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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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Hot Chip, Passion Pit, Omar Souleyman @ Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood 9/9/12

It was a picture perfect evening at the Hollywood Bowl for the KCRW World Music Festival series as the trio of Hot Chip, Passion Pit,…
Andrew Youssef | September 10, 2012 - 12:39 pm

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…
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…
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
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…
Tom Breihan | August 1, 2012 - 10:46 am

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…
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…
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
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
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…
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…
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…
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."…
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…
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'…
Amrit Singh | October 24, 2011 - 6:19 pm