Preview: Passion Pit brings good spirits and blend of genres to Stage AE

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Passion Pit bass player Jeff Apruzzese says the goal of each concert is to "hopefully make someone forget about the crappy week they had, or their boyfriend or girlfriend breaking up with them, or whatever is going on with their life."

The electropop band from Cambridge, Mass., which will conclude its national tour at Stage AE on Tuesday, knows how to get fans in good spirits with upbeat, foot-tapping tracks from its second chart-topping album, "Gossamer."

This will not be Passion Pit's first performance in Pittsburgh.

The band played for hundreds of college students at Carnegie Mellon University last April, which Mr. Apruzzese says was a "really awesome" show.

Passion Pit

With: Youngblood Hawke, Hollerado.

Where: Stage AE, North Shore.

When: Doors at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Tickets: $27-$29;

"They had all these fireworks that they wanted to set off at some point during our show and we didn't tell our guitar player," says Mr. Apruz-zese, adding that Ian Hultquist got a surprise during his guitar solo.

"Gossamer" blends several genres, giving it a different sound from the band's first album, "Manners." "There's a lot more acoustic and organic sounds on 'Gossamer.' And it's a lot more programming," Mr. Apruzzese says.

While some of the songs seem happy-go-lucky, the lyrics would suggest otherwise. "Carried Away," for instance, has a contagious, bouncy beat with the lyrics, "Listen, I don't really know you/and I don't think I want to/but I think I can fake it if you can."

It's all part of "the dichotomy of melancholy pop song writing," the bassist says.

"Gossamer" produced four singles, "Take a Walk," "I'll Be Alright," "Constant Conversations" and, most recently, the band's version of the Smashing Pumpkins' song "Tonight, Tonight."

Aside from playing a new lineup of songs from "Gossamer" and "Manners," Passion Pit will also be performing new versions from their debut EP, "Chunk of Change," which includes hits "Cuddle Fuddle" and "Sleepyhead."

"They almost seem like completely different songs. Sometimes, I don't know if anyone realizes what song it actually is," says Apruzzese, adding that Passion Pit fans want to see dynamic changes at live shows.

At the end of its national tour, Passion Pit will perform internationally in the United Kingdom and Mexico before returning to the United States for another round of concerts through December.


Emily Petsko: or 412-263-1468.


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