Passion Pit, Paper Route, Cale Parks | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Passion Pit, Paper Route, Cale Parks Recommended Member Picks Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Tue., Jan. 27, 9 p.m. 2009

Passion Pit began as Michael Angelakos’s one-man recording project, and his debut EP, Chunk of Change, was in its earliest form a belated Valentine’s prezzie for his very special lady. Since then it’s been reissued by Frenchkiss with two extra songs—one of which, “Sleepyhead,” has spawned an avalanche of remixes in the blogosphere—and Passion Pit has grown into a five-piece keyboard-heavy live band. The EP is hard-core cutesy-cute post-Postal Service saptronica, irresistible with its shitty hand claps and seamless synth chug, as full of fey, strung-out nerd-boy passion as the Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” cassingle. Angelakos sings in a cracked falsetto, like he’s going through puberty or getting over a wasting disease, and pours out his feelings about his lover’s love, their best-friendship, their high-test alliance—and what feelings they are. If he weren’t completely going for it and selling it with such conviction, this record would be a sentimental mess instead of relentless charmer. Paper Route and Cale Parks of Aloha open. —Jessica Hopper

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