Like many boy-girl duos before them, Matt and Kim come off a bit too cute at first. The Pratt-schooled party-pop practitioners are cut from the same cloth as Mates of State - two unceasingly smiley hipsters hunched over drums and keyboards, harmonizing vigorously for a teeming mass of V-necked, bespectacled youth.

Like many boy-girl duos before them, Matt and Kim come off a bit too cute at first. The Pratt-schooled party-pop practitioners are cut from the same cloth as Mates of State - two unceasingly smiley hipsters hunched over drums and keyboards, harmonizing vigorously for a teeming mass of V-necked, bespectacled youth.

There's also a touch of White Stripes in there, as Matt Johnson's outsized personality and distinctive vocals take center stage, while Kim Schifino keeps a steady beat and quietly exudes sex appeal.

Some will find the whole operation maddeningly sweet, but Matt and Kim are experts at melting away cynicism, particularly at their contagious live shows. Since forming in 2004, the duo has graduated from Brooklyn warehouses to a national club tour in support of sophomore album Grand. Chicago punk rapper Hollywood Holt and local Band to Watch Tin Armor will play too.