Matt and Kim coming to the Ritz Ybor in Tampa
This week's edition of the Relentlessly Positive Rock 'n' Roll Energy Power Rankings looks like this:
4. Foxy Shazam
2. Andrew W.K.
1. Matt and Kim
Why do Matt and Kim get the nod over Andrew W.K. this week? Because they're coming to the Ritz Ybor, and we're homers. Sue us.
The unabashedly gleeful, insanely energetic Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino, whose effervescent piano-pop singles include Daylight and Sidewalks, are returning to Tampa Bay on Oct. 17 for a concert at the Ritz. Tickets are $22, and if you're having a bummer of a week, it'll be the best $22 you ever spent. Get 'em on Friday.
Here's what we wrote when we saw Matt and Kim at last fall's DeLuna Fest in Pensacola Beach:
Matt and Kim were so furiously into the music they kept shaking the stage – SHAKING THE STAGE, PEOPLE – and stagehands had to keep running out to fix their mic stands and drum kit. All the while, Matt and Kim were asking the audience to play along in their reindeer games. First Kim threw dozens of flaccid balloons into the crowd and asked the crowd to blow them up and bat them around, which they did. Then she wanted them to take off their shirts and whip them around like Willow Smith’s hair, and they did that too. Then she wanted to walk on the crowd, so she hopped down and started surfing on fans’ hands. If Matt and Kim started a cult, I’m not saying I’d join, but I’d certainly leaf through a pamphlet.
Trust us: This'll be a fun one.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*