The Orpheum Theater in Madison, Wis. welcomed another packed house on Saturday night, Feb. 23, 2013. This time, it was a trio of indie artists that grooved the sold-out Orpheum behind a wave of electronic jams and atmospheric lighting. Passion Pit, Matt and Kim, and Icona Pop energized the crowd and ensured they all left the building fully spent.
The Swedish DJ duo of Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt together form Icona Pop. As fans filed into the Orpheum, Icona Pop reeled them in during their 30-minute set of original electronic music. Their blend of techno funk and melodic voices were a sure fire tonic to get the night started.
Matt and Kim followed after a short set change and nearly brought the historic venue down to its foundation. The Brooklyn rock duo immediately found rapport with the Madison crowd, opening with "Block After Block" from "Sidewalks."
Vocalist Matt Johnson and drummer Kim Schifino know how to work a venue. Kim unleashed a vengeance on her kit, wailing away while grinning from ear to ear and constantly switching between sitting and standing on her stool and kick drum. She not only carried the rhythm but also provided the spark that kept the flow in high gear.
"My partner in crime and my partner in sex," Matt said, referring to Kim. The two shared a smile and laughter filled the theater before they proceeded with "Overexposed" and "Cameras." Fans sang and danced throughout the set, enough that the upper balcony of the Orpheum swayed to the beat. Obviously content with the show, Matt told the crowd, "We love what we do, we hope you can find what you love to do."
Before closing out their set, Kim got into the crowd, despite recently coming out of an ankle boot. She stood and danced upon the fans hands for a moment before regaining her spot behind her drums. They closed their set with their biggest hit, "Daylight," making it a tough act for Passion Pit to follow.
Passion Pit hit the stage a little before 10 p.m. and started with "I'll Be Alright." Touring on their successful sophomore effort, "Gossamer," vocalist Michael Angelakos moved non-stop along the front of the stage. Multi-colored lighting and a number of hanging spherical lanterns provided the backdrop.
They rolled through "The Reeling" and "Carried Away," hitting their singles early to start the show. Heavy bass lines and incessant beats kept people on their feet and fists in the air, a dance riot was in full swing. Angelakos was a man of few words, instead he let his vocals speak his emotions.
Current hit single, 'Take a Walk," took the show to greater heights. Those who weren't already singing or dancing, and there weren't many, joined in by the first verse. The Orpheum was the place to be Saturday night.