Matt and Kim, ‘Grand’ (Fader)
Matt and Kim (their real names) come on like a punked-up Mates of State — a couple so cute that you’d walk away from their frantic live shows feeling mushy, if someone hadn’t just mushed you. But the love songs on their second album are for their home borough of Brooklyn as much as for each other. The tap-dancing keyboards and pounding drums of “Daylight” and “Don’t Slow Down” soundtrack the duo’s reflections on what it’s like to be poor and young in the city, where your fire escape is your backyard and your summer wardrobe is your spring wardrobe plus scissors.
Watch: Matt and Kim, “Daylight”