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Tickets still available for Matt and Kim concert

March 15, 2013

Matt and Kim, the Brooklyn-based indie pop duo best known for their spunky hybrid of indelible songs, an emphatic beat and high-energy live shows, will be the featured act for Loyola University New Orleans’ annual Loup Garou concert April 11.

The concert, sponsored by Loyola’s Student Government Association and University Programming Board, takes place at 8 p.m. at The Howlin’ Wolf, located at 907 S. Peters Street in the Warehouse District. Tickets are still available in the One Loyola Room in the Danna Student Center and are free for seniors, $5 for all others or $10 with a T-shirt. Shuttle transportation to and from the show will be available.

One lucky Loyola student band will have the opportunity to open for Matt and Kim. The winner of the Battle of the Bands competition today at 4 p.m. in the Peace Quad during the University Programming Board’s Third Friday event, will open for the duo. Student band The Naughty Professors were selected last year to open for Fitz and the Tantrums.

Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino started their band in 2004, essentially by accident when they were art students at the prestigious Pratt Institute, where they studied film and illustration, respectively. When Schifino wanted to learn to play drums and Johnson (who had been in bands before) was getting to know a new keyboard, the band was born.

Since then, the band has earned a gold record for the upbeat, stick-in-your-head track “Daylight.” They’ve also played festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, along with international festivals like V in the U.K, Pukkelpop in Belgium, Fuji in Japan, Big Day Out in Australia, Primavera in Spain, Oya in Norway, SWU in Brazil, as well as hundreds of other shows. They have won three MTV awards: a Breakthrough Video Music Award and mtvU Best Video Woodie Award for “Lessons Learned,” as well as a 2011 award for Best Live Band. “Lightning” is the band’s fourth album, following “Sidewalks,” “Grand” and their self-titled debut.

The duo’s live shows are closer to vibrant loft parties than traditional concerts. “I think we’ve managed to continue to make them feel intimate,” Johnson said in a media release. “When we first started playing venues instead of playing on the floor at parties, we tried hard to keep the vibe of ‘we’re all doing this together and having a wild time’ going. The show is not just the two of us: it’s the 3,002 of us, or however big the venue is.”

In the words of Rolling Stone: “Matt and Kim’s reputation as a live act precedes them—and justifiably so. Simply put, they are a two-person dynamo, frantic, tightly wound and full of good cheer. Their performances are as physical as they are musical. … For sheer adrenaline-per-second, no other band comes close.”

For more information, contact Courtney Williams at 504-865-3622.

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