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River Rocks
July 9, 2009

Reviewed by Joshua Williams
Photographed by Amy Davidson

Opposite Photo:
Team Robespierre

On July 9, we checked out River Rocks first Pier 54 show of the summer. The line up consisted of Team Robespierre, Flosstradamus, and Matt and Kim. I thought it was a good location for live music. However, I was a fool for not bringing any cash. All those beers looked damned tasty and no ATM in sight.

Team Robespierre

Team Robespierre delivered an excellent set of old school hardcore mixed with simple synths and sing alongs, and it was delivered with a sense of playfulness that it warmed my old cold heart. They even did a Youth Brigade cover. Who covers Youth Brigade? Awesome.


Then we had to listen to Flosstradamus. How in the hell did these guys convince themselves onto the stage? A two-man DJ team, they will be available for weddings and bar mitzvahs as soon as they realize that’s the extent of their talent. I even asked myself at one point during their set when the electric slide was going to start. Their selections were not very interesting, and I saw nothing worth noting. But what do I know, the crowd almost brought down the barricades, and even the security guards were dancing.

Kim of Matt and Kim
Matt of Matt and Kim

Matt and Kim came out to close the show. And by now the pier was packed close to capacity. It seemed like they were a bit overwhelmed and surprised with their reception. Hell, it was almost like a homecoming coronation. I’m not sure where these two found each other, but it’s an excellent mix. Their presence on stage is great, and they transmit an infectious exuberance that quickly contagions the crowd. There’s a lot you can do with just a drums and synths, and Matt and Kim explore the hell out of that combo. And who doesn’t love Kim’s constant smile?

Team Robespierre

Team Robespierre

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