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Passion Pit remix SomeKindaWonderful's 'Reverse' -- EXCLUSIVE


Sometimes, inspiration is a tiny seed that hibernates until it blossoms, fed slowly but steadily by patience and luck. And sometimes it’s a thing that happens a few hours after a bunch of dudes meet in a bar in Cleveland.

That second scenario is pretty much how SomeKindaWonderful‘s “Reverse” which recently took the #1 most-played song spot on SiriusXM Alt Nation and is sneaking up the playlists of rock-radio stations across the country, came to be. Now the band’s breakout track has a brand-new remix by Passion Pit, available exclusively on — listen below: READ FULL STORY

Hear Passion Pit remix Claire's new single 'Games' -- EXCLUSIVE


No better way to start the day than with a remix, right?

Right: The new single “Games” from rising Munich-based indie quintet Claire has been given the treatment by Passion Pit, and you can hear it exclusively here.

The group has already played shows with Chrvches and Bastille overseas, and are scheduled to make their U.S. debut in New York next month; get a jump on their sound below:


Olympic Playlist of the Day from curler Chris Plys

As the 2010 Winter Olympics winds down in Vancouver, wanted to find out what music is inspiring US athletes. So we asked a variety of Olympic competitors what song (or playlist of songs) they’ll be grooving to before they compete.

Chris Plys, Curling (the sport is on USA, CNBC and MSNBC today). You may remember Twittering Chris as our first Olympic Stud of the Day!

“Drumsticks” by Doomtree
“Champion” by Brother Ali
Dixon’s Girl by Dessa
“Hand Over Fist” by Mike Mictlan + Lazerbeak
“Guarantees” by Atmosphere
“Sleepyhead” by Passion Pit

Of the final track, Plys says it’s “just one of those songs that gets me goin’. All of Passion Pits’ stuff is just a little different and being a musician myself I am always lookin’ for something unique that can get my mind going.”

Sasquatch 2010: MGMT, Vampire Weekend, and My Morning Jacket join Pavement

With festival season heading into full swing, Sasquatch—the indie music madness that takes place at the Gorge in George, Washington over Memorial Day weekend each year—announced the line-up for its festivities this year. According to, MGMT, Vampire Weekend (at left), and My Morning Jacket are the biggest acts to join the line-up, which includes the previously announced headliner,Pavement. The acts were announced at a show held at the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle last night.

Also signed on: Broken Social Scene, the National, the Hold Steady, Band of Horses, the xx, Dirty Projectors, Passion Pit, Miike Snow, Ween, Public Enemy, Tegan & Sara, LCD Soundsystem, and Massive Attack.

Who’s missing, Music Mixers? Will you be gearing up for Sasquatch 2010? If you could choose one late-add (or several!), who would it be?

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mtvU Woodie Awards: College students vote their favorite artists (Kings of Leon! Matt and Kim!) of 2009

The 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards penetrate dorm-room televisions this Friday night. Now, mtvU is a campus-only cable network, so this awards show is targeted to those seeking higher education: i.e., it is something kids watch before leaving their rooms, finding a party and making some questionable decisions.

So if you wanna know what your missing,  here it is: Woodies are golden logs given to musicians based upon student votes from across the country. According to MTV, the Woodies give us the pulse of the trend-setting campus crowd. Some of the featured artists at the ’09 Woodies are indeed of the up-and-coming variety—Passion Pit, Never Shout Never—and some were alt-music standbys present, like Death Cab for Cutie, Jack White and Clipse. But there was one thing I know for certain: You should question the indie cred of any show that provides two separate bottles of hair product on every sink in the bathroom.

All questions of “alternative-ness” aside, however, the performances were top notch. The show’s fantastic kickoff featured moving cameras following the Brooklyn duo Matt and Kim as they biked through the heart of Manhattan (in real time) and into the Roseland Ballroom, where they hopped off their bikes and jumped right into singing their college-radio hit “Lessons Learned” as audiences cheered along.

You might remember that song from its infamous music video—the indie twosome walk through Times Square shedding layers of clothing until they are completely nekkid in front of droves of gawking tourists. But in case you forgot:


Passion Pit: The next big indie-rock breakout band?

Passion Pit have released a trippy-cool new video for "The Reeling," confirming what I have long suspected: the electro-rock quintet are poised to be one of the year’s big indie breakouts. Lead singer Michael Angelakos’ near-falsetto could draw comparisons to MGMT, for better or for worse. I say better. People who liked OracularSpectacular should find plenty to like in both "The Reeling" and"Sleepyhead," two tracks that will appear on the group’s forthcoming album Manners, due May 19.

Passion Pit’s Chunk of Change EP created some fervent chatter in the blogosphere when it was released last year. Internet hype or not, I haven’t been this jazzed about a band in ages. And as much as I enjoy the catchy exuberance of "Sleepyhead," their new song "The Reeling" is much more sophisticated. The way all the differentelements of the song — the vocals, synths, samples, bass, drums, and more — coalesce proves they’ve already streamlined their sound, but have still maintained the most crucialelement: a killer hook. Oh, and that keyboard bit toward the endabsolutely slays me. (That’s a good thing!) Peter Bjorn and John’s "Nothingto Worry About" can step aside, I’ve found my new go-to electro-jam. Watch the videos for bothtunes below and decide: will indie darlings Passion Pit be one of 2009’s big breakoutbands?

Passion Pit: "The Reeling"

Passion Pit: "Sleepyhead"

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