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Matt and Kim

Matt and Kim are an American indie dance duo from Brooklyn, New York that consists of keyboardist/vocalist Matt Johnson and drummer Kim Schifino.

The two came together in 2004 while attending the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and sessions for their debut album began two years later after a spring tour with “Meneguar.”  Featuring vocals from both members, the self-titled album was released by the I Heart Comix label in fall 2006.  Shortly after, the duo performed at multiple festivals throughout 2007 including Lollapalooza and the Siren Music Festival.

The group continued to tour for a couple more years after until they briefly took a break to record more material for their sophomore album, “Grand,” which was released in early 2009 on their new label Fader and cracked the Billboard 200 at number 165.

The album, “Sidewalks,” followed a year later and, thanks to the help of a video that saw the duo strip down to their birthday suits in the streets of New York City, charted much higher on the Billboard Charts to 30.

The groups fourth album, “Lightning,” was self-produced by the duo and was released in November 2012.  A year later, the duo released an album of remixes from “Lightning,” titled, “Lightning Remixes.”

On January 13, 2015, the group released the single “Get It” off of their upcoming album “New Glow” which is slated to be released on April 7, 2015.  The new single, received mixed reviews from fans because it moves away from Matt and Kim’s DIY style of sound.

I personally enjoyed the new single and welcome Matt and Kim’s continued musical experimentation.  Matt and Kim started off in relative obscurity and through the years, have worked hard to garner immense popularity.  Many times, they are the driving force for festivals simply because they will be performing there.  I have also heard that their live shows are not something to miss.

Give Matt and Kim a listen below and see why this duo has become a dominant force within the indie music scene.

Sources: Info: Spotify, Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube – Picture: Google Images

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Oberhofer, an indie-dance-punk-noise-pop band that formed in 2008 out of Brooklyn, New York, creates a unique and experimental blend of music.  Originally starting as a recording project for the band’s frontman, Brad Oberhofer, while attending New York University, by 2010, Oberhofer self-released his first single, “o0Oo0O0o.”  Shortly after, Oberhofer was asked to go on tour with similar minded bands such as “Sleigh Bells,” “Neon Indian” and “The Morning Benders.”  

After hitting the road for a year, Oberhofer released the singles “Away Frm U” and “I Could Go” in 2011.  The two singles brought the attention of the independent label White Iris Records who released the band’s next single “Gotta Go/Mahwun” in the summer of 2011.  Soon after, Oberhofer signed with Glassnote Records to release their debut album, “Time Capsules II,” in 2012.  Stereogum ranked the band as the No. 39 most anticipated album of 2012.

The band has been touring extensively since the release of “Time Capsules II” and have performed at many music festivals, most notably, the Coachella Music Festival.  Oberhoffer blends many different musical genres together and combines kitchen-sink instrumentation with playful lyrics.  Oberhofer offers eccentric indie pop to to a world where even indie music, at times, has begun to sound to similar to one another.

Check out some of Oberhofer’s biggest hits below and keep an eye out for them on the indie circuit.

 

Sources: Videos: YouTube – Info: Wikipedia – Picture: Google Images