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“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 »

The two videos I liked best this week are about reintroducing superstars: One who’s been away for a while, one who’s barely taken enough time off for anyone to notice it’s been a year since he dropped an album. And both are heavy on old-school music-video values: Expert rhythmic editing, implied sex, the goofily in-charge… More »

If you need a quick crash-course in why music videos are not what they once were, have a look at Alex Pappademas’s celebration of the great Hype Williams in Grantland. Plenty of great music video directors are working today, but none of them are bringing the sheer opulent visual verve that Hype had at his… More »

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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…
Tom Breihan | September 5, 2013 - 8:53 am

Watch Taco Bell’s Passion Pit Documentary

As you may recall, about one year ago Taco Bell released a commercial featuring the Passion Pit song "Take A Walk." Some fans criticized the…
Liz Pelly | August 25, 2013 - 8:41 pm

Watch Passion Pit Cover Fun’s “Carry On”

In a live session for VEVO, Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos did a piano cover of fun.'s "Carry On" backed by four female singers. The…
Claire Lobenfeld | July 12, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Portugal. The Man – “Purple Yellow Red & Blue (Passion Pit Remix)”

Remix kingpins Passion Pit have flipped Portugal. The Man's track "Purple Yellow Red & Blue" from the recent Danger Mouse-produced LP Evil Friends. The original…
Claire Lobenfeld | July 9, 2013 - 3:48 pm

Photos: Free Press Summer Fest ’13

Free Press Summer Fest returned to Houston over the weekend, hosting acts like the Postal Service, Bassnectar, Iggy & The Stooges, Passion Pit, and more.
Stereogum | June 3, 2013 - 3:38 pm

Boston Calling Announces Fall Festival Headlined By Vampire Weekend & Passion Pit

When the weather is right, there are few places in this country that cultivate a vibe of outdoor-festival revelry quite like Boston. And given the…
Amrit Singh | May 28, 2013 - 8:54 am

Hangout 2013 Friday: Kings Of Leon, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, & More

The first considerations when attending a music festival on the beach are sartorial. Do you opt for filp-flops to facilitate the inevitable footwear removal and…
Chris DeVille | May 18, 2013 - 3:59 pm

Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos Awarded For Mental Health Awareness Efforts

Last month at the Erasing the Stigma Leadership Awards, Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos was awarded the Beatrice Stern Media Award, described as an award…
Liz Pelly | May 4, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Passion Pit – “It’s Not My Fault (Hands Remix)”

Both the world-beating, Coachella-resplendent Passion Pit and the world-entering, ascendant Hands have a had busy time in Southern California these past few weeks. I can…
Amrit Singh | April 22, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Coachella 2013 Friday: Blur, Modest Mouse, Grinderman, & More

“It’s the homeland!” one of the girls on the hotel shuttle yelped as we neared the festival. It really begged the question -- who is…
Claire Lobenfeld | April 13, 2013 - 2:11 pm

Passion Pit – “Cry Like A Ghost” Video

The directing team of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, known collectively as DANIELS, are among the brightest and most reliable entities making music videos today,…
Tom Breihan | March 27, 2013 - 11:37 am

Passion Pit – “Constant Conversations (Juicy J Remix)”

This combination makes no sense at all, which is why it makes all the sense in the world: Unhinged Three 6 Mafia goofball rap libertine…
Tom Breihan | February 28, 2013 - 12:54 pm

Passion Pit – “Carried Away” Video

Something that's become increasingly apparent in the months since Passion Pit dropped sophomore album Gossamer: Passion Pit are really good at making music videos! Their…
Tom Breihan | February 14, 2013 - 9:05 am

Passion Pit, Icona Pop @ Madison Square Garden, NYC 2/8/13

Despite Friday’s blizzard, Passion Pit played Madison Square Garden in support of their Gossamer tour. Icona Pop and Matt & Kim opened the show, and…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | February 11, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Passion Pit – “Carried Away (Tiësto Remix)” Video

The cheesed-out trance-master and ridiculously well-paid human being Tiësto recently worked his magic on Passion Pit's gleaming Gossamer gem "Carried Away," and you can probably…
Tom Breihan | January 22, 2013 - 9:14 am

Stream St. Vincent, Passion Pit, Feist Breaking Dawn 2 Tracks

The newest Twilight is out -- it's getting decent reviews, truth be told -- and it's complete with the usual star-studded soundtrack. Head below to…
Corban Goble | November 15, 2012 - 10:23 am

Passion Pit – “Constant Conversations (Chrome Canyon Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Sci-fi keyboard funk artist Chrome Canyons add a little speed and bounce to Passion Pit's "Constant Conversations" for their remix of the track. Also, they…
Corban Goble | November 7, 2012 - 12:12 pm

Watch Passion Pit Play SNL

This past weekend, Passion Pit passed yet another career milestone, serving as musical guests on the Christina Applegate-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live. The band…
Tom Breihan | October 15, 2012 - 8:56 am

MusicfestNW 2012 In Photos

Yesterday, Portland’s MusicFestNW wrapped up five days of concerts at over a dozen venues throughout the city. Among the acts who performed were Passion Pit,…
Stereogum | September 10, 2012 - 4:15 pm