photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Ponytail & Passion Pit were a perfect mini-bill all by themselves. Last night at Music Hall (10/21), Ponytail played after Shearwater who played after the Sammies who played after Emmy the Great.
The switch from Sheawarter to Ponytail was the most drastic/funniest/perfect change of the night. Ponytail are so good. Many agree with me. Many passionately disagree . Never before have I talked to so many people that were so split in opinion after a performance. Luckily the ones who find the Baltimore band unappealing had the downstairs bar to escape to if they wanted to.
After the show Ponytail left to play a second show at the new Studio @ Webster Hall.
Then came Passion Pit. If there's one thing the MA band have in common with the two bands who played before them, it's a non-traditional singing method. Passion Pit make dance music that is sung, by frontman and band founder Michael Angelakos, in a very high voice, though, to quote Bill again, he doesn't quite have the control of his falsetto that Shearwater's Melberg does. That's not a bad thing. As a young band, Passion Pit's music may not translate as well live as their hit songs do on record, but for a band that hasn't been playing together that long, they definitely have it musically together. They were also clearly the band most people were there to see. Their set is when the the 600+ capacity venue was literally at capacity and most packed. I got nervous for a second that people would leave before Jens, but most stayed and/or new people came.
PP have a few more CMJ shows coming up and then a tour with Yelle. Ponytail have a few more NYC shows coming up including Todd P's Halloween bash. Those dates and more picutres from last night, below...
Passion Pit - 2008 Tour Dates
Oct 21 - Brooklyn Vegan CMJ Showcase: Music Hall Of Williamsburg brooklyn, New York
Oct 23 - CMJ @ Fader Fort New York, New York
Oct 23 - CMJ @ NME Party @ The Annex New York, New York
Oct 24 - CMJ @ Pianos (planetary) New York, New York
Oct 25 - CMJ @ The Yard (After The Jump Party) brooklyn, New York
Oct 27 - Neumo's w/ Yelle Seattle, Washington
Oct 28 - Commodore Ballroom w/ Yelle Vancouver, British Columbia
Oct 29 - Berbati's Pan w/ Yelle Portland, Oregon
Oct 31 - Mezzanine W/ Yelle San Francisco, California
Nov 1 - Henry Fonda Theatre w/ Yelle Los Angeles, California
Nov 2 - The Beauty Bar w/ Yelle San Diego, California
Nov 3 - The Grove w/ The Faint and Kool Keith Anaheim, California
Ponytail - 2008 Tour Dates
Oct 23 - Cal Robbins Benefit @ The Ottobar Baltimore, Maryland
Oct 24 - Levi's Fader Fort NYC w/ Crystal Antlers New York, New York
Oct 24 - Todd P / Ground Control Party @ Market Hotel New York, New York
Oct 31 2- Todd P NYC Big Halloween Bash w/DMBQ, The Homosexuals, AIDS Wolf @ Danbro Brewery Warehouse Brooklyn, New York