Passion Pit – Bowery Ballroom – June 19-20, 2009

June 21st, 2009

Passion Pit - Bowery Ballroom - June 20, 2009

Passion Pit’s polished performance at The Bowery Ballroom last Friday delivered the upbeat electro-pop that the group’s growing fan base has come to adore. The intimate venue served Passion Pit well. The group commanded the small space to draw in the mixed crowd of diehards and newbie fans. The set list similarly, and wisely, played to the mixed constituents in the crowd, alternating between überpopular songs like “Better Things” (with which they opened) and “Sleepyhead,” and lesser-known or newer jams like “The Reeling,” the first single off the band’s upcoming debut full-length album, Manners. The impossibly and impressively high-pitched voice of Michael Angelakos (lead vocals and keyboards) remained crisp and consistent throughout the set, and the enthusiasm and energy pulsating from keyboardist Ian Hultquist and samplist and synth master Ayad Al Adhamy engaged the crowd in a ballroom-wide dance party. The five merry men of Passion Pit rarely stopped smiling throughout the show, and their obvious enjoyment of the music set the tone for the crowd to follow. —Theo Spielberg

Photos (from 6/20) courtesy of Gregg Greenwood |