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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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Phoenix/Passion Pit @ Central Park Summerstage, NYC 9/26/09

As advertised, Phoenix treated Central Park's Summerstage to two sold-out nights of their danceable and occasionally epic insouciance this past weekend. The lineup was a…
Amrit Singh | September 28, 2009 - 11:18 am

Monolith 2009 In Photos

While we were rocking the Catskills, enjoying what Wayne Coyne said was “the greatest collection of underground music ever assembled,” dozens of other great indie…
Scott Lapatine | September 15, 2009 - 5:42 pm

Reading & Leeds Festivals 2009 In Photos

This past weekend, bill-sharing fellows Reading and Leeds were tasked with distracting a nation still reeling from the death of its Oasis. Their secret weapons…
Scott Lapatine | August 31, 2009 - 12:40 am

Lollapalooza 2009 Wrap-Up

If you weren't talking about the weather in Grant Park this weekend, you weren't in Grant Park this weekend. And really that would've been a…
Amrit Singh | August 9, 2009 - 3:11 pm

Diesel:U:Music Feat. Clipse, Kanye, Lykke Li, Roots, Passion Pit @ Webster Hall, NYC 7/30/09

Last fall Diesel celebrated its 30th birthday in Brooklyn with a concert by N.E.R.D., Franz Ferdinand, T.I., and a very pregnant M.I.A. So expectations for…
Scott Lapatine | July 31, 2009 - 5:27 pm

Passion Pit Make Some MySpace Transmissions

Already hitting a boat, the clubs, and most recently, Jimmy Fallon, the Cambridge, Mass synth-poppers performed stripped-down takes on Manners and Chunk Of Change tracks…
brandon | July 31, 2009 - 1:43 pm

Passion Pit Bring “The Reeling” To Fallon

The Massachusetts synth-pop outfit has taken its Manners pretty much everywhere this year -- in the club, on a boat, etc. -- but until last…
Amrit Singh | July 30, 2009 - 1:17 pm

New Passion Pit Video – “To Kingdom Come”

After Passion PIt impressed doubters and synth-pop lovers and graphic designers alike with the early release of their video for "The Reeling," it is simply…
Amrit Singh | July 17, 2009 - 10:07 am

Passion Pit Remix Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Though Karen's "Off with your head" evokes Alice In Wonderland, the "Heads Will Roll" video played on the spooky synthesizer line via a well-dressed and…
brandon | July 1, 2009 - 1:58 pm

Sasquatch! 2009 In Photos

Everybody loves Memorial Day weekend, but nobody loves Memorial Day weekend like those that make it to Sasquatch! As friends have returned from their treks…
Amrit Singh | May 29, 2009 - 9:25 am

Passion Pit On A Motherfucking Boat, NYC 5/18/09

Last night Passion Pit celebrated their debut LP release by cruising New York Harbor on the Rocks Off boat cruise. Rest assured the event was…
Scott Lapatine | May 19, 2009 - 11:46 am

Passion Pit Give Themselves A Club Mix

Drummer Nate Donmoyer’s “The Reeling” remix is a goof (it’s titled Shuttle’s Super Club Mega Mix ’99) but that doesn’t mean you can’t dance to…
Scott Lapatine | May 15, 2009 - 1:19 pm

Calvin Harris Remixes Passion Pit

We're already two solid listens into Passion Pit's debut LP Manners, which means, in promo-cycle terms, it is peak time for the remixes that nobody…
Amrit Singh | April 29, 2009 - 9:43 am

New Passion Pit – “Moth’s Wings”

If you're behind on your RSS, you missed the collective realization that Passion Pit are appearing as more than a one-hit-EP wonder, when Scott highlighted…
Amrit Singh | April 27, 2009 - 4:58 pm

The ‘Gum Drop LXXXV: Hear New Blank Dogs, Win A Turntable & Passion Pit Prize Pack

Incorporating a few releases with relatively bigger labels into his extensive discography of limited-edition 12"'s, 7"'s, etc., Brooklyn BTW Blank Dogs is quite literally getting…
brandon | April 22, 2009 - 9:50 am

New Passion Pit Video – “The Reeling”

Although the Cambridge quintet was pretty green when Amrit and I checked out its Pianos residency last summer, kids were going apeshit for Passion Pit's…
Scott Lapatine | April 20, 2009 - 6:45 pm

Passion Pit Play Rockville, Release New Single

They're from the wrong coast, but if ever a band were built for Josh Schwartz's indie-rock web soap Rockville, CA, at least one of them…
brandon | March 24, 2009 - 10:00 am

Passion Pit, Lykke Li Booked For O.C. Dude’s Indie Rock Web Soap

Remember when Death Cab For Cutie played at The Bait Shop? Well, now Josh Schwartz is bringing that same kind of MAGIC to the internet…
Scott Lapatine | February 24, 2009 - 2:57 pm

New Ra Ra Riot – “Ghost Under Rocks (Passion Pit Remix)”

It's a match made in blog heaven, these two getting together on a track like this: "Ghost Under Rocks" sees Ra Ra Riot at the…
Amrit Singh | January 26, 2009 - 4:20 pm

The BBC Names 2009’s Most Likely Breakout Acts

It's an annual thing, this BBC list. Last year they bestowed the top three slots upon Adele, Duffy, and the Ting Tings. So, music supervisors…
Amrit Singh | January 9, 2009 - 12:59 pm