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Passion Pit (formed 2007)
Passion Pit is an American Indie Electronica band from Cambridge, Massachusetts who are best known for their singles Sleepyhead and Take a Walk. Michael Angelakos is the sole member (lead singer, keyboards), whilst musicians Chris Hartz (drummer), Aaron Harrison Folb (bassist/synthesizers), Giuliano Pizzulo (guitarist/synthesizers), Pete Cafarella (synthesizers) and Ray Suen (guitarist/synthesizers) join him when performing live. 

Formation: Originally Angelakos wrote and performed all his material by himself using a laptop up until his first solo show in Boston - after this, Ian Hultquist of Berklee College of Music approached him and asked to form a group with the two of them and Ayad Al Adhamy, Thom Plasse (bass), and Adam Lavinsky (drums). Jeff Apruzzese and Nate Donmoyer replaced Plasse and Lavinsky in 2008, and by 2012, Adhamy was replaced by Xander Singh. 

Musical career: The first Passion Pit songs, which would later become the Chunk of Change EP, were written by Angelakos at Emerson College as a belated Valentine's Day gift to his then-girlfriend. At first, he wrote and performed all his material alone using a laptop. After one of his solo shows in the Boston area, Ian Hultquist, who was attending Berklee College of Music at the time, approached Angelakos and expressed interest in creating and playing music collaboratively.[4] They formed a group that consisted of Angelakos, Hultquist, Ayad Al Adhamy, Thom Plasse (bass), and Adam Lavinsky (drums). The band spent a considerable amount of time trying to flesh out a collaborative format and structure that would work best for them. Jeff Apruzzese and Nate Donmoyer joined the band shortly after they signed to Frenchkiss in 2008, replacing Plasse and Lavinsky, respectively.[5][6] In 2012, Adhamy was replaced by Xander Singh.

Passion Pit released their debut EP Chunk of Change on September 16, 2008. The band was then selected as "Best New Local Act in 2008" in the WFNX/Boston Phoenix best music poll. "Sleepyhead", the only single released from the EP and included in the band's 2009 album Manners, was well publicised while the video for the song, directed by The Wilderness, was included on Pitchfork's Top 40 Music Videos of 2008 list. The song also featured on the TV series Skins and on the Playstation 3 exclusive game LittleBigPlanet 2. Other songs, such as "Cuddle Fuddle" and "I've Got Your Number" were featured in E4's television series The Inbetweeners and used in a UK advert from O2. 

Manners, the group's first full-length studio album came out on May 18th 2009 in the UK and May 19, 2009 in the United States and Canada. "Let Your Love Grow Tall", although never being released as a single, had some popularity through its feature on the TV series Ugly Betty. The song "Moth's Wings" was used in a number of television programmes, for example the teen drama Gossip Girl, HBO's Big Love and Sky Sports coverage of the UEFA Champions League. 

2009 saw Passion Pit perform at the Glastonbury Festival. A year later, they supported Muse on part of their tour, and went on to headline the Campus Consciousness Tour aiming to promote environmentally-friendly lifestyles. 

On May 7, 2012, the first track from the group's new album Gossamer was released, called "Take a Walk", and became one of the band's most successful singles - later being voted  by the listeners of Australia's alternative radio station Triple J Hottest 100 into number 46 of the hottest 100 tracks for the year. The album later launched on July 20th 2012. 

It was announced in 2013 that the band would be headlining the first ever "Coastline Festival" in Florida with Two Door Cinema Club and Matt & Kim. In September of that year Passion Pit released the Constant Conversations EP.

In April 2015 Passion Pit released their latest record entitled Kindred. 



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Passion Pit Frontman Michael Angelakos Comes Out As Gay


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The 28 year old indie rock musician announced he and his stylist wife Kristy Mucci were divorcing after two years of marriage in August (15), and in a new interview with author Bret Easton Ellis - which aired on Monday (09Nov15), Michael claimed his marital troubles stemmed from his distorted view of himself.

"It's always been about putting it off in my head - not consciously," he said of his sexual preference. "When you’re teetering on the edge of heterosexuality or homosexuality and you don’t know what’s going on, it’s just so comfortable to keep coming back to what you know. That person’s not going to question you.”

The Little Secrets singer and his former partner Kristy have been through a lot together and she even rescued him from suicide in 2011, as he attempted to end his life by jumping out of an apartment window.

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2015 Rock And Roll Wine Amplified

Passion Pit - 2015 Rock and Roll Wine Amplified at Las Vegas Village at Las Vegas Village - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Friday 9th October 2015

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Michael Angelakos Files For Divorce


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Editors at the New York Post report the Little Secrets hitmaker, who has often spoken of his battle with substance abuse and bipolar disorder, has begun legal proceedings which are being contested by Mucci so could lead to a complex and drawn out process, including a court trial.

In an interview with Pitchfork.com, Angelakos revealed how in 2011 Mucci had foiled a suicide attempt, saying, "I attempted to jump out the window of our apartment, and she tackled me to the floor. I was paranoid, I thought my career was over."

The singer later dedicated a song on the band's album Kindred to his wife for helping him through his problems.

Made In America Trailer


Made in America Festival is an annual music event founded by rapper and businessman Jay-Z in 2012. Following its inaugural year, it was announced to take place in Los Angeles for the later events and its arrival has since become an important symbol of unity. Jay-Z created the festival in a bid to join together musicians of all genres, creeds and cultures to emphasise the bond between music-lovers regardless of any animosity that may have existed between hip hop artists, rock artists and pop artists in the past. It is an attempt to build a world of peace and diversity because, in the words of Run DMC star Darryl McDaniels, 'Music succeeds where politics and religion fail'.

'Made In America' is a music documentary based on the new festival of the same name founded by Jay-Z who is also the movie's executive producer. It has been directed by double Oscar winner Ron Howard ('The Da Vinci Code', 'Apollo 13', 'Rush', 'A Beautiful Mind') and features behind-the-scenes clips and interviews of various music superstars including Run DMC, Rita Ora, Kanye West, Janelle Monáe, Tyler The Creator, Skrillex, Santigold and The Hives. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for 'Outstanding Television Documentary' at the Black Reel Awards.

Made In America is available on VOD and DVD 19 May 2014

Passion Pit And Two Door Cinema Club To Play At Coastline Festival 2013


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Florida's Coastline Festival 2013 is set to arrive in less than two weeks, bringing with it a handful of the recent indie and rock sensations as well as great beer and great food.

The festival will hit the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on November 9th 2013 before moving to the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm on the 10th. It describes itself as a 'A Musiculinary Experience' - and that it certainly will be with an absolutely stellar line-up led by Massachusetts' Passion Pit, whose second album Gossamer was in the top five on the US Album Chart last year, and Irish collective Two Door Cinema Club who topped their Nation's charts with their sophomore release.

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Passion Pit Play Dj Shows After Storm Disaster


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Rockers Passion Pit played three Dj sets over the weekend after a thunderstorm wrecked their instruments.

The group was due to headline the North Coast festival in Chicago, Illinois on Friday (30Aug13) but their equipment was ruined when gale-force winds blew away protective tarpaulins.

The enterprising band decided the show must go on, so they performed a Dj set instead - and then repeated their feat at concerts in Edmonton and Calgary, Canada, on Saturday (31Aug13) and Sunday (01Sep13) respectively.

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A Week In Music - David Bowie Blasphemes, Daft Punk New Album Comes Early, Low Still Set The Bar High


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David Bowie, Marion Cotillard & Gary Oldman in The Next Day

A Week in Videos… Gary Oldman AND David Bowie in one video? It’s happened, with the Thin White Duke revealing his controversial new video for his comeback album’s title-track, The Next Day. There’s plenty of blasphemous imagery going about, with Marion Cotillard's character receiving the stigmata on her hands and Bowie himself looking like Jesus Christ, as various decrepit clergy men enjoy a sleazy bar with all the ill-reputed sorts that usually occupy such a place. See what you think.

Vampire Weekend’s new album’s pretty great and this single off it is pretty great too. This is just the lyric video so not too much happens visually however, it gives you a chance to hear one of the lead tracks from their album Modern Vampires In The City. With the anticipation surrounding that album's release, and the generally decent feedback given to the album so far, it is expected that the band will perform particularly well on the album charts.

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Performs On Stage With The Sheepdog At The 12th Annual Indies Awards During The 2012 Slacker Canadian Music Week.

Passion Pit - Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit Saturday 24th March 2012 performs on stage with The Sheepdog at the 12th Annual Indies Awards during the 2012 Slacker Canadian Music Week.

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Performing At The Fillmore Miami Beach At The Jackie Gleason Theater

Passion Pit Sunday 13th June 2010 performing at the Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater Miami Beach, Florida

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UK Film Premiere Of Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' Held At The Odeon, Leicester Square - Arrivals

Passion Pit and Michael Jackson Wednesday 28th October 2009 UK film premiere of Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' held at the Odeon, Leicester Square - Arrivals London, England

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