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Campus Consciousness Tour presents Passion Pit at NIU Convocation Center

August 20, 2010

"Passion Pit"The Campus Consciousness Tour is coming back to the NIU Convocation Center.

This time around the tours’ starring band is Passion Pit, ready to share its vision of pop music with DeKalb. The tour will stop Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Convocation Center. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Information

NIU students: NIU student tickets go on sale at noon Thursday, Aug. 26, at the NIU Convocation Center Box Office. Tickets for Passion Pit are $35.50 for the general admission floor, $31.50 for the lower reserved bowl and $27.50 for the upper reserved bowl. NIU students will get a $5 discount with a valid NIU OneCard (Limit two discounted tickets). The box office is located at 1525 W. Lincoln Hwy. in DeKalb (Entrance 2).

General public: The public sale for Passion Pit will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 27. Tickets are $35.50 for the general admission floor, $31.50 for the lower reserved bowl and $27.50 for the upper reserved bowl. Tickets can be purchased at the Convocation Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Michael Angelakos (vocals and keyboards) hears music in his head and knows exactly how he wants it to sound. The young composer/performer already has created two studio masterpieces – “Manners” and “Chunk of Change” – and he doesn’t plan on stopping there. With his fellow musicians in Passion Pit, Angelakos is taking his perfectionist pop vision to a whole new level in concert.

Within mere months of forming, Passion Pit became an in-demand concert attraction, opening for high-profile bands such as Death Cab For Cutie, Girl Talk and Yelle, while mostly headlining their own sold-out shows. The learning curve for Passion Pit was short and steep. The pressure was unquestionably intense, especially for all shows leading up to the release of “Manners.”

Soulful, memorable, danceable, earnest and unabashedly pop, the music Michael Angelakos delivers on Passion Pit’s latest album, “Manners,” reveals a complex and challenging 21st century sound. The album is intricate in its construction with exquisitely soaring hooks and melodies coupled with enigmatic lyrics flowing straight from the id. Angelakos’ mission for the album was to mask emotion with the immediacy and irresistible nature of plain and simple pop music.

In a little more than a year, Passion Pit has evolved from a one-man dorm room project into a burgeoning band that has surged above the buzz, capable of selling out three nights at New York’s Terminal 5 (January 2010), a night at Prospect Park in Brooklyn and two nights at the Chicago Theater (Spring 2010). Passion Pit has even landed high-profile slots on a series of international festivals including Australia’s Big Day Out and the UK’s Glastonbury Festival as well as North American festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Coachella.