Passion Pit Frontman Cancels Tour to Work On Improving His Mental Health

After announcing the release of its upcoming album, Gossamer, and unveiling the new single “Take A Walk” (see below), dance-pop-rock band Passion Pit have cancelled their forthcoming tour due to the lead singer Michael Angelakos’ mental health (read his full statement below). The band’s other upcoming tour dates, beginning on August 2 at House of Blues in Chicago, are still on at press time. Here’s wishing Angelakos a speedy recovery.

Hello all,

On behalf of the band and myself, I would like to greatly apologize for the show cancelations. In order for me to ensure that there will be no further disruptions, I am going to take the time to work on improving my mental health. For now, I’d like to thank all of our fans for their understanding. I hope to see all of you very soon in a much different light.

The tour page on our website currently reflects all upcoming tour dates.

With love,

Michael

7-16 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
7-17 Knoxville, TN – The Valarium
7-19 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
7-20 Norfok, VA – The Norva
7-21 Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival
7-23 New York, NY – Apollo Theater

8-02 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
8-03 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
8-05 Montreal, Quebec – Osheaga Festival
8-07 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
8-08 Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
8-09 Salt Lake City, UT – Twilight Concert Series
8-10 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Music Festival
8-18 Tokyo, Japan – SummerSonic
8-19 Osaka, Japan – SummerSonic
8-21 Singapore, Singapore – Esplanade
8-24 Reading, England – Reading Festival
8-25 Leeds, England – Leeds Festival
8-26 Paris, France – Rock en Seine Festival
9-03 Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot
9-05-06 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
9-09 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
9-11 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
9-12 Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Convention Center
9-14 Arlington, TX – College Park Center
9-15 Austin, TX – The Backyard
9-29 Brisbane, Australia – Parklife Festival
9-30 Sydney, Australia – Centennial Park
10-01 Perth, Australia – Parklife Festival
10-06 Melbourne, Australia – Parklife Festival
10-07 Adelaide, Australia – Parklife Festival
10-18 Raleigh, NC – Disco Rodeo
10-19 Charleston, SC – Music Farm
10-20 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10-22 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
10-23 Hollywood, FL – ArtsPark Amphitheatre
10-26 Oxford, MS – The Lyric
10-27 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
10-29 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
11-01 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
11-02 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
11-03 Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion
11-06 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE

Third Annual Together Festival Kicks Off with Impressive Lineup

When it comes to U.S. cities, Detroit, New York, Chicago and Miami are the first that come to mind when it comes to dance music.

But Boston – known primarily for its rock glitterati like Aerosmith, the Pixies, The Cars and, well, um, Boston – has quietly built its own solid EDM scene over the past couple decades, thanks to stalwarts like Steve Porter, Hot Pink Delorean, Passion Pit and Soul Clap, among others.

With one of the nation’s largest college populations, Boston’s dance scene has exploded in recent years and has become a key stop for international stars and underground icons alike – whether its Deadmau5 selling out four straight nights at House of Blues, Deathface invading goth club Machine, Legowelt spinning the renowned Make It New parties at Middlesex Lounge or Tiësto quietly slipping into the intimate Bijou, as he did last week.

This week, the third annual Together festival kicks off with another impressive lineup that includes Dubfire, Starkey, Nero, Poirier, Todd Edwards, Dillon Francis, Photek, Feed Me, Kill the Noise and RJD2, among many others. In addition to more than 40 parties and concerts, the week-long festival also includes panel discussions, film showings, art exhibits and workshops.

This year, the festival is based in Central Square in Boston’s sister city, Cambridge, while events are spread over both cities. With a great mix of large rave-type parties, cozy lounge sets and industry mixers, it’s become a nice addition to the U.S. festival calendar that falls conveniently after the mayhem of South by Southwest in Austin and Miami’s massive Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival.

Check out live DJs spinning from the Together Center here: or get the entire lineup, travel and hotel info and free downloads on Together’s web site.

Passion Pit / Manners (Frenchkiss)

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In this age of instant gratification and blog leaks, there are some cool kids who think this Boston band has already jumped the shark.

Yes, their 2008 single “Sleepyhead” was awesome and brought them international buzz. But this full-length debut—which includes the aforementioned single—is at worst awesome and at best one of the most impressive indie debuts of the year, regardless of how some keyboard-glued hipsters think they should sound. The single “The Reeling” is every bit the electro pop anthem you’d expect if you haven’t been able to shake “Sleepyhead” from your head. But the depth of this release proves they’re no one-hit blog anomaly. Synths, chimes, strings, kick-and-snare drum loops and gorgeous melodies collide throughout and are brought to life with vocalist Michael Angelakos’ high-end harmonies. Every densely-layered track is a digital pop adventure—whether it’s the pensive “Swimming in the Flood,” the soft rock touch of “Eyes As Candles” or the Britpop jangle of “Let Your Love Grow Tall.” And best of all, it doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not.

Dave Wedge
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