Rock for Riley VII: Matt & Kim Play for the Kids

Sometimes you can’t help but feel guilty about buying tickets to a major concert. Depending on the artist, you know the money is just going to go toward tight jeans, decking out the tour bus with multiple jacuzzi’s, or lots and lots of cocaine. When you’re paying 80 bucks to see a concert at the Verizon Wireless Music Center, the Old National Centre, or Hilbert Circle Theatre, you might be justified in doing a little grumbling. But most music fans will pay whatever fee is necessary, knowing that, in the end, the musical fix is more important than the inflated wallets of those providing the tunes. Seven years ago, students at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis had a thought: wouldn’t it be great if there was a big Indianapolis music concert, and all the ticket sales went to a good, local cause? Thus, Rock for Riley was born, an annual Indianapolis event that raises funds for the Riley Hospital for Children, one of the largest and most famous hospitals for children in Central Indiana. On Thursday, April 7, 2011, this comprehensive Indianapolis hospital will get another boost when Matt & Kim appear on the main stage of The Vogue for Rock for Riley VII.

Official music video for “Cameras” by Matt & Kim; Matt & Kim will be performing at Rock for Riley VII at the Vogue in Indianapolis


Rock for Riley is an Indianapolis non-profit organization founded by students at the Indiana University School of Medicine, part of the campus of Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI) in downtown Indianapolis. Every year, the group coordinates a huge concert at a major Indianapolis music venue, often attracting national touring artists to its philanthropic night of entertainment. 2005’s Rock for Riley saw Wilco performing at the Old National Centre (then the Murat Centre), and 2006 brought in the talents of My Morning Jacket to Clowes Memorial Hall. The event moved to its permanent home, The Vogue, in 2007, when it hosted Bon Iver. 2008 brought Mass Ave‘s favorite band, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, to the Vogue, and 2009 featured the Avett Brothers. Last year, Rock for Riley VI hosted The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas for a highly successful sixth year.

Video of Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s performing “Pages Written on the Wall” live at the Vogue during Rock for Riley in 2008; Rock for Riley VII will feature Matt & Kim in Indianapolis on April 7, 2011


Rock for Riley VII will feature the talents of Matt & Kim, an indie pop duo that hails from the hip streets of Brooklyn. The band formed in 2004 with Matt on vocals and keyboards and Kim on drums and vocals, though neither artist knew how to play their instruments at that time. That’s why it took the band two years to finally release their self-titled debut, Matt & Kim, in 2006. The first album put the band on the map, but failed to bring them much commercial success. It wasn’t until the release of Grand in 2009 that the United States music industry began to take notice. The album earned the duo favorable reviews and charted at #165 on the U.S. charts, #4 on the Heatseeker charts, and #24 on the U.S. Indie charts. Sidewalks, Matt & Kim’s third full length, saw the band moving into more dance pop territory, layering disco beats with their usual twee indie sensibilities. The 2010 record proved to be a bigger hit commercially (it peaked at number 6 on the U.S. Rock charts), but critics gave a lukewarm response. Nevertheless, Rock for Riley VII will feature an energetic, engaging duo that will warm your heart as well as the soles of your dancing shoes.

Video of Matt & Kim performing “Jesse Jane” and “Daylight” in New York City; Matt & Kim will be performing at The Vogue in Indianapolis for Rock for Riley VII


So to give back to the Indianapolis health system, save dozens of Indianapolis children from sickness, and enjoy a little live music, you need to buy tickets to Rock for Riley VII, taking place at The Vogue in Broad Ripple Village on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. Rock for Riley VII is sponsored by a slew of Indianapolis businesses, Indianapolis media outlets, and Indianapolis restaurants, including NUVO Newsweekly, WTTS 92.3, Hot Box Pizza, My Old Kentucky Blog, WRZX 103.3, A-Squared Industries, Hard Rock Cafe, and more; the whole Indy community is getting together to support Riley Hospital for Children. Tickets to Rock for Riley VII are $22, and they can be bought at the Vogue or through Ticketmaster; all proceeds benefit Riley Hospital for Children. Get out to the Vogue and Rock for Riley with Matt & Kim on Thursday, April 7, 2011!

Rock for Riley VII Presents Matt & Kim
Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 8:00
Tickets: $22 (profits benefit Riley Children’s Hospital)
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The Vogue
6259 College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220

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