking Birds at North Star Bar (8 p.m., 21+, $18)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23
How do we feel about Phoenix‘s now-ubiquitous single “1901″ from last year’s critically acclaimed Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix? Well, we love its beautiful, stripped-down simplicity—quite possibly the band’s crowning songwriting achievement to date. (One that took the French quartet 14 years—and three previous albums—to create.) And we always get a kick out of the way that Thomas Mars’ charmingly imperfect voice cracks when he sings “Eighteen fifty-five, nineteen ooHHH-one” halfway through the song. But, more than anything else, it really makes us want to buy a brand-new Cadillac SRX. After all, why listen to Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix on your 1995 Volkswagon Jetta’s crappy tape deck when you could do so in style, driving the world’s only true luxury crossover SUV (modestly priced at $34,155)? Well, other than that whole safety recall thing. Phoenix performs with Jenny And Johnny and Wavves at 8 p.m. at the Tower Theater; tickets are $45.
Also playing: The Walkmen + Japandroids, Blood Feathers at The Trocadero (9 p.m., all ages, $21); The Felice Brothers + Adam Haworth Stephens at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, SOLD OUT)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24
Has it really been 10 years since Erin McKeown released her breakthrough sophomore album, Distillation? It must be, because her performance at World Cafe Live is billed as part of her “Distillation 10th Anniversary Tour.” Still, it seems like it was just yesterday that people were asking, “Hey, who is this kooky folk-rock singer-songwriter that started her own label and isn’t Ani DiFranco?” Erin has, of course, made her own name for herself since then, releasing an additional four studio albums of unpredictable, genre-jumping music—including last year’s Hundreds Of Lions (which came out, coincidentally, on Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records)—while constantly playing on the road. During this performance, she’ll play Distillation in its entirety, followed by a set of more recent material. Erin McKeown performs at 7:30 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets are $30-$40.
Also playing: Matt And Kim + Donnis at Starlight Ballroom (7:30 p.m., SOLD OUT); Gentleman Jesse And His Men + The Barreracudas, Woman at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., $10)
Zooey Deschanel, “God Bless America,” Phils At Giants NLCS Game 3, 10/19/10 “We felt conflicted about this in about five different ways.” (Philebrity)
Where Is My Mind?: Strand of Oaks’ Timothy Showalter “By now, you may have heard about the tragic story of Timothy Showalter a.k.a. Strand of Oaks losing all his belongings in a fire at the same time his fiancé had decided to leave him, which helped inspire Showalter to write songs for his last album Leave Ruin (La Société Expéditionnaire) with an acoustic guitar on a suburban Philly park bench that he was living on. Well, those days may seem like a distant memory to him now that he lives here in Philly happily married to the love of his life…” (The Deli)
UNIVOX new video for ‘Conan’ Check out UNIVOX’s latest video for “Conan”. The band will be opening for Grimace Federation’s record release show at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday, October 29th along with West Philadelphia Orchestra. (Phrequency)
INTERVIEW: Matt Johnson (Of Matt & Kim) “This coming Sunday, Matt (Johnson) & Kim (Schifino) return to town to play the Starlight Ballroom (a scant few tickets remain), and prior to the show — right after doors open — there’ll be a Sidewalks listening party where you’ll be able to hear the album in its entirety before its November 2nd release. We caught up with Matt to chat a little bit about how the new album came together.” (Make Major Moves)
The Whiz Kid: Marnie Stern “When self-taught guitar impresario Marnie Stern answers her phone, she sounds disoriented, her voice downright froggy. ‘You woke me up!’ she protests, after a hazy greeting. Yeah, world’s smallest violin, Sleeping Beauty, it’s noon on a Tuesday. Fortunately, once Marnie fully regains consciousness, she switches from disoriented and mildly cranky to pleasant and affable, despite the fact that the vestiges of the previous night’s debauchery weigh heavily in her scratchy voice.” (Philly Weekly)