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Outside Lands 2012 In Photos

Over the weekend, thousands of fans flocked to this year’s Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park. Overcast and chilly weather was offset by the fire from the Metallica pyrotechnics and warm vibes from festival attendees. Neil Young & Crazy Horse turned up their guitars to close out Friday, Metallica blew everyone away with their hellfire… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / August 13, 2012 - 6:19 pm

Team Spirit – “Phenomenon” (Stereogum Premiere)

Team Spirit, the new band led by former Passion Pit keyboardist Ayad Al Adhamy, have a self-titled debut EP coming out. And below, you can listen to “Phenomenon,” a fired-up piece of guitar-dominated power-pop that sounds nothing whatsoever like Passion Pit. More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 7, 2012 - 5:22 pm

Lollapalooza 2012: M83, Passion Pit, Black Sabbath, & More

For Sunday’s recap and photos, click here.
For Saturday’s recap and photos, click here.
Friday’s recap below…

12:00 p.m. @ The Playstation Stage: First Aid Kit I eased into Lollapalooza’s chaos slowly, with an early set by First Aid Kit — two sisters, Klara and Johanna Soderberg, from Sweden, ages 18… More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 4, 2012 - 2:49 pm

Passion Pit – “Constant Conversations” Video

In some kind of nutso coup, Passion Pit recruited The Last Picture Show director Peter Bogdanovich, one of the greats of the ’70s golden era of American film, to star in their video for the elegant slow-jam “Constant Conversations.” Bogdanovich really only has a bit part in the video, which takes place at a high-society… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 1, 2012 - 10:46 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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 hi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 20, 2012 - 3:15 pm

Passion Pit – “I’ll Be Alright” Video

A little while ago, Vice ran a series of interviews with security guards at the Whitney Biennial, asking them what they thought of the pieces of contemporary art on display. That’s a subject I’ve long wondered about. And in their video for the dizzy single “I’ll Be Alright,” Passion Pit also tackle the question, after… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 18, 2012 - 2:09 pm

Passion Pit Cancel Tour

This morning, the world got its first legitimate listen to Gossamer, Passion Pit’s new record. That good news is tempered this afternoon, as the band’s lead singer Michael Angelakos is canceling their pre-Lolla summer dates due to some “mental health” issues. He posted this note of explanation:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 16, 2012 - 2:25 pm

Stream Passion Pit Gossamer

Passion Pit’s feverishly anticipated sophomore LP Gossamer arrives next week, and we’ve already spent some time with the early tracks “Take A Walk,” “I’ll Be Alright,” and “Constant Conversations.” Today, the entire album makes its way online. NPR has it streaming, and now we can finally hear how it stacks up to Manners. So let… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 16, 2012 - 9:30 am

Passion Pit – “Constant Conversations”

Passion Pit’s sophomore album Gossamer is on the way, and we’ve already heard the early tracks “Take A Walk” and “I’ll Be Alright,” both of which touch on very different ends of the band’s aesthetic spectrum. And now here’s yet another very different track: “Constant Conversations,” a sunny, patient piece of whiteboy soul. Give it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 9, 2012 - 2:02 pm

Passion Pit – “Take A Walk (The M Machine Remix)”

Here’s a remix of Passion Pit’s recent single “Take A Walk” by the M Machine, a SF-based production trio signed to Skrillex’s OWSLA label. The dance group opens up the track a little bit, making it a little more arena-ready and huge thanks to pulsating synthesizers. Hear it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / June 22, 2012 - 5:16 pm

Passion Pit – “Take A Walk” Video

Here’s the clip for Passion Pit’s first Gossamer single “Take A Walk,” a video from the perspective of a world-traveling, bouncing blue ball. It’s a collaboration with the Creators Project. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / June 14, 2012 - 9:02 am

Passion Pit – “I’ll Be Alright”

Last month, we heard the lead single to Passion Pit’s forthcoming Gossamer, a big pop march called “Take A Walk.” Now, the group has posted their second single, and it’s another shimmering, sample-heavy take. Stream it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / June 12, 2012 - 8:51 am

Watch Passion Pit Play The 2012 Webby Awards

Last night, during the Webby Awards, a nattily dressed Passion Pit came out (after a Patton Oswalt introduction) to perform their new single “Take A Walk.” Michael Angelakos’s hair, you’ll notice, no longer laughs in the face of gravity. Björk also showed up. She won the award for Artist Of The Year, and she made… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2012 - 10:09 am

Pearl Jam, Dirty Projectors, Passion Pit Added To Jay-Z’s Made In America

Via Pearl Jam’s press release, Pearl Jam, Passion Pit, Dirty Projectors will play Jay-Z’s Made In America fest which was announced last week. From the release:… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 21, 2012 - 5:52 pm

Passion Pit – “Take A Walk”

The joyous, crazy-popular synth-rockers Passion Pit are gearing up to release their sophomore album Gossamer this summer. This morning, first single “Take A Walk” hits the internet, and it’s a big, drippy, emotive track that talks about financial troubles and suburban alienation. Give it a listen below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 7, 2012 - 11:04 am

Passion Pit Gossamer Details

In a press release earlier today, Passion Pit announced that a new album will be out in July on Columbia. It’s called Gossamer and the Manners follow-up will be 12 tracks long. They’ve also got some new tour dates, which will likely contain some of the new jams, so scope those below. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 24, 2012 - 11:57 am

Secret Music – “T.O.Y.S.” Video

Ramshackle indie rock duo Secret Music builds their frenetic pop around simple, catchy synth or guitar lines, and that’s the basis of their single, “T.O.Y.S.” The video, directed by TV Carnage, piles up Jerry Springer clips, Full House snippets and lots of freaky-ass ventriloquist dummies. The song was produced by Passion Pit’s Ayad Al Adhamy. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 10, 2011 - 1:17 pm

Watch Passion Pit Do Two New Songs At Moogfest

For the Passion Pit faithful, and given the blown-out audio quality perhaps only for said faithful, here are live clips of two songs that will presumably appear on the band’s Manners followup:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 31, 2011 - 5:25 pm

CMJ 2011: Class Superlatives & Our Finest Photos

We’re on the other side of CMJ now, which you could probably tell by the uptick in the music news cycle, or by some bloggers’ (could be any bloggers, no way to know who I am talking about) bleary eyes and corresponding level of risibility. Stereogum threw a couple of parties early on, then shifted… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 24, 2011 - 6:19 pm

How Independent Rockers Celebrated #IndependenceDay

How did you celebrate July 4th? On a rooftop BBQ listening to our summer mix? Maybe you stayed in and watched old episodes of Hoarders on Roku? Maybe I stayed in and did that. There is no way to know. But all across this great country we do know there were fireworks to be see… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 5, 2011 - 1:07 am