Osheaga Festival 2012, Day Three: Passion Pit, Metric and the Black Keys Rock On, Despite Rain
There was a festival storm roaming from city to city this past weekend, from the brief evacuation at Lollapalooza to the wet and wild HARD Festival, and on Sunday, the inclimate weather finally made its way to Osheaga. The rain was sporadic, but threats of storms were on everyone's minds as umbrellas and ponchos were out in full-force. Fortunately, just about every band played -- goth-rock songstress Zola Jesus is the only one we know of that cancelled a set -- and for the most part, after a few storm scares early on, people began to embrace the rain, regarding it more as a fellow festivalgoer than as an intruding force.
The afternoon saw a chunk of sunshine come through just in time for Passion Pit's set -- their third show since cancelling a number of dates due to lead singer Michael Angelakos' mental health. The band appeared to be in good spirits, reviving the crowd's enthusiasm with its synth-laden electro-pop. Tunes from Passion Pit's latest album, Gossamer, went over really well with audiences, and they featured more relaxed vocals from Angelakos, who looked tortured trying to hit his signature falsetto on older tracks like their hit single "Sleepyhead."
On the other end of the festival grounds, electro-dance outfit Austra proved that their dark and morose tracks are just as captivating in broad daylight as they are in bars and clubs. The Toronto band almost has their set down to a science. From the synchronized dance moves by back-up singers Sari and Romy Lightman to leader Katie Stelmanis' theatrical demeanor as she belts out each operatic note, their show might be a bit by-the-numbers if you've seen them more than once, but they still never fail to impress each time. Austra performed one new song, which is still very much in line with