Passion Pit, Matt & Kim, Icona Pop | UIC Pavilion | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Passion Pit, Matt & Kim, Icona Pop 

When: Fri., Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $35
Take a Walk,” the opening track from last year’s nearly perfect Gossamer (Columbia), is all you need to hear to understand why Passion Pit dominates the still-thriving subgenre of “quirky indie pop with lots of falsetto vocals.” Keyboardist and front man Michael Angelakos wrote what would become Passion Pit’s first songs in 2007 as a kind of corny Valentine’s gift for his girlfriend, and they swiftly attracted several Berklee-trained bandmates to the project—but somewhere along the way these guys hatched a way to parlay their music-school geekery into perfect pop for the hopeless bespectacled underdog in all of us. I’m sure much of Passion Pit’s success has to do with their technical wizardry—they’re impressively talented players, decorating their intricate, vibrant melodies with cartoonish electro zaps and squeals—but just as important is Angelakos’s skill with forlorn, evocative lyrics that balance out the band’s playfulness and sometimes fantastical candy-coated sheen. Like Manners, their debut, Gossamer is a little front-loaded, but “Take a Walk” is one of 2012’s best singles—its catchy, thumping chorus and morose, carnivalesque keyboard melodies soundtrack a bleak look at a crumbling existence where the only respite is just to hit the pavement. —Kevin Warwick Matt & Kim and Icona Pop open.

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