The Pains of Being Pure At Heart announce Days of Abandon album, show at Johnny Brenda’s

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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.


Get lost behind footage with Eternal Summers on their new video

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Virginia dream punk power trio Eternal Summers is releasing its third album, The Drop Beneath, on March 4th and hits up Boot and Saddle the very next day for a show with Cheatahs.

 (Read More – Eternal Summers explore new sounds at Kung Fu Necktie)

Today, the band released its newest music video for the single “Gouge.” Reminiscent of a psychedelic 60s movie, the video features footage of all three bandmates backed by overlapping footage, set to a brisk tempo and guitar tones reminiscent of 80s Cure and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Check it out below and buy tickets here.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Echo Orbiter w/ Break it Up and Trouble Everyday, El-P w/ Killer Mike and Asher Roth, Roger Waters, Hop Along, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Saturdays are for raging, and there are some rockin’ shows happening this evening that you would be wise to attend. But there are so many to choose from! Here’s our list of some awesome ragers:

Echo Orbiter play with Break it Up and Trouble Everyday (reunited!) at Kung Fu Necktie. Bands in the Backyard recently did a short backyard session with Echo Orbiter, which you can view below, and Trouble Everyday was featured in this week’s Key Studio Session. Tickets to this 21+ show are $8, doors at 8 PM.

Over at the Troc, El-P plays with special guests, Killer Mike and college boy, Asher Roth. This show is all ages and starts at 9 PM, tickets are 20 smackeroos.

Roger Waters “The Wall” tour makes a stop at Citizens Bank Park tonight. You can purchase tickets to the show here, show starts at 8:45 PM.

Hop Along recently had their CD release show for Get Disowned at First Unitarian Church; they play tonight at Johnny Brenda’s with Secret Mountains and DRGN KING. Tickets to this 21+ show are $10.

The Saturday free concert series at Morgan’s Pier continues this evening with a performance from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. This 21+ show is free and starts at 5 PM.


Free Music Saturdays at Morgan’s Pier and R5; upcoming shows include Free Energy, Hoots & Hellmouth, Jukebox The Ghost and more

The folks at Morgan’s Pier and R5 have a free summer concert series every Saturday through the end of August with some great bands. Morgan’s Pier is also having some special guest DJ’s coming up including Questlove, Tim Sweeney, Juan Maclean and more, so check out the schedule for those as well here. Upcoming Saturday shows include:

Saturday, June 23rd – Free Energy and Grandchidren
Saturday, June 30th – Algernon Cadwallader
Saturday, July 7th – Hoots & Hellmouth
Saturday, July 14th – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Saturday, July 21st – Fang Island
Saturday, July 28th – Pissed Jeans and A Place To Bury Strangers
Saturday, August 4th – Jukebox The Ghost
Saturday, August 11th – TBA
Saturday, August 18th – Mishchief Brew
Saturday, August 25th – TBA

Go here for show times and more information.


Photo Recap: Popped! Music Festival featuring The Shins, Cage The Elephant, Panda Bear, Pretty Lights, Girl Talk, + more

All photos courtesy of Kevin Kennedy over at The Swollen Fox. From The Swollen Fox’s review of Popped! Music Festival, Day One:

Even before a single band had hit the stage, this year’s Popped! Music Festival was not off to a good start. Just a few days before the festival, organizers had to make the gut-wrenching decision to move the festival indoors due to the forecasted weather. No one can blame them for the move; they can’t control the weather and it’s certainly not their fault FDR Park wouldn’t be able to survive both the rain and thousands of people pounding its grounds. Nevertheless, no one seemed to be all that happy about the unfortunate move.

For the full review of the entire festival (including a ton of additional photos of each performing act), as well as a comprehensive calendar of upcoming shows in Philadelphia, visit The Swollen Fox. (Thanks to Kevin for sharing his photos with us.)


New video from The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart (performing tonight at First Unitarian Church)

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.