Brooklyn duo Matt & Kim played Terminal 5 on Thursday night in support of Lightning, their fourth LP. It was only their second NYC show of the year, so it was a homecoming celebration of sorts.
Noisey super-friends Oberhofer opened the show. "WE LIVE HERE!" an enthusiastic Brad Oberhofer shouted to the audience. At one point, Brad asked a very compliant crowd to hug someone else. See? New York isn't such a cold and heartless place.
I've seen Oberhofer four or five times this year, and there's definitely one thing I can say for certain: whether it's the back of a tea House in Williamsburg or the biggest stage at Lollapalooza, the band always brings it. I'm a big fan of these guys and looking forward to the new album.
Speaking of bringing it, so did Matt & Kim. Their energy and enthusiasm are boundless. They totally know how throw a party. While their newest album hasn't been getting the best critical response, it's clear that the songs were tailor-made for their live show and work much better in front of an audience. Take, for example, "Now." In my headphones, the track's chorus is a little repetitive. But in a live environment, the crowd chanting along and raising their hands in the air—I totally get it.
And, as with many of their shows, the band works with local animal shelters at stops along their tour and took a moment to plead with the crowd that if they were going to bring a pet into their homes, they should adopt from a shelter. There was even a raffle to win an autographed drum head from the band with proceeds going to the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC) in Williamsburg.
Starting in February, Matt & Kim will be embarking on a North American tour with Passion Pit, which includes a gig at Madison Square Garden. I'm sure will be one of the biggest parties of the year.