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Posted at 2:50 PM ET, 02/ 2/2009

Passion Pit Show Moved to Black Cat's Mainstage, Stardom Awaits

By David Malitz

If you missed out on tickets for blog buzz band of the moment Passion Pit's show tomorrow night at the Black Cat's backstage, you're in luck. The show has been moved upstairs, so it's no longer sold out. If you want to hear some bleepy, breezy, agreeable electro-pop on a possibly-snowy Tuesday night, you still have that opportunity.

Whenever a band sells out the Black Cat's backstage in advance, I take notice. Over the past couple years this has been an accurate way to predict which bands are ready for a big-time breakthrough. Plenty of shows on the backstage sell out the night of the show, but it's those advance sell outs that portend big things. The four shows that come immediately to mind are Girl Talk, Yeasayer/MGMT, Fleet Foxes and Ra Ra Riot.

Girl Talk was a special guest DJ at Bliss back in October 2006, before the Black Cat started selling advance tickets for the backstage. It was sold out very early in the night, and within a couple years Girl Talk was packing the 9:30 club.

Last January's sold-out Yeasayer/MGMT show spawned some (unsuccessful) online petitions to get it moved upstairs; It stayed on the backstage because headliners Yeasayer wanted to keep it small, plus the band was coming back to town just a few months later. While Yeasayer has had plenty of indie success, it turns out the real draw that evening was openers MGMT -- the backstage sure didn't feel packed to capacity when Yeasayer was on stage.

In July, Fleet Foxes managed to turn a backstage sell-out into a mainstage sell-out. Since then, they topped Pitchfork's year-end album list and performed on "SNL."

Ra Ra Riot almost pulled off the same feat, with a Sunday night backstage show nearly turning into an upstairs sell out.

What's my point? If you like to say "I saw them when," then consider this your heads up.

-- David

By David Malitz  | February 2, 2009; 2:50 PM ET
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