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TPOBPAH
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Appearing as a five-piece following the addition of guitarist Christoph Hocheim, The Pains' live performance largely eschewed excessive bombast and theatrics in favor of sharply-written and arranged shoegaze-inspired songs awash with passion and an understated intensity. The band's romantic, major chord-driven melancholic pop retained the low-key yet dramatic sensibilities of their recent records, with singer Kip Berman's gentle, whispered vocals proving the perfect counterpoint to dense, fuzz drenched guitars and synthesizer hooks.

The band's 13-song set was almost evenly divided between their first and second albums, as early singles "Teenager in Love" and "Come Saturday" brimmed with an indelible youthful energy. But The Pains were especially engaged and confident on songs from their recently-released album Belong. The synth-driven dream pop of "The Body," the Ride-influenced "Heaven's Gonna Happen Now" and the album's dynamic title track easily stood as highlights of the evening and demonstrated a marked evolution in the group's skills as composers and performers. -[kevchino]
The review comes from the Pains of Being Pure at Heart/Twin Shadow tour stop at Daniel Street in Milford, CT on May 2nd, four days before the tour ended in NYC at Webster Hall (on May 6th). Pictures from Webster Hall, opener Big Troubles included, are in this post.

The Webster show was one day after Twin Shadow played an NYU show at LPR with the Thermals which was the same night Twin Shadow appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform "Castles in the Snow," and web-exclusive "I Can't Wait." Both videos are below.

Twin Shadow and Pains will cross paths again at the Osheaga Festival in Montreal at the end of July. All upcoming tour dates for both bands, and more pictures and those videos, below...

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Twin Shadow - "Castles In The Snow"

TWIN SHADOW - 2011 TOUR DATES
05-11 London, England - The Scala
05-12 Brighton, England - Corn Exchange
05-13 Nantes, Frances - Olympic
05-14 Paris, France - La Machine
05-15 Milan, Italy - Salumeria della Musica
05-17 Frankfurt, Germany - Panorama Bar
05-18 Istanbul, Turkey - Babylon
05-19 Dusseldorf, Germany - Zakk
05-20 Berlin, Germany - Magnet
05-21 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05-22 Brussels, Belgium - Nuits Botanique
05-25 Lisbon, Portugal - Lux
05-26 Oporto, Portugal - Oporto Estaleiro
05-27 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05-30 George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
06-09 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06-18 Toronto, Ontario - NXNE at Lee's Place
06-20 Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier
06-23 Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
06-24 New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage w/ Florence
06-25 Calgary, Alberta - Sled Island Music Festival
07-16 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07-30 Montreal, Quebec - Osheaga Festival
09-02 Gardenstown, Scotland - End of the Road Festival

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THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART - 2011 TOUR DATES
06.01: Dublin, IE - Button Factory
06.04: Istanbul, TR - To The City Festival - Timirane
06.07: Cambridge, UK - Junction 2
06.08: London, UK - Electric Ballroom
06.09: Bristol, UK - The Trinity
06.10: Manchester, UK - Sound Control
06.11: Glasgow, UK - Arches
06.13: Sheffield, UK, Queens Social Club
06.14: Birmingham, UK - Academy HMV Institute
06.16: Paris, FR - La Fleche D'or
06.18: Madrid, ES - Dia de la Musica Festival
06.19: Majorca, ES - Palou Dels Camtes D'aiamans
06.20: Barcelona, ES - Apolo
06.22: Bordeaux, FR - BT59
06.23: Limoges, FR - La Fourmi
06.24: Lyons, FR - Sonic
06.26: Ravenna, IT - Hana Bi Festival
06.29: Munich, DE - Backstage
06.30: Vienna, AT - Fluc
07.02: ES - Transforma Festival
07.04: Dresden, DE - Groeve Station
07.05: Berlin, DE - KL. Posthahnhof
07.07: Hamburg, DE - Knust
07.09: Koln, DE - Luxor
07.11: Amsterdam, NL - Trouw
07.13: Bremen, DE - Lagerhaus
07.15: SE - Hultsford Festival
07.31: Osheaga Festival - Montreal, CA
08.02: Toronto, CA - Opera House %
08.03: Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom %
08.04: Newport, KY - Southgate House %
08.05: St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway Nightclub %
08.05-07: Lollapalooza - Chicago, IL
08.09: Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small's
% w/ Craft Spells

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Comments (39)

The Pains From Being Good At Farts

Oh, the pain, Will Robinson.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 12:09 PM

The Pains of...oh nevermind. It was never funny anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 12:12 PM

I wan' some Kickball Katy skank ohn mah fingah

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 12:16 PM

The Pains of not Being as good as the Smashing Pumpkins.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 12:18 PM

The Pains of Listening to Anonymous Trolls on Brooklyn Vegan.

Good show, good band!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 12:22 PM

WOW! Twin Shadow is terrible! So Is Pains of Being Terrible at Music.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 12:25 PM

How does one listen to a comment thread?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 12:49 PM

Contemplate the sound of one chick pea clapping.

That is the meaning of POBPAH

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 12:52 PM

I don't believe chick peas clap. Though plenty of vegan hoochies have the clap. So there's that.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 1:01 PM

Instead of calling this area of Brooklyn Vegan "Comments" it should just be called "Douchebags"

Posted by KEith | May 9, 2011 1:46 PM

One is not a douchebag for relentlessly mocking douchebags. It was more fun in high school to give these people wedgies and then pelt them to death in dodgeball, but they cluster together in such a target rich environment these days that beaning them with words is more efficient.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 2:02 PM

the collective IQ of bv comments section for last few months is 1 chickpea.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 2:06 PM

If I make fun of all of you too, will I also get to feel morally superior as well?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 2:15 PM

I never thought of mockery as enabling moral superiority. It's just fun to remind buttholes that they're buttholes when they've banded together to live the lie that they're not buttholes.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 2:53 PM

The pain of not having hummus in the fridge.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 3:09 PM

the pais of having a chickpea

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 3:11 PM

The pain of walking down Bedford avenue with a heavy backpack filled with pita triangles and baby carrots and discovering that oasis is closed.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 3:28 PM

The Pain Of Being Filled With Douchebaggery

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 3:35 PM

The pain of a dented can of Goya chickpeas.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 3:35 PM

(~'_')~

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 3:51 PM

the pains of eating pure hummus

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 3:52 PM

The Pains of Being Pure Doubebags. See what I did? I took the name but then I changed it around. I'm clever.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 5:27 PM

those Pains is making money more than you BV bithces

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 7:49 PM

I went to the show and to me it was actually The Pains of Arriving Late in a Sold Out Show...Webster Hall was really packed on Friday...

The show was good, better than I was expecting...

Here's the last 2 songs...It seems he invited all his friends to join the stage in the end...the last song made me believe that if the singer puts more energy on his voice the songs would be much better...basically I want him to scream more!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BDzyceIHlc&feature=related

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 8:05 PM

TPOBPAH is one of the most overrated bands. Thin and dull, their music is.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 8:12 PM

If Kip and Kickball Katy mated, they would make the cutest kids in Brooklyn

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 8:50 PM

@7:49 No one makes money off music anymore. It's not like in your days you see. The internet came and ruined the party.

These kiddies are broke. This one can't even afford the haircut and decent clothes she so desperately needs.

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/painsofbeingpureatheart/webster2/5.jpg

So sad.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 8:58 PM

They make bank off touring.

You think Flood and Alan Moulder work for hummus?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 9:14 PM

WAKE UP! Musicians aren't making much money unless they're named Beyonce or Gaga (don't take that literally). Pains of Whatever are not making much.

http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/musicians_why_its_still_a_good_idea_not_to_quit_your_day_job/

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 10:13 PM

Blah blah

Anyone / band that's smart and savvy can still make money...

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 12:17 AM

the pains of having a gay name and shitty music

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 12:36 AM

THE PAINS OF TAPENGA... THE PAINS OF TAPENGA... THE PAINS OF TAPENGA... (Slowly rocks back and forth)

Posted by jim | May 10, 2011 4:33 AM

@12:17 Yeah. Sure. You obviously don't have a clue.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 8:46 AM

so now it's cool/trendy to have an asian chick playing on keyboards in the band?

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 2:57 PM

Im cool

Posted by asianchick | May 10, 2011 4:22 PM

^ No you're not.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 1:51 AM

What about me?

Am I cool?

Cooler than the Pains, I do contend. Saw them at One Eyed Jacks in NOLA for a song and a half and had to flee the venue.

Posted by asianchick2.0 | May 11, 2011 5:19 AM

I like this post, enjoyed this one thanks for putting up. i love songs so much, Thanks for this fantastic web site.

Posted by andy roddick | January 9, 2013 4:56 AM

I wish I was there.

Posted by Jamie | March 11, 2014 7:53 PM

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