They’re only a drum-keyboard duo, but Matt and Kim can raise a big ruckus.
Thursday night, the duo from Brooklyn (Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino) drew more than 4,000 fans to the Kansas City Live stage in the Power and Light District, most of whom indulged jovially in the duo’s lightweight dance-pop tunes.
Johnson was sporting a broken left hand, which he’d fractured Tuesday at a show in Denver. It didn’t slow him down. Throughout the 75-minute set, he and Schifino stoked the crowd with a cheerleader schtick and other antics, like raining balloons and confetti upon the fans up front.
The set list included newer material, like “Make a Mess” and “Hoodie On” and “Get It,” from the “New Glow” album, released in April, plus favorites like “Overexposed” and “Lessons Learned,” one of several songs that aroused a loud sing-along.
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Their music is formulaic, but it can be relentlessly catchy, propelled by Johnson’s bubbly keyboard riffs and Schifino’s propulsive drum style. She is a kinetic force on stage. Several times she climbed aboard her kick drum and danced. Before their version of Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend,” she danced amid the fans by the stage, then twerked in front of her drum kit. There’s a novelty to it all — their music and their live show — but their fans sure seem to adore it.
Matt and Kim followed a set by Meg Myers, a singer-songwriter from Nashville. She has a powerful voice that resembles Amy Lee’s (of Evanescence), and in her music and stage mannerisms, she flashes a bit of Tori Amos and Alanis Morrissette.
Myers was backed by a rock band that included a cellist, who added some orchestral flair to her dynamic anthems, which get bordeline gothic at times. Myers writes songs about love, relationships and sex, none more salaciously than “Desire,” which drew a loud response. Her set list included “Sorry,” a track from her upcoming full-length, due this summer, plus several songs from her EPs, including “Adelaide” and “Go.”
She followed an opening set by Kitten, a rock band from Los Angeles led by the histrionic Chloe Chaidez, who flails and thrashes through every song, at times accosting her band mates as she does. Their set included covers of David Bowie’s “Heroes” and Prince’s “Purple Rain,” both of which were too true to the originals to be noteworthy or interesting.