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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Passion Pit and Mayer Hawthorne

Posted By on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Passion Pit, hangin around
  • Passion Pit, hangin' around

Like Barry Gibb, Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos often works his girlie falsetto to ethereal heights. On Manners, the band’s debut album from last year, Angelakos bathes in an indie-disco shower that saturates his songs in some of the giddiest grooves produced this millennium. You can’t listen to Manners without breaking out a smile. Since the album’s release, Passion Pit have played just about every music fest, ended up on loads of year-end best-of lists and got tons of too-cool-for-you hipster kids shaking their hips. They’re swinging through the country again, this time playing bigger venues, which they’re promptly selling out. Be sure to get to tonight’s — yep, sold-out — House of Blues show early for opener Mayer Hawthorne, whose sexy, slinky 2009 debut, A Strange Arrangement, includes some serious blue-eyed soul. The record reveals a few seams — Hawthorne played all the instruments and produced — but the old-school R&B ache in his voice is the real deal. Like Passion Pit, Hawthorne opens indie-rock to glorious new possibilities. The concert starts at 8 p.m. —Michael Gallucci (follow me on Twitter @mgallucci)

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