Entries tagged with: Passion Pit
photo: Passion Pit at Kings Theatre in May (more by Mimi Hong)
Main Passion Pit member Michael Angelakos appeared on the latest episode of Bret Easton Ellis' podcast. They talk about a lot in their hour-plus conversation, and as SPIN points out, Michael comes out as gay on the podcast. He says coming to terms with his sexuality is part of what led to his recent divorce with his ex-wife Kristy Mucci. He says:
At that time [while making Manners] I had broken up with my girlfriend, who inspired Chunk of Change [...] and that's when it started kicking up a lot of confusion as to what I liked in regards to my sexuality, in regards to even music, I was like "why am I making this electronic music? I wanna do all these other things." Anytime someone tells me that I'm good at one thing, that's when I want to do all the other things I like to do, which is a little bratty but you know. Specifically with my sexuality, it was just -- so unlike with bipolar it was like, "don't go to get help, don't talk to anybody." Because I lived in such a straight group of people -- not that anyone wasn't gonna be understanding -- it was just not the time.Listen to the whole podcast below...
...It was so easy at the time just to talk about girls, so I just kept writing about them. And also there was the narrative of the Chunk of Change EP: "he made it for his girlfriend!"
Brett: That's the myth.
Michael: That is a very true story. It's kinda funny. I laughed at it 'cause I was like "no one's gonna believe this," and sure enough it was the only thing anyone wrote about it. Still to this day. But I will say that I was going through so many difficult issues with girls in general that when I started dating my wife, she just quieted them so much so. She was such a good friend that it became kind of a non-issue. I was like "okay so I don't have to think about it for now." It's always been about putting it off in my head. Not consciously. I don't know what your experience with it was, but when you're kind of teetering on the edge of heterosexuality or homosexuality or whatever, you don't really know what's going on. It's just so much more comfortable to keep going back to what you know. [...] I just didn't wanna deal with other people.
Brett: But didn't your wife ever question it? Did you guys ever talk about it?
Michael: Yeah from day one she knew I was bisexual. And that's something I've always said to people I'm very close with, and I would drop it in a way where it's like, "Please, can we talk about it?" But obviously everyone was just like "Okay." And probably thought it was bullshit. But at that time I just wanted so badly to be straight. Because I love her so much. I think that was one of the most painful things about when we decided to separate. She said, "I don't want anyone to think that this is your fault because you're gay, it's not your fault." And she was so sweet about it because when I decided to really deal with it, like head on -- which was I don't know in June -- she was the one who kind of spearheaded it in a way but then said, "You have to take it from here." She said, "Whatever happens right now is whatever, but you need to figure out what's going with your sexuality. You can't hate yourself anymore. And you can't be buying all these things that people are saying about you. You have a very rich and interesting life that cannot be condensed into an article."
Passion Pit / Tim & Eric / Run the Jewels / tUnE-yArDs
Set against the backdrop of Mount Currie near Vancouver, the 2015 Pemberton Music Festival is one of the more picturesque summer festivals, and good vibes seemed to be everywhere on its second, sunny day (Friday, 7/17). Sets included Black Keys, Passion Pit, Run the Jewels, Courtney Barnett, Kid Cudi, Tim & Eric, tUnE-yArDs, Doug Benson, and more.
photos by Mimi Hong
Passion Pit's tour in support of their new album Kindred hit NYC last night (5/11) for a show at Kings Theatre. It sold out far in advance, not surprisingly considering Kings is a very intimate spot for a band who has headlined Madison Square Garden. The show kicked off with old favorite "Little Secrets" before delving into new stuff, but their whole set was split pretty evenly between their three albums. They also brought back a couple from their first EP in the encore, before ending (as they usually do) with "Sleepyhead."
The show was their first in NYC with the current lineup, which has frontman Michael Angelakos joined by an entirely new cast. The new lineup includes Pete Carafella of Supersystem and Shy Child, as well as Giuliano Pizzulo of Incan Abraham, Ray Suen and Chris Hartz of Childish Gambino's band, and Aaron Harrison Folb.
Holychild opened but we missed them. More pictures from the show, including one of Passion Pit's setlist, below...
this is one of the five show flyers...
Converse is moving into Boston and throwing some killer free shows to celebrate:
Converse Rubber Tracks Live Boston, a free five-night event set to take over the Sinclair, a club in Harvard Square.The shows are free, but you'll need a ticket. Those go "on sale" on Monday (4/20) at noon. More info at converse-music.com/boston/. Full lineups below:
From April 27 through May 1 may perhaps be the only time fans will be able to see major acts such as alt-rock pioneers the Replacements, Boston-bred electro-pop sensations Passion Pit, thrash-metal titans Slayer, rap star Chance the Rapper, and punk-rock progenitors Descendents in a cozy venue that holds 525 people. All are acts that easily draw crowds triple that size.
"We knew when we were moving into Boston that we wanted to do something that really celebrated the move and the local community and wanted to give something back," said Jed Lewis, Converse's global music marketing director, noting that the company will soon uproot its world headquarters from North Andover to Boston. "It's important for us to be active in the creative community." [Boston Globe]
photo: Passion Pit at Pianos in 2008 (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Check out Passion Pit's tour dates (including a sold-out NYC show) here. Video for "Lifted Up (1985)" below...
We've already heard two songs from the new Passion Pit album, Kindred (due 4/21 via Columbia), and they've now put out a third, "Until We Can't (Let's Go)." It's an arena-ready synth pop track that you can hear over at NPR.
You can watch the video for previous single "Lifted Up (1985)" below, and check out their tour dates here.
photo: A$AP Ferg in Queens in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Late last year, A$AP Ferg returned with the new mixtape Ferg Forever, a nice tide-over while we wait for the followup to his excellent Trap Lord. In the past week, he's dropped videos for two of that mixtape's tracks. The first was for "Doe-Active," directed by Spike Jordan and featuring a cameo from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, and the second was for "Dope Walk," directed by Matt Starr and featuring appearances by Kanye West, Beyonce, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Haim, Rihanna and Justin Bieber. Watch both below.
In related news, this Sunday (3/1) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy will play a
free show presented by DXC/Dunkxchange. At the show, you can buy, sell and trade sneakers and apparel. There will also be performances by GRZLXMODE and GI Dara, and music by DJ Mpure and DJ Rob Cast. Unlike most BKNB shows this one is ticketed ($15 advance, $20 at the door) and the flyer is below.
Ferg also has shows coming up, mostly in Australia and New Zealand, but also a couple US festivals including Pitchfork. All dates are listed below.
A$AP Rocky's also on board for US festival BUKU Music + Art Project happening in New Orleans on March 13 & 14 with Passion Pit, TV on the Radio, Run the Jewels, BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah, DJ Windows 98, Die Antwoord, Flosstradamus, RL Grime, Portugal. The Man, Hudson Mohawke, iLoveMakonnen, XXYYXX, Raury, Big Freedia and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale.
photo: Passion Pit at MSG in 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
There's a promoter presale for the Pixies' Beacon Theatre show at 10 AM too. Anyone know the password?
photo: Passion Pit at MSG in 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Passion Pit are releasing album #3 this April and already had some tour dates announced, including a sold-out NJ show with Death Cab. They've now added many more dates, including a show at Brooklyn's recently re-opened Kings Theatre on May 11. That's a somewhat intimate show for a band who's headlined Madison Square Garden. Holychild open that show and other dates. Tickets for Kings Theatre go on sale Friday (2/27) at 10 Am with Fan Club/AmEx presales starting Wednesday (2/25) at 10 Am and a venue presale starting Thursday (2/26) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with streams of the new album's two singles, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Passion Pit put out the first song from their upcoming third album, Kindred (due 4/21 via Columbia), and now the second single has already followed. This one's called "Where the Sky Hangs," and unlike the arena-ready "Lifted Up (1985)," it's a more low-key tune. Listen below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Passion Pit at Pier 26 in 2013 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Passion Pit recently announced that their third album, Kindred, would be out in April via Columbia, and now more details have been revealed. Frontman Michael Angelakos produced it with longtime collaborators and co-producers Chris Zane and Alex Aldi, with contributions from hitmaker Benny Blanco (Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Jessie Ware). The official release date is April 21, the tracklist is below, and so is a stream of the first single, "Lifted Up (1985)." It's an arena-ready synth pop anthem, but distinctly the kind that still no one makes quite like Passion Pit. If you pre-order the album on iTunes, you get an instant download of "Lifted Up (1985)" plus a second track, "Where the Sky Hangs."
The band also have tour dates coming up, and they'll be nearby NYC for Radio 105.4's Birthday show on May 10 at Susquehanna Bank Center with Death Cab for Cutie and others. That's now sold out.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
photo: Death Cab at Beacon Theatre in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
We already knew that Death Cab for Cutie's next NYC show would be Madison Square Garden, and today they announced that it would happen at MSG on September 12 with killer support from Explosions in the Sky. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/13) at 11 AM with AmEx, local, and Citi presales starting Wednesday (2/11) at 11 AM.
UPDATE: MSG PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Their tour also includes another appearance not far from NYC at Radio 104.5's Birthday show on May 10 at Susquehanna Bank Center with Passion Pit and others. Tickets for that are on sale now too.
In related news, Explosions in the Sky member Mark T. Smith and Eluvium's Matthew Cooper have a new album coming out as Inventions called Maze of Woods on March 17 via Temporary Residence Ltd. You can watch a new video from that below.
Also, Ben Gibbard recently filmed a video of him playing DCFC's new single "Black Sun" acoustic for SiriusXM, and you can watch that below.
UPDATE: The band have now put out a new video for "Black Sun" and added a few more tour dates. Those are listed, with that video, below...
photo: Passion Pit on Pier 26 in 2013 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Passion Pit are finally ready to follow 2012's great Gossamer. Today they've announced that their third album, Kindred, will be out in April via Columbia, and put out a short teaser video that you can watch below.
We already posted BV contributor David Andrako's favorite live photos (that he took) of 2013, and now here's another from longtime BV contributor Dominick Mastrangelo. The one of Palma Violets above is one of his "13 for 13" pics picks, and you can check out the rest, along with a list of his favorite songs of the year, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Justin Vernon w/ The Shouting Matches / Grimes / Autre Ne Veut
The second weekend of Austin's 2013 ACL Festival went down this past Friday (10/11) and Saturday (10/12) (Sunday was cancelled) with the second day giving us sets from The Cure, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, Shouting Matches (Justin Vernon's blues band), Wilco, Grimes, Junip, Haim, Autre Ne Veut, Parquet Courts and more. Pictures of those artists (except none of Kendrick), and others from weekend 2 day 2 are in this post.
Passion Pit was kind enough to take the time to let fans know "a few" of the reasons bands cancel shows, like "weather", "general illness", "metal illness" and "conflicting schedules" (did they mean "emergency situation"?). We'd like to add a few more to the list:
1) Low Ticket Sales - Sometimes bands cancel shows because they don't want to play to an empty room, or it will be cheaper to refund everyone's money than pay the expenses associated with playing to a half-filled room. Sometimes they or the promoters are honest about it. Sometimes they aren't. Sometimes this can be solved by moving the show to a smaller venue instead of cancelling.
2) "Visa Issues" - This is a legitimate issue many artists face when trying to play overseas, and that sucks. Artists and/or the people who work for them can be overly optimistic and announce overseas shows before the band has the proper approval to play them, partially because they need to announce the show way in advance and the government can be slow. Sometimes it's easier to blame the country than yourself for filling out paperwork late. Sometimes you just need to say something that sounds better than "low ticket sales".
4) Offered Something Better - Sometimes artists get offered late night TV shows or tours with Paramore but they already scheduled shows during that time. Sometimes those artists decide that taking that new opportunity is important for their career, and worth pissing off a few fans and complicating things.
and last but not least...
5) Death Grips.
Add your own reasons in the comments!
Passion Pit @ Pier 26 last month (more by Luis Ruiz)
Nobody likes cancellations. Passion Pit, who were in NYC last month and have had to cancel a few shows in their time (but have also done shows during a "blizzard"), have written a letter on their site about this very subject and how they also hate them but sometimes it happens. The well-meaning but kinda obvious post is mostly in handy list form:
1) General Illness. Though many bands play through illness, sometimes it's absolutely necessary to take a night off to ensure that the rest of the tour survives instead of beating your body up only to have to risk canceling more shows in the future. This is how so many singers lose their voices, or people develop long-term illnesses. It's just not worth it.You can read the rest here but guys you forgot the obvious one: volcanos.
2) Mental illness. Most of our fans know about my condition but this only hurt us a few times, and it was well over a year ago, and I work my ass of to make sure I can get out on stage and tour. More on how we made up all of these shows later.
3) Weather. Outdoor stages that are built into muddy grounds have caused death (so many examples of this). Rain and electronics, as we all know, also really don't mix. Sometimes, other stationary stages are said to be "rain or shine" but do not actually have the capability of fully protecting the gear. As some of you may know, we lost SO much gear and money a few weekends ago due to a storm, and we're not about to mess it up on our final trek for "Gossamer." That could potentially end an entire tour and then that'd be it. No more touring. See you maybe in 2014. Not fun.
Passion Pit are on tour as we speak and their current dates are listed below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The Cure / Kendrick Lamar / Passion Pit
Opening with a sluggish "Plainsong," the band - led, as always, by founder Robert Smith - scanned tentative, with a chunky and worn-looking Smith seeming particularly unhappy. Yet the Cure founder emoted the follow-up "Pictures of You," and by the time the band hit "Lullaby," the entire group was more animated. Momentum established, the Cure could do no wrong.Austin's 2013 ACL Festival kicked off on Friday (10/4), its first day of two consecutive weekends, and continued on Saturday (10/5). Day 2 gave us sets from The Cure, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, Passion Pit, Haim and more. Pictures from the second day of the fest are in this post, and there's another set at BV Austin.
Loosely dividing the concert into thirds, the band spent the first part on hits both massive and missed, from the jangly "High" and moody "Lovesong" to the funky "The Walk" and brooding "Fascination Street." A buoyant "Just Like Heaven" indicated the band isn't burned out on its biggest hit yet. [Austin Chronicle]
The festival's first weekend wraps up today (10/6) with sets from Atoms for Peace, The National, Phoenix, and more. Then it all happens again next week (10/11-10/13). If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage, check out pics of day 1 here and more here.
Update: Day 3 pics are up now.
More day 2 pics below...
photos by Luis Ruiz
Passion Pit / Best Coast
After performing Live on Letterman last Wednesday (9/4), Passion Pit brought their ongoing tour to Pier 26 for two sold-out shows with Best Coast (Friday, 9/6 and Saturday, 9/7). The band are still on tour in support of 2012's Gossamer, the awesome, lyrical followup to their huge 2009 debut, LP Manners. Their set on Friday was split pretty evenly between those two albums, and it also included Gossamer bonus tracks, their song from the Twilight soundtrack, and one from the Chunk of Change EP. Pictures and the setlists of both bands from Friday's show are in this post.
They continue below...
Passion Pit on 'Live on Letterman' - 9/4/13
After playing Chicago's North Coast Music Festival this past weekend (where they lost most of their equipment during the storm that hit), Passion Pit made their way to NYC (with new instruments) to perform on "Live on Letterman" last night (9/4). The performance was just under an hour and saw the band playing mostly off of last year's Gossamer, but also a few cuts from their debut LP, Manners. Check out the full video and setlist, below.
Passion Pit are about to continue on their extensive tour, which includes their two NYC shows this weekend with Best Coast on Pier 26 on Friday (9/6) and Saturday (9/7). Tickets to those shows are still available, and we also have a pair for each to give away.
Updated dates are listed, along with the Letterman video, below...
Passion Pit at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Ahead of Passion Pit's Pier 26 shows, they'll be performing live on Live on Letterman on September 4. The concert is taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater and airs on CBS.com and VEVO at 8 PM EST. You can also vote for what their last song will be on CBS.com. We've also got two pairs of tickets to give away for this show. Details on how to enter are below.
Passion Pit also just released their Taco Bell-sponsored documentary that they filmed during SXSW. The documentary, titled Hello Everywhere, was directed by Sam Jones (who did Wilco's I Am Trying to Break Your Heart) and features footage of the band and opener Wildcat! Wildcat! performing at Hype Hotel. You can watch the whole thing below.
Wildcat! Wildcat! are also touring with Black Light Dinner Party this year and hitting NYC for shows on September 26 at Glasslands (tickets) and September 28 at Mercury Lounge (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Updated dates are listed, along with the documentary video and contest details, below...
Best Coast @ Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Special guest Best Coast has been added to the bills of both Passion Pit shows happening at Pier 26 in NYC this September (9/6 & 9/7). Tickets are still available for both shows, and we also have a pair of tickets to give away for each show. Details on how to enter to win, below.
Best Coast, meanwhile, have dates scheduled on the west coast, some with Lovely Bad Things, and play Riot Fest Toronto at the end of August before getting to NYC to play with Passion Pit. They then play Riot Fest Chicago with the Replacements and Pixies before hitting the road for some dates with Bleached. All dates are listed below...
Le1f at the Whitney in April (more by Ryan Muir)
NYC's W Hotels have been doing a free live music series this summer at their various locations called W Gangs of New York, which has mostly consisted of artists DJing but there's a few live shows going on too. The series began on July 10 and continues every Sunday through August 25. The next show happens at their Midtown location on 7/21 with DJ sets from Dirty Projectors' David Longstreth and The Drums' Johnny Pierce. That's followed by a DJ set from Todd Terry (not to be confused with Todd Terje) and a live set from rapper Le1f on 7/28 at the Times Square location. And then it's DJ sets from Kidnap Kid and Shuttle (ex-Passion Pit) on 8/4 at the Union Square location. The rest of the lineup is TBA, but you can check W's site for updates. All shows are free, but RSVP to WGANGSNY@WHOTELS.COM is required.
Trailer video for the series below...
Passion Pit at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Passion Pit, who played Camp Bisco over the weekend (7/13), have been on a tour all year, which included a huge NYC show at Madison Square Garden back in February. You may remember that the MSG show went on as planned despite the huge blizzard that hit NYC that day.
Passion Pit have just expanded their tour, and to make up for anyone who missed the MSG show because of the storm, they've scheduled "make up shows" happening in NYC on September 6 and 7 at Hudson River Park's Pier 26, right before the band plays Boston Calling. Tickets for the Pier 26 shows go on sale Friday (7/19) at noon, and discounted tickets will be offered to anyone who had purchased a ticket for their MSG show but couldn't make it. Proceeds will also go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Passion Pit's tour also includes an Atlantic City show happening on November 1 at House of Blues Atlantic City. That show, and many others on the tour, is being opened by The Joy Formidable, but no openers have been announced for the Pier 26 shows yet. Tickets for the AC show go on sale Friday (7/19) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/17) at 10 Am and Ticketmaster/Total Rewards presales starting Thursday (7/18) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with a couple videos, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Passion Pit / Vampire Weekend / Amanda Palmer / devoted fan
The final day of the fest gave us sets by a number of artists including Haim, Toro y Moi, Matt & Kim, Vampire Weekend, The Walkmen, and Passion Pit, whose set was cut short. Reports Fuse...
On Sunday Passion Pit also had problems with their vocals, but in this case the culprit wasn't technical... it was allergies.We missed Toro y Moi and The Walkmen in part due to the rain that showed up that day too, but everything we did see is pictured in this post.
Clearly the Firefly fates have it in for Passion Pit. Last year the band had to cancel their performance at the fest so that frontman Michael Angelakos could undergo treatment for his bipolar disorder. This year they at least got to take the stage, but only for an abbreviated set.
Diving right in with "I'll Be Alright," "The Reeling" and "Carried Away," the band - and in particular drummer Nate Donmoyer and bassist Jeff Apruzzese - displayed a powerful musicianship that explodes in a live setting much more so than on record. Only after slowing things down for "To Kingdom Come" did Angelakos confess to the crowd that he needed help singing, because allergies had caused him to lose his voice. He also referenced last year's cancellation by saying he "can't catch a f-cking break with this festival."
Just seven songs in, Angelakos raised the white flag, admitting "I don't know how long I can go." At that point the band threw out their setlist and chose to "wrap this up with songs people know."
We at BrooklynVegan also took over a stage in the Soundwave tent with our hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones each day from 1-3pm. On the Sunday of the festival we had Trails and Ways and Amanda Palmer stop by for live performances and interviews. They were both great, but naturally Amanda left us with the most to talk about, not just from the day but from the whole weekend. A loyal crowd showed up to see her at 2pm and she proceeded to take requests, play 'Happy Birthday' and the "best song she ever wrote" which ended up being 'The Truth'. She invited one lucky fan to play ukulele and that fan ended up being Sabrina who killed it with a Gotye cover. She ended her set with a group singalong to 'Creep' which started in our tent and ended in the middle of the field.
More pictures from our last day in Dover, Delaware this year, below...