by Ryan Snyder

Upcoming shows you should check out

Passion Pit sold out MSG this year, now they’re playing Ziggy’s

In order to visualize the career arc of Passion Pit over the few years of its existence, one has to take into account both the titanic propulsion they experienced almost immediately and the repressive gravity that brought them back to earth. The addictively sweet and clever brand of synth-drenched pop that frontman Michael Angelakos created to flatter his then-girlfriend became quickly adored in his native Boston and before long, A-list celebs began adorning his band’s shows. They played to huge crowds at huge festivals like Coachella with glitzy productions to accentuate their bubbly sound. Then Angelakos bipolar disorder reared its head and the band slammed the breaks shortly after the wildly acclaimed Gossamer appeared as the long-awaited follow-up to their even more beloved Manners. While love for the record bubbled, they laid low and Angelakos recouped. Then, in February of this year, they returned to stage to play a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. On Wednesday, they’re coming to Ziggy’s, less than seven months removed from the aforementioned sold-out show. To say they’re scaling down following a summer tour than focused on huge outdoor venues would be an understatement, but Passion Pit aren’t scaling down the production. It’s going to be a big, beautiful experience. Tickets are $40 and noisy Welsh shoegazers the Joy Formidable open at 9 p.m.

Modern Robot score the body Twilight (Zone)

Submitted for your approval: Suspended in time and space for a moment this Thursday on Tate Street, USA, witness Messrs. Ben Singer and Kyle Poehling. The former, the progeny of world-traveling string musicians whose current preoccupations remain grounded while further extending that birthright. The latter, a Renaissance man of the truly digital variety. Together, they’re the charter fellows of paradox incarnate, an apparatus that’s both a model of obsolescence and anachronism: the Modern Robot. Its universe follows only the protocols set forth in its unlikely existence, and what is about to unfold within is an occurrence bound by neither logic nor purpose. Within a dispensary of baked cheese and greasy meat, it will engage in a paratextual and hypermedium sonic discourse that spans the gulf between the real and the imagined. The hidden conflict: inferring precisely which side is being examined by which. Its solution exists at once in New York Pizza and… the Twilight Zone. The show starts at 10 p.m.

That’s what I love about the High Point Theatre, man

It was 20 years ago last week that Richard Linklater would give birth to one of the most memorable pieces of nostalgic Americana ever made, and a blueprint for teenage hedonism for all time, in Dazed and Confused. It was a mess of a narrative, powered by pure charm and endless quotables, and there are few more perfect pairings of music to scene than Rick Derringer’s “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo” playing while a fresh-faced Mitch goes to buy beer way underage. Derringer was immortalized on the Dazed soundtrack, but he’s also lived on with a little help from his friends, namely, one Ringo Starr, who featured Derringer on a recent All Starr Band run. Derringer got the spotlight on the Dazed classic and the endurable “Hang On Sloopy,” a hit from his previous band the McCoys while his All Starr bandmate Gary Wright turned in his own “Dream Weaver” (which feels like it was on the same soundtrack, but alas) and “Love Is Alive.” The pair’s destiny remains interwoven, as the two reunite for an unlikely one-off at the High Point Theatre this Saturday night. Tickets are $30 and $35 and the show starts at 8 p.m.