The coolest indie husband-wife duo of all-time took to the Popped! Festival on Saturday. I hope that a few of the concert goers wanting for Vampire Weekend were inspired to check out more of Mates of State. It took about five albums but Kori and Jason have establish themselves as one the finest indie pop duos in the genre. This is my third time seeing them and you just want to hug them on stage. They scream away about how much they care for each other. They've just about made it a style onto themselves -- the keyboard and drums pop genre.
Their new album, Re-Arrange Us, is a less overtly-poppy album, focusing more on the vocals than the heavy organ sound we've become to know and love. I dare say it's a more "mature" effort, but I find it that scream-and-shout vocals are just toned down a tad. If you are new onto the Mates, I highly endorse their 2004 effort, Team Boo.
Of course, being that Kori & Jason are parents as well, they bring the kids with them. One of the most adorable things I saw was when Kori and their oldest daughter were dancing together during Vampire Weekend. Awwwwwwww. Then Jason was holding their newborn, who was sporting protective headphones. Cuteness times ten.