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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

3/30: Passion Pit/Mayer Hawthorne at HOB

Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 2:18 PM

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 (308 Euclid Ave., 216.523.2583) 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

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