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Out: From the MFA to the Pavilion, Passion Pit return to Boston

When Passion Pit were conceived five years ago out of an Emerson College dorm, the result of a Valentine's Day gift of love songs Michael Angelakos crafted for his then-girlfriend, electro-pop really hadn't yet taken hold of popular alternative music.
Getting ’Pitted  
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  June 29, 2012
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Layering pop with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

First impressions are everything, whether you're looking for a job, a date, or coming across a band for the first time — particularly one with a goofy-ass name that's made you ignore them for months.
Boy racers
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  December 16, 2011
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David Lynch | Crazy Clown Time

Psychically separating Crazy Clown Time from David Lynch's peerless filmmaking legacy is sort of like guzzling Lynch's signature brand of coffee until overstimulation compels you to write Twin Peaks fan-fic erotica staring Agent Cooper and the Log Lady,
Sunday Best Recordings (2011)
By  |  October 29, 2011
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Ritualz | Ghost Ass Witch

A genre of music based in darkness is always the most sensitive to light, especially the kind of illumination that comes from the scorching laser beam of pop-culture attention.
Self-released (2011)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 25, 2011
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Exploring the frosty electronic pleasures of Brahms

Naming your band after a mighty musical figure whose work has preceded your group's by almost a couple of centuries takes some moxie, but don't mistake this choice for hubris. It's not quite a tribute, says Brahms's Cale Parks, but rather a way to chann
Digital symphony
By REYAN ALI  |  February 25, 2011

The Hundred in the Hands | The Hundred in the Hands

Eye-rolling hipsterdom may have reached new heights with Brooklyn boy/girl duo the Hundred in the Hands, who lifted their moniker from the Fetterman Massacre of 1866.
Warp Records (2010)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 22, 2010


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Love by the numbers

Khaela Maricich, of the Portland, Oregon-based, low-budget electro-pop group the Blow, and Britain’s dauntingly young and talented folk star Laura Marling don’t, frankly, deserve to be lumped together like this.
The Blow and Laura Marling make their cases at SPACE Gallery
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 07, 2010
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Hot Chip | One Life Stand

Four albums into a career that appeared to begin as an art-school goof, Hot Chip look more likely than any of their peers to ascend one day to the intellectual electro-pop heights of Pet Shop Boys or Scritti Politti.
Astralwerks (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 19, 2010