Photo Gallery: Passion Pit at Pearl Street, Northampton, MA 4/16/12

words and photos by Diana Guay | Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Despite no new record to speak of, Passion Pit has a steady 2012 tour schedule set through August that even includes a stop at Lollapalooza. Fans packed into Northampton’s Pearl Street Ballroom on April 16th, making for a sweaty evening of twenty-something hipsters dancing and singing along with enigmatic falsetto-vocalist Michael Angelakos’s lyrics.

The brand of electro-pop music Passion Pit creates infuses a modern danceable disco beat with soaring, infectious melodies. Fans were not disappointed in the setlist as they played such tracks as “Moth’s Wings,” “Sleepyhead,” “The Reeling,” and To Kingdom Come. The crowd didn’t even slow down when Angelakos teased them with a new song. Their brief two-song encore ended the night with fan favorite “Little Secrets.”

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Afro-jam band EMEFE opened the night with a short 30-minute set that got the crowd going. The 12-piece band features an impressive array of instruments including horns, guitars, bass, drums, keyboard, kekere, and congas. Though the set was mostly instrumental, a singer emerged towards the end of their set and brought the house down with soulful vocals.

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