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Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010 7:42 p.m.

Matt & Kim take over the 9:30 Club

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Correction Appended

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Naomi Jean Camacho

Photo taken by Francis Rivera | Hatchet Staff Photographe

From bouncing balloons to booty dancing across the crowd’s hands, the sold-out Matt & Kim concert at the 9:30 Club Friday offered a unique performance that didn’t disappoint.

“Everyone keeps telling me that this is one of the craziest shows they’ve ever seen,” said freshman Paul Organ of the band’s penchant for energetic performances.

Donnis, a rapper from Atlanta, opened for the Brooklyn-based duo and got the crowd pumped for the headlining performance.

“D.C., let’s make some noise! Let’s take it to the next level,” he urged throughout his set.

But it was Matt & Kim’s simple and upbeat rhythms that appealed to all ages – drawing tweens, high schoolers, college students, parents and even a few grandparents to the performance.

To start off what Matt called their very own “Friday night dance party,” the band entered with a definite crowd-pleaser, “Good Ol’ Fashion Nightmare,” from their 2009 album “Grand.”

“Yea Yeah” from their 2006 self-titled debut album was also a highlight of the night, garnering applause and lots of head banging from the audience.

“D.C. is going by so fast,” cried Matt during the performance. “I wish we could play all god-damned night!”

To introduce their last and most well-known songs, “Daylight,” Matt shared that he’d had fans tell him that the song helped them get out of bed in the morning.

Matt cried, “To anyone here who had a bad day…take these next 3 and a half minutes to let it go!”

The band, which has been touring the country since mid-September for the release of their third album, “Sidewalks,” which comes out Nov. 2.

This article was updated on Oct. 24, 2010 to reflect the following:

The Hatchet incorrectly reported that Matt & Kim had performed the song “Cameras.” An audience member said the band did not perform the song at the concert.