There was no encore, perhaps because the band's most popular and certainly most bankable song, "Daylight," closed out the set, and judging from the screams of girls and approving head nods from guys, they couldn't get better than that. And shit, they nailed it, even with the extended piano intro.
Johnson prefaced that final song with a rather poignant quotation that provided an extra emotional punch to an already heart-lifting song, noting that fans had approached him and Kim, saying the song gave them an extra push during hard times.
"This has been a hell of a year for us. Life gets harder, but this is the best possible job I could have," Johnson said.
Immediately after the final song, the house music -- "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z -- went up and the sweaty partiers filed out.
Opener and Denver local Pictureplane started off the night, playing his style of chilled-out electro, occasionally treading into experimental territory. Wearing faded skinny black jeans with holes in the knees, black combat boots and a sleeveless black shirt, I couldn't help but think this guy looked like he belonged at a D-beat show.
"My name is Pictureplane, I live in this fucking town, man. I don't know if I've ever seen any of you people before," he said before his last (and new) song. "You guys excited for Matt and Kim?" A wave of cheers went up. "Yeah, great," he replied. After the song, he pimped an after-party at the Meadowlark and was done.
So So Glos, an enthusiastic Brooklyn four-piece on tour with Matt and Kim, played next. With guitar solos aplenty and a wailing frontman, the band didn't seem to impress the crowd with their straight-ahead neo-Dad rock. Have to hand it to the band, though, for hanging out by the merch booth in the Ogden lobby before the set talking to fans. Nice guys.
After the jump: Matt and Kim set list (I haven't found one for this tour yet, so if you can help fill in some blanks, drop a comment!)