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Sunday, June 6, 2010

What to Do Tonight: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart/Surfer Blood

Posted By on Sun, Jun 6, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Pains of Being Pure at Heart: Another human centipede fail
  • Pains of Being Pure at Heart: Another human centipede fail

On last year’s self-titled debut album, NYC indie-poppers the Pains of Being Pure at Heart sing about being young, in love, and desperate for a good time. The obvious reference points for their jangle-powered buzz are ’80s bands that played around in a similar place: the Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, the Smiths. But the rays of noise this twee foursome fills the room with aren’t nearly as gloomy or claustrophobic. The album sounds like it was recorded in a basement (it actually was), and parts of it suffer from U.K. envy (see those aforementioned influences). But this was one of last year’s most endearing records. Tour openers Surfer Blood are behind one of this year’s best debuts, Astro Coast. These Floridians grab their inspiration from a later decade, sounding like a beach-bound Pavement at times. But there’s also some meaty guitar riffs running through a few of the grooves, especially in the going-under “Swim.” This is one of the best indie-rock bills to play town this year, so be sure to get there early. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Surfer Blood play the Beachland Ballroom at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $12 in advance, $14 day of show. —Michael Gallucci (follow me on Twitter @mgallucci)

Review the show at clevescene.com/concertscene

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