Urban Wild Cards Matt & Kim Crash San Diego

The Brooklyn duo play the House of Blues with Le Blorr and the Thermals.

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The New York duo Matt & Kim played the House of Blues on June 16 with help from opening acts Le Blorr and the Thermals.
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Keyboardist Matt Johnson and drummer Kin Schifino formed their eponymous group in 2004 after meeting as students at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
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Both musicians contribute to the vocals of their high-energy pop-punk songs. Their newest album, "Sidewalks," was released in November 2010.
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According to their Facebook bio, before creating the band, Johnson and Schifino had never touched the keyboard or drums -- instruments they now play in songs like "Cameras," which jumped to No. 14 spot on the iTunes Alternative Chart within one hour of its release.
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Johnson and Schifino both graduated with art degrees and manage all the visual elements of their band. Johnson develops the look and feel of the music videos, while Schifino designs the album covers.
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Matt & Kim's free-spirited urban style is illustrated in their new music video for "Block after Block," in which they hold impromptu concerts all over the New York City streets and subway system.
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The duo's 2011 Sidewalks tour brought them to San Diego's House of Blues. They then moved eastward toward their native New York.
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The Thermals, from Portland, opened for Matt & Kim at the House of Blues show.
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Kathy Foster plays bass, Jordan Hudson is on drums, and Ben Barnett is the band's guitarist.
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The groups debut album, "More Parts Per Million," was produced by Death Cab for Cutie stars Ben Gibbard and Chris Walla.
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Opening act Le Blorr set the stage for the Thermals and Matt & Kim.
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The band's name is an acronym standing for "Bastard Lovechild of Rock & Roll."
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Le Blorr is the psychedelic-rock creation of guitarist/keyboardist Chris Hess and drummer/harpist Adam Winn.
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