Ahead of their upcoming fourth LP The Echo of Pleasure, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is touring though the US with friends Beverly and Ablebody. The indie pop band has released two lead singles, the aptly dance-y “When I Dance With You” and the sincere, serious “Anymore,” both extremely excellent singles that make the wait for the September 1st release of The Echo of Pleasure feel that much longer. Catch The Pains of Being Pure at Heart tonight at World Cafe Live (downstairs) – click here for tickets and more information. Continue reading →
After a NonComm-induced break (which, don’t get me wrong, was a ton o’ fun), the Indie Rock Hit Parade is BACK for you tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Listen right after the May edition of Land of the Lost with Robert Drake for a full two-hour show that will definitely feature me breaking a sweat trying to catch you all up on the new music that has come out since we last hung out. Two Album Spotlights will guide the way in the midnight hour: First, we’ll dig into the much-anticipated new release from Canadian singer Elizabeth Powell aka Land of Talk. Then, don your best hardcore shirt as we listen to selections from the newest Mountain Goats album. Add in a bunch of new singles and you’ve got a show that is a real jump-start to your long weekend. Check out some of the new tracks below…
Indie poppers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart recently announced a summer tour with support from Frankie Rose and Ablebody, with the later joining the Pains at World Cafe Live Downstairs on July 2nd to finish out the tour. Their instantly classic style of romantic alternative pop is intriguing and hip-twisting, promising their forthcoming album to “a timeless grandeur, deeper and more satisfying than anything the band has done since their iconic debut.”
I wasn’t into prom as a teenager, but I do enjoy themed gigs and excuses to dress up. (Or, real talk, excuses to watch people more creative than I dress up while I slum it in jeans and a hoodie.) In any case, the Indie Pop Prom that R5 Productions just announced today seems like exactly that.
The all-ages gig has been happening for a few years (five, to be precise) in NY, and has a Philly satellite this year that takes place in the basement of the First Unitarian Church on Friday, February 24th. And with a stacked lineup of favorites from the DIY underground, it’ll be the perfect post-Valentine’s hang for all the lonelyhearts of the Philly house show scene. Continue reading →
After a short break to make room for last week’s NonCOMMvention broadcasts, the Indie Rock Hit Parade will once again be by your side tonight at 10pm on XPN! Tune in as we return in the grandest way we know: We’ve got a lovely new session from Metronomy to share, as well as a spotlight on the newly released album from The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. We’ll also get to a ton of new tracks, including a few of the following:
Oh man how I wish I could tell you a cartoon band a la Jem and the Holograms was playing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight, but you know what? The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are a pretty freaking great alternative, even if they’re only cartoons in their amazing new video for “Until The Sun Explodes.” (Watch it below.) Last month the band released its latest and best album, Days of Abandon, and it’s a delightful set of anthemic ethereal dream pop. You probably know all the 80s / 90s comparison points by now (if not: Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, The Smiths) – regardless of who they might sound like, The Pains are the genuine article. Tickets and information on tonight’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Dipped in dreams with sprinkles of the atmosphere on top, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are about as blissful as indie-pop gets and with their new album Days of Abandon on the way, they’re bound to get even better. The new 10-track LP is their first since 2011’s Belong and arrives on April 22nd with a concurrent tour beginning next month. Local fans can catch the band at Johnny Brenda’s on May 19th. Watch a trailer for the album, which features new cut “Art Smock”, below and get tickets here when they go on sale March 3rd at 12pm.
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are playing Popped! September 23rd, but in the meantime you can listen to this unreleased track, “Tomorrow Dies Today” (via Drowned In Sound). The Pains’ latest album, Belong, came out earlier this month.
If you’ve ever had the misfortune of stepping inside a Guitar Center, you probably understand where the band is coming from:
In the video, we play a rag-tag group of employees who work at a fictional store called Guitar Galaxy whose only real joy in life is to get to work early and “jam” before our bully of a manager comes into work. I always wanted to make a music video that took place in a Guitar Center or a Sam Ash, just based on my experiences I had there when I was younger. When it was time to get my first guitar and amp, I felt really intimidated by the dude trying to help me, who took every possible opportunity he could to point out that I couldn’t really play and didn’t deserve to own any of the guitars in the store. My own version of retribution is making a music video about a group of kids in a band who take over a music store and end up performing gloriously on all the instruments lying around the store.
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart perform with Twin Shadow and Creepoid at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are $13.