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Oxegen – Passion Pit, Messiah J & The Expert

Reviews by me for The Daily Ticket Passion Pit: wide awake It all happened for Passion Pit before they were really ready. The band wasn’t even fully formed when blogs went doo-lally for the songs Michael Angelakos wrote as a …

Sat, Jul 11, 2009, 21:38

   

Reviews by me for The Daily Ticket

Passion Pit: wide awake

It all happened for Passion Pit before they were really ready. The band wasn’t even fully formed when blogs went doo-lally for the songs Michael Angelakos wrote as a Valentine’s card. When the band first toured here earlier this year, they were upstaged by co-headliners Hockey – and seemed a little miffed by it. A few months can work wonders. Passion Pit’s debut album “Manners” is a promising pointer to their dreamy, occasionally ecstatic pop twists and turns. Live, they’ve thankfully improved in leaps and bounds since those earlier dates. Playing to a full crowd at the New Bands Stage, they rarely let the tempo or atmosphere drop, keeping eyes very much on the ball. “Sleepyhead” remains their calling card, but they’ve certainly got a whole lot more where that came from.
 
Messiah J & the Expert: hip to the hop

Whatever about rock ‘n’ roll’s questionable suitability for open fields, hip hop was never really intended to live large in the plains of Kildare. No one, though, told Messiah J & The Expert, who made us forget about the rain and mud with a blistering set. There are two musicians onstage with John (Messiah J) and Cian (The Expert) and this additional melodic weight is a newly minted trump card. Whether it’s how this heft adds snarling intensity to “Keep The Noise Down” or the manner in which the players accentuate the sunny-side-up buzz of “Turn The Magic On”, MJEX go for the jugular again and again. If you missed them, you missed one of the weekend’s finest high-phat treats.