Electric indie-pop band Passion Pit has taken a ride through the blogosphere. Their debut EP, Chunk of Change (French Kiss) spread infectiously through a web of indie blogs in 2008, eventually being noticed by hip-hop authority Kanye West, who praised the fat beats on their track “Cuddle Fuddle.” Passion Pit will take the stage at the Rapids Theater in Niagara Falls, for their second appearance in Western New York on Sunday (March 28). The band, based out of Boston but fronted by Buffalo native Mike Angelakos, payed their first visit to Buffalo last June to play in front of a sold out crowd on the cramped stage of Mohawk Place. By the end of their set fans were hanging from the ceiling, literally. Since then, Passion Pit’s debut LP, Manners (Columbia), with it’s 1980’s influenced drum pad tones and higher than falsetto vocals, has made many critic’s best of 2009 lists. The album goes beyond just catchy beats, as Angelakos belts out ironic and personal lyrics about down low drug use, same sex curiosity, and depression, cloaked by choruses of children singing and thick, sometimes Cure-like, synth lines. This time around their live set list will not deviate far from favorite tracks on Manners and Chunk Of Change, perhaps with the exception of a cover of The Cranberries’ song “Dreams.” Their cover of the song will appear on a reissue of Manners, along with stripped-down versions of “Sleepyhead” and “Moth’s Wings,” available April 13. L.A based hip-hop beat-maker Mayer Hawthorne will join Passion Pit for what will be their highly anticipated return to the Nickel City.
— cory perla
7pm. Rapids Theater, 1711 Main St. Niagara Falls (205-8925). $16-$18