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Passion Pit Featuring Special Guests Matt & Kim + Icona Pop

MSA & The Blue Note Present

Passion Pit Featuring Special Guests Matt & Kim + Icona Pop

at Jesse Auditorium

Mon, February 25, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$33 for Students $36 for Public

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Passion Pit
Passion Pit
Passion Pit returned to the stage in September with a co-headline performance at the fabled Hollywood Bowl, about which Variety Magazine raved, "Angelakos' voice is as divisive as it is stunning to behold -- a helium-soaked sonic weapon that is frequently pushed to the very apex of its register. On this evening, he was in top form, hitting notes with precision and infusing his melodies with a desperate emotional intensity."

Four months after the bands #4 Billboard chart debut with Gossamer, Passion Pit is seeing their first top 10 Alternative chart hit with "Take A Walk" (which currently is sitting at # 5.) Additionally, Passion Pit made their first TV appearance in support of Gossamer performing "Take A Walk" and the infectious album cut "Carried Away" on Saturday Night Live. Both tracks, along with the album, saw a spike in sales after the bands energetic performance this past weekend showing that in conjunction with prominent features and collaborations over the months - including including a synch in Obama's 100 Days Campaign, an original track on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 soundtrack and inclusion in the Brooks Brothers 2012 Fall Catalog – Passion Pit are continuing to grow strong with Gossamer; a dichotomous masterwork bound by the precise vision of wunderkind Michael Angelakos
Matt & Kim
Matt & Kim
Matt & Kim are a two-piece: Matt plays keys and Kim plays drums.

The two met at Pratt Institute. Despite Kim having never played drums before and Matt having never played keyboard, they started the band in 2004.

Sidewalks is Matt and Kim's 3rd full length and was released on November 2, 2010 on FADER Label. The songs were written by Matt & Kim and recorded in both Atlanta and NY with producers Ben Allen and Oliver Straus, respectively. The first single from the new album, "Cameras", was released August 31, 2010 and jumped to the number 14 spot on the iTunes Alternative Chart within the first hour its release. The "Cameras" music video was released on January 20, 2011.

The new album is the follow up to Grand, released in early 2009 via FADER Label. Grand achieved iTunes Top 10 single and album placements, as well as spots on both the Billboard Single and Album Charts. To date, Matt and Kim have been on the Billboard New Artist chart for 78 weeks and the single "Daylight" is certified gold, having sold over 500K.

Matt and Kim graduated with art school degrees from Pratt Institute and as such, stay closely involved in all the visual elements of the band. Kim designs the album covers and band merch. Matt develops the concepts for their music videos, including the one for "Lessons Learned," which won an MTV VMA for Breakthrough Video and an mtvU Woodie award for Best Video.

The band's first recording was a self-released EP titled To/From that came out in 2005.

Their second recording was their debut full-length titled Matt and Kim, released on iheartcomix records in 2006.

If Matt & Kim spent any time at home, they'd own a dog. Visits to dog parks suffice in the meantime. Kim has a constant smile on her face during shows because she loves beating the shit out of the drums.

Matt is a bad driver (says Kim).

Kim doesn't like spicy food.

Matt loves Mexican food.

Today, they each call Brooklyn, NY home.
Icona Pop
Icona Pop
Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt met on a Saturday night in February 2009. It was, Aino says quite reasonably, “the best thing that ever happened”.

So the day after the best thing that ever happened happened, these two girls from the Stockholm suburbs formed a electronic pop duo band, and on the Monday – when the hangovers had cleared and it still all seemed like the best thing that had ever happened – they booked their first gig – Icona Pop was born. This felt all very well, but then they realised they had four weeks until their gig, but no songs.

Autumn of 2011, Icona Pop moved from Stockholm to London, and with an album ready to go the tunes are in no short supply. Icona Pop says: “We like galloping drums, and synthesisers, but we still like the classical pop melodies. And that’s ‘what we are’. We don’t have to decide, because there’s no decision to be made. We just have to do exactly what we want.”

In the intervening years they’ve working with The Knocks (voted one of NME’s hottest production outfits of the hour), Patrik Berger (Robyn), Elof Loelv (Niki & The Dove), Fredrik Berger (The Good Natured) and Style of Eye, as well as sessions with UK producers like Starsmith (Kylie, Ellie Goulding) and Burns. Their Neon Gold-released double a-side single ‘Manners’ / ‘Top Rated’ prompted journals like NME and The Guardian say things along the lines of “effortlessly cool” and “all the makings of a 24-carat pop hit”, and the duo have perfected their live show, too – that first performance back in 2009 went rather well, all things considered, while their first London gig was impressive enough to bag them a management deal with Artist Company TEN, the team behind Niki & The Dove and Erik Hassle.

There’s plenty more of this evocative stuff right across Icona Pop’s as-yet-untitled debut album, due out in 2012. Effervescently romantic number ‘Sun Goes Down’ is a Knocks collaboration written on a trip to New York. “We both had a crush at home,” Caroline recalls, “and we were thinking about our lovely men on the other side of the ocean, singing, ‘I will be waiting for you until the sun goes down’.” The sound of it all is hard to pinpoint, but there are some unmistakeable Madonnaisms on spirited anthem ‘Beat The L’.

So that original plan for Caroline to give Aino her best night ever? Well, that night they met in 2009 has since been immortalised in song, on the vivid and joyous ‘Nights Like This’ Caroline explains, “everything that night was like magic, and the lyric ‘nights like this, you will never be alone’, is what Icona Pop is all about. It’s about being together and having fun, and inviting as many people as possible because the best nights out are the ones you want to share with everyone.”

As nights out go, Icona Pop’s first must of one of pop’s most vital, and it’s still in full effect three years later. In fact, it feels like it’s just getting going. “We’re having so much fun all the time,” Aino smiles. “It’s kind of scary.”
Venue Information:
Jesse Auditorium
320 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO, 65211
http://eventpros.missouri.edu/jesse_auditorium.html