Saturday, March 28, 2009

Bonnaroo 2009 Artist: Passion Pit

Passion Pit is an indie, electronica, dance band from Cambridge, Massachusetts, that formed in late 2007. The band consists of Michael Angelakos (lead vox, keys), Ian Hultquist (keys), Ayad Al Adhamy (synth, samples), Jeff Apruzzese (bass) and Nate Donmoyer (drums).

Success came rather quickly for them, from being recognized by the Boston music scene after just a handful of shows, being awarded the Best New Act of 2008 by The Phoenix and soon after, being signed to New York's Frenchkiss Records and the UK's Columbia Records.

Get this. Their debut EP, Chunk of Change, was just released about six months ago. It was originally a Valentine's Day gift for Mike's girlfriend, and became popular throughout Emerson College, where he was attending.

The song "Sleepyhead" gained media exposure from a Canadian PSP advertisement, as well as MTV's 'What the Flip?'. Pitchfork Media even included the music video in its Top 40 music videos of 2008.

Passion Pit have finished their first, full-length album, Manners, and is due out May 26 of this year. commented that the album "has every chance to rank as one of the year's best."

Although it's only been a short amount of time, their live show has been received well, earning spots opening for bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Girl Talk and These New Puritans.

For you Cincinnatians not attending Bonnaroo this year, you'll have a chance to catch Passion Pit, coming fresh off their festival performance, when they stop by the Mad Hatter on Saturday, June 13. The show is only $10 in advance/$12 at the door. Though I've never seen them live, I highly recommend attending. With the way the economy is, you can't beat seeing a band with that much buzz for that price.

Other 'roo artists you may like:

Paul Oakenfold, Girl Talk, Crystal Castles, Chairlift

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