Posted in music | tour dates | video on July 14, 2009

Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ South Street Seaport 7/10 (more by Tim Griffin)
Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Since their Seaport Music show on July 10th, Pains of Being Pure at Heart have updated their tour schedule to include an NYC show at Webster Hall on October 3rd. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, July 15th at noon. General sales starts Friday, July 17th at noon.

Pains' tour dates, listed below, take them around North America in September and October. Cymbals Eat Guitars and Depreciation Guild will be joining them on that tour, including the Webster Hall show.

The band also has a short West Coast tour scheduled between their stops at Pitchfork Fest (in Chicago July 18th) and Capitol Hill Block Party (in Seattle July 25th).

Videos from their Seaport show, and a new Pitchfork.TV "Don't Look Down" video with Cymbals Eat Guitars playing on a NYC roof, with all tour dates, below...

"This Love Is Fucking Right" and "Young Adult Friction" by Pains of Being Pure at Heart

"The Tenure Itch" by Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ South Street Seaport

"Doing All the Things That Wouldn't Make Your Parents Proud" by Pains of Being Pure at Heart

"Everything With You" by Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ South Street Seaport

"The Pains of Being Pure at Heart" by Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ South Street Seaport

"Stay Alive" by Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ South Street Seaport

"Gentle Sons" by Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ South Street Seaport

SuperGlued talks to Kip Berman of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

DON'T LOOK DOWN Cymbals Eat Guitars Cold Spring

Pains of Being Pure at Heart - 2009 Tour Dates
7/18 - Chicago, IL - Union Park - Pitchfork Music Festival
7/20 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo % (All Ages) %
7/21 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop (All Ages) %
7/23 - Portland, OR - Backspace (All Ages) % - tickets
7/24 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret (19+) %
7/25 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
7/30 - Nr Porto, Portugal - Paredes De Coura Festival
7/31 - Stockholm, Sweden - Strand
8/01 - Emmaboda, Sweden - Emmaboda Festival
8/02 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
8/04 - London, UK - The Garage - tickets
8/05 - Rotterdam, Holland - Rotown
8/06 - Leipzing, Germany - Pop up Sound Convention - NATO
8/07 - Myslowice, Poland - OFF Festival
9/05 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East (18+)#^
9/06 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa (All Ages) #^
9/07 - Toronto, ONT - The Legendary Horsehoe Tavern (All Ages)#^
9/08 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium (All Ages)#^
9/09 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Stage Door (All Ages)#^
9/10 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown (All Ages)#^
9/12 - Morrison, CO - Monolith Festival (All Ages)
9/13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court (All Ages)#^
9/14 - Boise, ID - Neurolux (21+)#^
9/17 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir (21+)#^
9/21 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah (21+)#^
9/22 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress (All Ages)#^
9/24 - Fort Worth, TX - Lola's (All Ages)#^
9/25 - Austin, TX - Mohawk (All Ages)#^
9/26 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks (18+) #^
9/27 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Down Under/FSU (18+)#^
9/28 - Atlanta, GA - Earl (18+)#^
9/29 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 (18+)#^
9/30 - Washington, DC - Black Cat (All Ages)#^
10/01 - Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar (All Ages)#^
10/03 - New York, NY - Webster Hall#^
10/05 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church (All Ages)#^
# Cymbals Eat Guitars
^ Depreciation Guild

Cymbals Eat Guitars - other 2009 Tour Dates
7/17 - Univeristy of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
7/18 - Pitchfork Music Festival - Chicago, IL
7/18 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
8/8 - KEXP Mural Summer Concerts - Seattle, WA



Comments (16)

pitchfork created bands. neither are very good.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2009 11:28 AM

missing the show at the Troubadour in LA on 9/20.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2009 11:29 AM

jay reatard hating this band is a compliment. If I were in POBPAH I'd be happy with that tard hating them.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2009 11:37 AM

i like this band, but peggy can't sing for shit live.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2009 11:43 AM

both of these bands suck

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2009 11:49 AM

Wang has one thing going for her...a huge bank account.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2009 12:12 PM

Pains of Being epitomize brooklyn bands... here today, gone in 3.5 minutes

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2009 12:16 PM

have to agree with the haters on this one. yawn.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2009 12:34 PM

What? No one like Cymbals Eat Guitars? Well i do, but i really wanted to say that their singer sweats more than anyone on earth while performing. Kind of disturbing.

Posted by ROCK STARchitect | July 14, 2009 12:45 PM

boring, boring shit all around.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2009 12:52 PM

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Pitchfork Review
[Slumberland; 2009]

Like plenty of other bands in the internet era, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart seem poised to attract an audience that will far outstrip that of their easily identifiable precedents-- in their case, groups like Rocketship or Shop Assistants, each obscure these days even by Approved Indie Influence standards. A few other twee/noise-pop revivalists arguably pulled off that same trick last year, but Pains of Being Pure at Heart are likely to appeal to listeners beyond online name-droppers and Brooklyn scenesters.

That these second-wavers are getting first-rate attention shouldn't be a worry unless you're into dick-measuring contests about the late-1980s (but I was there) or still holding a grudge against Vivian Girls and Crystal Stilts. Despite being such a streamlined listen, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart acts as something of an indie Rorschach: Once our staff got a hold of the fuzzy, major-chord fizz of "Come Saturday" or "Stay Alive", it raised comparisons to everything from Sleepyhead to Black Tambourine to even Peter Bjorn and John (at their most shoegazy) and Ride (at their most heavy-lidded). In other words, you'll dig this record as long as you're a fan of trebly, melancholy pop music. Which is quite a lot of people reading this review.

What distinguishes POBPAH from the rest of their modern peers is a sense of craft located in the sweet spot between wilfull amateurism masking incompetence and not gumming things up with bells and whistles. It's immediate and substantial, but initially, it can seem distracting that the band is built more for speed than muscle. Yet these aren't songs that need anchors-- as much as Alex Naidus' bass plays an integral role in pushing everything forward, he's more likely to contribute melodic counterpoint than low end. Kip Berman's voice is appropriately unaffected, working in melodies that almost feel like 45-degree angles-- exact, acute, and just right. Keyboardist Peggy Wang-East doesn't harmonize in a traditional sense with Berman very often, but particularly on "Young Adult Friction", her vocals are a hook in themselves, taking an already strong chorus to a higher plateau.

So yeah, they've got the sound figured out, but what ensures that this will be something that'll make it past the point where the indie cycle of life goes on and bands are inevitably starting to cop the sounds of, say, Archers of Loaf? Regardless of the b&w cover art, there's more gray matter than initially appears. The title alone of "This Love Is Fucking Right!" is enough to set off the sugar shock factor (it's a nod to the Field Mice), and that's before the chorus which renders the f-bomb "feckin!," but the invocation of "you're my sister" before the title is as dark as you want it to be.

"Stay Alive" is the record's centerpiece, boasting the most anthemic chorus; initially, it could pass for cloyingly optimistic, with bell-like keyboard pinches accenting thumbs-up signifiers like "shoot at the sky" and "you'll stay alive." But once again, after closer listens it takes a darker tone, possibly talking down a suicidal friend. Most tellingly, "Come Saturday" sets the stage for the rest of the record with a promise of ignoring parties for a summer wasting and spent indoors. It's every bit as heartfelt as the later lyrical nod to Another Sunny Day.

But then again, sincerity never made me turn up the volume. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart simply made a slyly confident debut that mixes sparkling melodies with an undercurrent of sad bastard mopery, and you're just being a dick if you think the past has some kind of patent on that. That's just the way good pop music works.

— Ian Cohen, February 6, 2009

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2009 1:10 PM

pitchfork says it's MUST be good then!

-the stupid college populace

at the wilco show yesterday i saw some loser walk by in a pains of being pure at heart shirt and chuckled. what a loser! i had a good laugh at that.

his friend was wearing a modest mouse shirt.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2009 1:13 PM

is ian cohen doing peggy wang?

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2009 2:07 PM

The Depreciation Guild, despite having a bad name, is actually good, not boring, and actually have something interesting to add to their influences. If there is any justice in this world (and there probably isn't), TPOBPAH's drummer (depreciation guild is his band) will use this opportunity to get this band the attention they deserve.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2009 2:19 PM

depreciation guild are really good.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2009 4:10 PM

i like!

Posted by weddin | October 17, 2009 1:53 PM

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