Photo by David Andrako for Brooklyn Vegan
A collection of my favorite bands from the past two years gathered in Prospect Park to play what was, for all intents and purposes, my first outdoor show in New York City this year. It reminded me that outdoor shows are the cats pajamas, and we don't have nearly enough pajamas in the city that never sleeps. But Celebrate Brooklyn is trying their best to change the scene, with mostly free, and sometimes paid shows at the Prospect Park bandshell in the heart of the BK. As dusk turned to night, and sobriety turned to carefree, lackadaisical dancing, the superb bill kept the hits coming and the crowd jumping. Upvote!
The first band I saw was Suckers
, the delightful Modest Mouse-ish act that opened for Yeasayer at our double filming
in February. I was happy to see they haven't lost any of their panache.
Tokyo Police Club
played a nice balance of tunes from their albums and their EP (one of my favorites of all time, BTW). They did not play "Cheer It On" (which is basically their theme song, and my favorite), but I got over it.
And then the main event, Passion Pit
, just destroyed it. They were terrific. Lead singer Michael Angelakos hasn't lost a bit of his high-pitched charm, and the rest of the band was snappy as ever with their electronics. They played all the hits, including ending with arguably their biggest track, "Sleepyhead". It brought me back to the early days of Pit, listening to Chunk Of Change
on repeat, kind of like how I used to listen to A Lesson In Crime
over and over. Two albums that got me extremely excited about music, and both bands on an impressive trajectory to be making music for a long time.
Check out our own outdoor Passion Pit extravaganza, with show from the two other bands on this bill coming soon on Baeble!-joe puglisi
Passion Pit Set List [via BV
I've Got Your Number
Swimming in the Flood
To Kingdom Come
Let Your Love Grow Tall
Live to Tell the Tale
Folds in Your Hands
Smile Upon Me
Eyes as Candles
Dreams (The Cranberries cover)
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Concert:Passion Pit at Central Park
Suckers At Bowery Ballroom
Tokyo Police Club at The Studio at Webster Hall