There are intimate performances and there are intimate performers. You'll get a little of both if you head to the Newport to see Mates of State, a husband-and-wife duo who sing catchy pop tunes about the secret lives and inner thoughts within relationships.

There are intimate performances and there are intimate performers. You’ll get a little of both if you head to the Newport to see Mates of State, a husband-and-wife duo who sing catchy pop tunes about the secret lives and inner thoughts within relationships.

Together, Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel make a big sound with just an organ, a drum set and their voices, which weave effortlessly in and out of the other’s space.

There is an overwhelming feeling of coziness at a Mates of State live performance. Gardner and Hammel banter comfortably on stage between songs that they’ve presumably written about each other. You may not be in their living room, but they’ll make you feel right at home.