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Photos: Project Pabst 2015

Project Pabst took place this past weekend in Portland’s South Waterfront District, and the lineup boasted a collection of acts both young and old. Blondie, the Buzzcocks, Weezer, TV On The Radio, Run The Jewels, Passion Pit, Against Me! and more performed in the stifling heat over the course of two days. Colin McLaughlin captured… More »

By: Stereogum / July 20, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Converse’s Free Rubber Tracks Live Residency Brings The Replacements, Slayer, Chance The Rapper, Passion Pit To Boston This Month

There are lots of reasons to be suspicious of corporate-sponsored music events, but if a shoe company was bringing the Replacements and Dinosaur Jr. to your hometown for a free show, you’d still try to go, right? Later this month, Converse will spend a week at the Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts for a Converse Rubber… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 16, 2015 - 9:30 am

Stream Passion Pit Kindred

Passion Pit’s music has always carried traces of neon ’80s synthpop, but from the cover art to the song titles, new album Kindred is an explicitly nostalgic callback to Michael Angelakos’ childhood years — the good, bad, and ugly of it all. (As always, even his darkest emotions are shrouded in bright, beautiful music.) We’ve… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 14, 2015 - 10:44 am

Passion Pit – “Until We Can’t (Let’s Go)”

Over a month after Passion Pit shared “Lifted Up (1985)” and “Where The Sky Hangs” in quick succession, the band has finally unveiled another single from their upcoming third full-length, Kindred. “Until We Can’t (Let’s Go)” is another high-energy shot of adrenaline with a chorus that sounds just as restless as the lyrics read. You… More »

By: James Rettig / April 6, 2015 - 8:27 am

Passion Pit – “Lifted Up (1985)” Video

Synth-rock stars Passion Pit will release their new album Kindred into the world next month, and they’ve just shared the video for the euphoric first single “Lifted Up (1985).” The strobe-lit clip shows frontman Michael Angelakos looking buttoned-up and alone in a few different communal situations: A mosh pit, an EDM club, and indie rock… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2015 - 10:38 am

Watch Passion Pit Strip Down Two New Songs At BFD Fest Kick-Off Party

Earlier this month, Michael Angelakos played a solo set of stripped down Passion Pit tracks at the kick-off party for California radio station LIVE 105’s BFD Festival. The full band isn’t playing the actual festival this year — though they have in the past — but Angelakos came out to show his support anyway. I… More »

By: James Rettig / March 16, 2015 - 10:25 am

Madeon – “Pay No Mind” (Feat. Passion Pit) Video

Before Passion Pit began the run-up to their new album Kindred, sharing the early tracks “Lifted Up (1985)” and “Pay No Mind,” a single from the French dance producer Madeon. Angelakos isn’t in the song’s brand-new video. Instead, the clip tells a sci-fi story about a boy and a girl who want to break into… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 20, 2015 - 11:48 am

Passion Pit – “Where The Sky Hangs”

Passion Pit have been teasing their new album Kindred for a while now, but they made the official announcement yesterday, sharing the first single and album opener “Lifted Up (1985).” That song was the sort of thing you expect to hear from Passion Pit: A big, energetic, synthetic joy-explosion. This morning, they’ve shared another new… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 17, 2015 - 8:35 am

Passion Pit – “Lifted Up (1985)”

After teasing their new album Kindred for a few weeks, Passion Pit have finally shared the first single from the project. And guess what? It sounds exactly like Passion Pit! “Lifted Up (1985)” is a chirpy, ebullient synthpop song built to conquer arenas and soundtrack inspirational montages for decades in the future. The past i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 16, 2015 - 3:01 pm

Madeon – “Pay No Mind” (Feat. Passion Pit)

Madeon — AKA baby-faced French producer Hugo Pierre Leclercq — previewed a track from his debut album Adventure today on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1. The new single, upon which Lowe conferred his Hottest Record honor, is called “Pay No Mind” and features Passion Pit. If you’re already a fan of Passion Pit, you’ll probably… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 9, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Passion Pit Tease New Album Kindred

Following the unreleased demos that Michael Angelakos has been posting to SoundCloud under the name Eastern Shift, it’s time for some brand new Passion Pit music. Today we get the official news that the group’s third album Kindred, the followup to 2012’s Gossamer, will be out in April. They shared this teaser today… More »

By: Caitlin White / January 29, 2015 - 2:43 pm

Watch Michael Angelakos Discuss His Bipolar Disorder In New Mental Health PSA

Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos has been very candid about his bipolar disorder after he had to cancel some tour dates following the release of their sophomore album Gossamer, and he’s even been awarded in the past for putting a positive face on mental illness. He’s part of Bring Change 2 Mind’s new PSA campaig… More »

By: James Rettig / January 20, 2015 - 1:13 pm

Hear A Previously Unreleased Passion Pit Demo That Samples Kate Bush

Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos has putting up some unreleased demos over the past few days on his Soundcloud under the name Eastern Shift, which is presumably a moniker for some of his solo work. One of the first things he shared was a reworking of a Barry Manilow song and there’s been a fewMore »

By: James Rettig / January 2, 2015 - 9:20 am

Eastern Shift (Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos) – “Somewhere”

Aside from an acoustic performance of “Sleepyhead” he did for charity a few weeks back, Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos has been pretty quiet over the past year while putting the finishing touches on the band’s third album, which he said was close to being done a few months ago. Yesterday, however, Angelakos uploaded a… More »

By: James Rettig / December 30, 2014 - 8:39 am

Passion Pit Frontman Responds To Henry Rollins’ Suicide Article, Says LP3 Is Almost Done

Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos has been open about his mental illness before. He even won an award last year for increasing awareness and putting a positive face on his experiences with bipolar disorder. Angelakos took to Twitter to criticize Henry Rollins for his controversial editorial about suicide. (Rollins recently apologized for his words.) “Yes,… More »

By: James Rettig / August 23, 2014 - 1:15 pm

The Week In Pop: Aloe Blacc’s Spirit-Dampening Star Turn

“Don’t chase the money,” Aloe Blacc intones, in a Sam Cooke croon over a Stevie Wonder romp, about halfway through his new album Lift Your Spirit. “You can’t chase the money,” he pleads. What exactly has Blacc been doing these past few years, then? This is a guy who broke through to TV sync ubiquity… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 6, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Passion Pit Explain Why Bands Cancel Shows

Recently, Passion Pit had to cancel an outdoor show in Wilmington, North Carolina because of rain. This is shortly after a Chicago rainstorm ruined much of the band’s equipment during a show, but the cancellation still led to some fans grousing on Twitter about how bands should still play the shows they’ve agreed to play. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 9, 2013 - 8:54 am

Photos: Austin City Limits 2013

The first of two Austin City Limits weekends took place in Zilker Park over the weekend, with performances by Depeche Mode, the Cure, Kings Of Leon, Atoms For Peace, Phoenix, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, the National, Queens Of The Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, HAIM, and dozens more. Check out photos from the festival by JWMore »

By: Stereogum / October 7, 2013 - 11:30 am

Stream Passion Pit Constant Conversations EP

Passion Pit have unleashed a 3-track EP, Constant Conversations, a B-sides companion to last year’s Gossamer. The collection posts an alternate version of the title track, the previously-unheard “Ruin Your Day,” and a Dillion Francis remix of “Carried Away.” Stream it below, via Spotify. Sadly, there is no Juicy J cameo. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 24, 2013 - 5:19 pm

Watch Passion Pit’s Live On Letterman Webcast

This past weekend, a huge thunderstorm hit Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival, fucking up a bunch of Passion Pit’s gear and forcing the band to turn a few Canadian shows into DJ sets instead. But they got everything working or replaced in time to play their “Constant Conversations” on the Late Show With David LettermanMore »

By: Tom Breihan / September 5, 2013 - 8:53 am
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