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Passion Pit at Kings Theatre (May 11, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 12th 2015

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The newly restored Kings Theatre wouldn’t have been my first guess for the New York live return of Passion Pit, who last played New York in September 2013 (and who I last saw at Governors Ball 2012). But then again, this is a band that has constantly rose above their given expectations, they did play Madison Square Garden after all.

The night was also a series of fresh starts, both for the beautiful revamped Kings Theatre, and Passion Pit. Gone completely are all the fresh-faced members of the band’s original lineup. Only founder and brainchild Michael Angelakos remains. Joining him for the Kindred-era of Passion Pit are Giuliano Pizzulo (of Incan Abraham), Pete Carafella (of Supersystem and Shy Child), and Ray Suen and Chris Hartz (who both play in Childish Gambino’s band). This was a jarring discovery, as I had become so accustomed to the previous installment of Passion Pit whose members I also associated with the band, even if the group has always been Angelakos at the end of the day.

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Passion Pit – “Where The Sky Hangs”

By Will Oliver, February 26th 2015 — with 2 comments

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Passion Pit are wasting no time returning to the game. With new album Kindred set to be released this Spring (April 21 via Columbia Records, they have already given us our taste of the album with lead-track “Lifted Up (1985).” They followed that up the very next day with yet another album offering: “Where The Sky Hangs.”

While that was a more excitable release, “Where The Sky Hangs” takes things a bit slower, a more drawn out chill track that wouldn’t be too out of place on Gossamer. It’s a bit of a grower, so hang tight and give it some time to work its magic on you.

Check it out below.
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[new]: Passion Pit – “Lifted Up (1985)”

By Will Oliver, February 18th 2015 — with 1 comment

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Passion Pit are back. The synth-pop group will return with new album Kindred on April 21 via Columbia Records.

Earlier this week they returned with the glossy new single “Lifted Up (1985).” It’s the opening track on Kindred, so the album definitely opens with a burst of energy with a hooky chorus. It’s a very Passion Pit song in nature, with it’s sight set towards the the nosebleed sections of the largest arena. It took a few listens, but that chorus will find a way into your head sooner or later, whether you like it or not.

Check out “Lifted Up (1985)” below.
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[watch]: Passion Pit Play SNL

By Will Oliver, October 14th 2012

Passion Pit took over the famed SNL stage last night, performing “Take A Walk” and “Carried Away”. Watch both performances below.

Take A Walk:

Carried Away:

Passion Pit Cancel Tour Dates

By Will Oliver, July 16th 2012 — with 1 comment


Passion Pit have had to cancel a bunch of tour dates in order to improve the mental health of frontman Michael Angelakos. He posted a message on the band’s website saying:

On behalf of the band and myself, I would like to greatly apologize for the show cancellations. In order for me to ensure that there will be no further disruptions, I am going to take the time to work on improving my mental health. For now, I’d like to thank all of our fans for their understanding. I hope to see all of you very soon in a much different light.

I saw the band a few weeks ago at Governors Ball. While shooting from the photo pit, I got as close as one could get to Michael. I have seen the band a few times now, and something about the show – Michael in particular, seemed off to me. He didn’t seem as enthusiastic or joyful. Even looking him dead in the eyes during the set, he seemed unnerved. That was just the feeling I got, and now it seems like I may have been right.

Hope Michael gets better. You can see the list of cancelled shows here.

[new]: Passion Pit – Constant Conversations

By Will Oliver, July 9th 2012 — with 1 comment

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have already shared two tracks from new album Gossamer. They were “Take A Walk” and “I’ll Be Alright”. Now we got another new track to share called “Constant Conversations”.

Immediately you will notice it has a slower, more sensual feel than we’re used to from them. We’ve seen what Passion Pit can do with a slower steady pace before, but not really quite like this. It’s a nice change of pace, and a great look for a band that has so many of them.

Listen below.

Gossamer comes out July 24 on Columbia Records. Pre-order it at Insound, Amazon, or iTunes.

Passion Pit @ Governors Ball (June 23, 2012)

By Will Oliver, June 26th 2012 — with 2 comments

Passion Pit have come so far since that first notice I gave them on this little platform of mine. Even then I would have been surprised at their transformation into one of the biggest indie juggernauts in today’s music scene.

They were given the “headline set” of the evening, and took it in full stride. Lead singer and frontman Michael Angelakos didn’t seem like his normal joyful self, and two new members were placed in the back, with Ayad Al Adhamy no where in sight (he is touring with The Go! Team). These are factors that would impact most bands, but Passion Pit aren’t most bands. They are a young group, hungry, and full of colorful songs that have never once seemed old or trite in my mind.

Anything of Manners got the proper reaction from the crowd. The two songs we’ve heard from the upcoming Gossamer (“Take A Walk”, “I’ll Be Alright”) did their job live, but “It’s Not My Fault I’m Happy” was disappointingly flat. Given, it was only their 2nd time playing it live, so don’t judge it yet.

Energy and minor vocal issues aside, the band did the job and put on a show. “Sleepyhead” and “Little Secrets” came in and closed the set in proper fashion.

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