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Matt & Kim

M. Bison, the Apple War, Bad Dream Good Breakfast at Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m., $6

Claiming one of the most diabolical villains


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Tonight's Show Suggestions

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Matt & Kim

M. Bison, the Apple War, Bad Dream Good Breakfast at Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m., $6

Claiming one of the most diabolical villains in video game history as

their namesake, this foursome might be mistaken for either drum-heavy

hardcore types in blood-red military garb (and blue-hot fists of

flame), or nostalgic, melodious fellows reminiscent of Ben Folds Five.

Seattle's M. Bison is most definitely the latter, but let's be

honest--both bands sound kick-ass. Officially forming in 2006,

songwriters Jeff Grant and Brian Kinsella, along with brothers Nick and

Chris Jones of Bad Dream Good Breakfast (also performing), began

churning out light, danceable pop with polished vocals, handclaps and

infectious "ooohs" and "ahhhs." Amid a rigorous touring schedule, the

band released their six-song EP Not Bad in 2007. I'm guessing they

don't just play Street Fighter all day. NEIL ESTEP

Matt & Kim, Champagne Champagne at Chop Suey, 8 p.m., $10

After two-plus years of virtually nonstop touring behind their lauded

self-titled 2006 debut, Brooklyn's über-smiley synth-punk duo Matt

& Kim - long-time lovebirds Matt Johnson (vocals/keyboards) and Kim

Schifino (vocals/drums) - return with a new disc, Grand. Though in

spots it's just as spiky and euphoric as their previous offering, the

new disc overall isn't quite as raw and spontaneous; the production is

thicker, there's a decidedly New Wave slant to their melodies and synth

lines (it's very Cure-like), and both the lyrics and the pair's vocal

deliveries seem a touch more somber at times. It's by no means a

disappointment or a downer, but maybe this is just the sound of a sound

growing up. That said, I fully expect Matt & Kim's live show to be

the ecstatic, sweaty, dance-happy smile-fest we've come to know and

love. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG


 
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