Thursday, December 16, 2010
Passion Pit at the Hollywood Palladium
After tackling the herculean task of opening arenas for Muse, Passion Pit returned for another Southern California swing supporting their album Manners at the Hollywood Palladium for an impressive dance party.
Pepper Rabbit unfurled a crowd pleasing set of their off kilter folk pop replete with ukulele. Their debut album Beauregard on Kanine records has been slowly building a nice buzz. Rumor has it that they will have another new album in 2011 and will continue to tour.
It was not surprising to see We Barbarians slay another crowd just as they did in Pomona. The Long Beach based locals released a highly overlooked debut album There's This There's That and have a new seven inch vinyl released on the label run by Matt Maust of Cold War Kids.
Mister Heavenly had tons of buzz due to the addition of actor Michael Cera on Vox Phantom bass. A super group to start with consisting of Honus Honus of Man Man, Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse and Nick Thorburn of Islands recently signed to Sub Pop records. While I wasn't too familiar with their tunes, the band sounded fairly solid given it was roughly their fourth gig. Wonder if they make it onto the Coachella bill.
Armed with tons of synthesizers, and Michael Angelakos's sky high falsetto, Passion Pit threw a high energy dance party from the moment they hit the stage. Having released their album Manners in May of 2009, it is impressive that Passion Pit can still tour and fill theaters off an album a year and a half old. The crowd was dancing all night to songs like "The Reeling", "Little Secrets" and their requisite show closer "Sleepyhead".