album review: the pains of being pure at heart
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009

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It's rare that in 2009 a quality pop album creeps under the radar without any hype attached, but that's exactly what happened with the self-titled rookie outing from Brooklyn based four-piece The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Operating somewhere in between the fuzzy hum of shoegaze and the boom-boom-CRASH of amateurish garage (the good kind), The Pains...sound like the composite sketch of every 80's movie soundtrack in the same vein as The Breakfast Club or Pretty in Pink-- veiled and darkly lit with all the beautifully caricatured features of obsessive teenaged idealism (kind of like Molly Ringwald, but with a leather jacket and smoking a cigarette)...Keep Reading.. -Chris Gayomali The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on Tour 27 Apr - The Bug Jar - Rochester, New York 28 Apr - Lee's Palace - Toronto, Ontario 29 Apr - The Pike Room at Crofoot - Pontiac, Michigan 30 Apr - Beachland Tavern - Cleveland, Ohio 1 May - The Summit - Columbus, Ohio 2 May - The End - Nashville, Tennessee 3 May - The Earl - Atlanta, Georgia 4 May - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina 5 May - Talking Head Club - Baltimore, Maryland 6 May - The Barbary - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 7 May - Champion Ship - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania 12 May - Bowery Ballroom - New York, New York 14 May - The Great Escape Festival - Brighton 15 May - The Lexington - London 16 May - Brixton Windmill - London, London and South East 17 May - The Firebug - Leicester 18 May - Central Station - Wrexham 19 May - The Duchess - York 20 May - Nice and Sleazy - Glasgow 21 May - Cockpit - Leeds 22 May - Chorlton Irish Centre - Manchester 23 May - Dot to Dot Festival - Bristol 24 May - Dot to Dot Festival - Nottingham 25 May - Trix - Antwerp 26 May - Batofar - Paris 27 May - Le Cri De La Moutte - Toulouse, Corse 28 May - Rock Store - Montpellier 29 May - Primavera Festival - Barcelona 31 May - Hana Bi - Ravenna 1 Jun - La Casa 139 - Milan 2 Jun - Palace - St Gallen 3 Jun - 59 to 1 - Munich 4 Jun - Blue Shell - Koln 5 Jun - NBI Club - Berlin 6 Jun - Knust - Hamburg 7 Jun - Ekko - Utrecht 8 Jun - Paradiso - Amsterdam 9 Jun - Madame JoJo's - London 10 Jun - Cargo - London 11 Jun - Jericho Tavern - Oxford 12 Jun - Soul Tree - Cambridge 13 Jun - Joiners - Southampton 14 Jun - Isle of Wight Festival - Isle of Wight 18 Jun - Cake Shop - New York, New York 4 Jul - Roskilde Festival - Roskilde 5 Jul - Eurockennes Festival - Belfort 10 Jul - South Street Seaport - New York, New York 18 Jul - Pitchfork Music Festival - Chicago, Illinois 20 Jul - The Echo - Los Angeles, California 21 Jul - Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, California 23 Jul - Backspace - Portland, Oregon 24 Jul - Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, British Columbia 25 Jul - Capitol Hill Block Party - Seattle, Washington
* * * * * * * * * * * * The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on Myspace
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