Entries tagged with: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Pains in Chicago in 2011 (more by James Chadwick)
As discussed, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will release their third album, Days of Abandon, on April 22 via Yebo, and they've just released its first single, "Simple And Sure." Check it out below.
The band are also touring soon, including 2 NYC shows, and they'll be at SXSW, where (among other shows), they will play the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday, March 15 at Red 7 with Connan Mockasin and lots more to be announced soon.
Song stream below...
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will release their third album, Days of Abandon, on April 22. It will be their first for new label Yebo Music. (Their first two came out on Slumberland.) That's the cover art above. Frontman Kip Berman says the new record will not be a continuation of Belong's big, uber-'90s sound:
"I didn't want to make Belonger. This album was a chance to step back from that universal style of songwriting to something that was far more personal, more in keeping with my original ideals. I wanted the music to be joyful and full of light, even if the subjects were often dark."You can check out an album trailer below.
You may remember that TPOBPAH recently announced a hometown show happening at Rough Trade on March 28 after they play BUKU Music + Art Project. That show has since sold out, but the band since revealed that they're going on a longer tour in late April into May, which includes another NYC show on May 22 at Bowery Ballroom. That show and others on the tour are with the UK's Fear of Men, who have a debut album coming in late April, and Ablebody are on the bill too. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday, March 3 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/26) at noon. There's also a presale happening right now through Soundrink with bundles availble where you can preorder the new album as well.
Both Beverly and Fear of Men play Brooklyn Night Bazaar in April. All TPOBPAH dates are listed, along with the album trailer, below...
by Bill Pearis
Baltimore's Wildhoney are unabashedly flying the early '90s shoegaze flag, recalling not only the obvious UK influences, but also their American compatriots like Lilys and Black Tambourine. Not only do they have a great sense of dynamics -- knowing when to unstomp those pedals -- but they're good songwriters too. Last year's debut 7" is all hits (three of 'em), and they'll release their second 7" in April. You can stream one cut from the new one and the entirety of their first, below.
Wildhoney have been playing a lot for the last year -- they've toured with Priests -- and will be touring in the spring, including an NYC stop at Silent Barn on 3/21 with Death Ray Architect.
The band will also play the Baltimore Popfest, a one-night extravaganza on March 7 at Ottobar. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (who'll have a new LP this year) headline, and the line-up also features Eternal Summers, Literature, Sapphire Mansions, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
All Wildhoney tour dates are listed, along with those streams, below...
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Those additions include Sam Smith, Schoolboy Q, Little Dragon, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kurt Vile, Mark Kozelek, Chance the Rapper, Bob Mould, Warpaint, Eagulls, Mutual Benefit, Kate Nash, Hundred Waters, Julian Lennon, Isaiah Rashad, Kevin Gates, Weekend, Perfume Genius, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Ab-Soul, THe Fresh and Onlys, Christopher Owens, No Joy, Diane Coffee, Ital, The Pizza Underground and more. More additions are listed below.
SXSW goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 11-16 and includes tons of other previously-announced artists like A$AP Mob, Perfect Pussy, Action Bronson, Ex Hex, La Femme, and many more.
Lineup additions below...
by Bill Pearis
UK neo shoegaze outfit Cheatahs will release their self-titled debut album next week (2/11) and you can stream the whole thing right now via Pitchfork Advance. The record is a really nice balance of the loud, dreamy and melodic, and '90s touchstones seem to be Swervedriver and early Sloan. If that sounds appealing (I like the record a lot), you should definitely give the LP a spin.
Cheatahs will be on a short North American tour starting later this month. The NYC stop was to have been on March 4 at Rough Trade with Eternal Summers and Little Racer, but the venue's sound issues have moved this show, like many before it, to Baby's All Right. Tickets are still available.
Eternal Summers "Gouge" still
Speaking of, Eternal Summers' also-very-good new album, The Drop Beneath, will be out the week of that show. You may have already heard first single "Gouge" but the band have just released a video for it. I'm not sure what's going on but there are some nice uses of split-screen and rear projection. You can watch it below too.
In addition to a couple shows with Cheatahs, Eternal Summers will also be opening for The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on their upcoming tour -- though not at the NYC show which, for now at least, will be at Rough Trade.
All Eternal Summers and Cheatahs dates are listed below...
TPOBPAH at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC indie pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have been relatively quiet lately, but it's looking like that's about to change. Frontman Kip Berman has been instagramming guitar pedals lately, which hopefully means they're back in the studio, and Pains have also announced what will be their first hometown show in a while, happening on March 28 at Rough Trade NYC. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/17) at noon.
The band's only other currently announced date is New Orleans festival BUKU Music + Art Project, which happens from March 21-22 and also includes The Flaming Lips, Chromeo, Explosions in the Sky, Tyler the Creator, Pusha T, Schoolboy Q, Baauer b2b RL Grime, Danny Brown, Phantogram, Skream, Wavves, Big Freedia, Thundercat, Cashmere Cat, Blood Diamonds and more. Tickets for that festival are on sale now.
TPOBPAH recently released a belated video for "Belong" off their 2011 LP of the same name, which you can watch below...
While Kurt Feldman, who plays drums in The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, is doing just fine with his current synth outfit Ice Choir (maybe you saw them at Northside), he's revisting his recent musical past for one night this summer. His old 8-bit-meets-shoegaze band, The Depreciation Guild, are getting back together to play their 2007 album, In Her Gentle Jaws, in its entirety at Glasslands on August 3. Opening are Infinity Shred (formerly Starscream) and tickets are on sale now.
so we're very excited to announce that yesterday we officially replaced our sound system with a brand new one, a massive and much needed upgrade that has been about a year of research and planning (and saving) in the making!You might want to check out that new system on Monday (6/24) when Denmark's When Saints Go Machine make their U.S. debut. Tickets are still available.
power, clarity, and versatility were most important to us when choosing glasslands' next system: our new speciality subwoofers and tops, built by Danley Sound Labs, Inc., will give the room a thicker and cleaner sound for both live shows and dance nights. after some tuning and testing, we've got the highs shimmering and the bass punishing.
it's bittersweet to see the old one go. it was a Frankenstein of gear from various systems donated by various people over many years, and basically represents the generosity of a community without which glasslands would never have been.
while i'm sure our engineers will miss the late night thrill of riding that system in the red and hanging on for dear life, we're excited to hear what all you guys sound like on a sick. new. rig.
Flyer for the Depreciation Guild show and a stream of In Her Gentle Jaws' title track below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
French Films @ Glasslands 6/5/2013
One of the best new bands I saw at NYC Popfest last weekend was Finland's French Films. Their set was easily the highlight of Sunday's all-day Littlefield show, bringing a needed rock n' roll element (and youthful energy) to a day that leaned more towards the precious. Wearing leather jackets and denim, they weren't your typcial Popfest band, though they definitely don't skimp on the hooks. The band's new album, White Orchid, is loaded with the kind of uber-catchy guitar pop that filled John Hughes soundtracks in the '80s and they play them with a manic, rough energy onstage that's not unlike Palma Violets (though they sound nothing like them). I really wanted to catch one of their other NYC shows this week but it was not to be. Luckily, BV photographer Amanda Hatfield made the trek to Glasslands last night (6/5) to catch them. There's also video (courtesy of Bleary Eyed Brooklyn) of their popfest performance. Let's hope they come back soon.
The night was also a record release party for locals (and fellow Popfest performers) The Secret History whose new album, Americans Singing In The Dark, is out now. The band, formed from the ashes of much-missed My Favorite, make the sort of grandiose pop that aims for heart, feeling and more than a little drama (not unlike Stars). At Sunday's Littlefield show, they gave the crowd a couple My Favorite songs as well. You can stream a few songs from the new Secret History album below.
Newish band Hints opened the Glasslands show which had Kip from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on DJ duty all evening. More pictures from Glasslands below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Finland's French Films are coming over for NYC Popfest this weekend, playing the big, all-day show at Littlefield on Sunday (6/2) that also features Close Lobsters, The Wolfhounds, The Orange Peels, Alpaca Sports and more. Tickets are still available but is, I'm told, nearing sell-out.
If you can't make it Sunday but would like to see them, French Films are playing three more additional shows while in NYC: June 3 at Cake Shop; then Mercury Lounge on June 4 with Toronto's Hooded Fang, Total Slacker and Pow Wow! (tickets); and finally Glasslands on June 5 with The Secret History, Hints and Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Kip Berman on DJ duty (tickets).
French Films just released their new album, White Orchid, which is one of the better indiepop-leaning albums I've heard in a while. While there is some '80s pop in there (the singer sounds a bit like OMD's Andy McCluskey), they definitely aren't revivalists. (If you sometimes like The Drums but find them to be a little much, French Films may appeal to you.) This is energetic, extremely hooky pop and you can stream single "Latter Days" below listen to the whole thing on Rdio and Spotify.
Dates and streams below...
photos by Bruno Simões; words by Bill Pearis
TPOBPAH @ Indie Pop Prom @ 285 Kent
My prom didn't have a band, just a DJ who was our electrical engineering teacher, Mr. Sark. (His DJ name was Sark After Dark.) But it was always a fantasy to have a cool band play it. (I did once attend a wedding with a Smiths cover band.) And while it wasn't an actual prom, some people's fantasies probably came true Thursday night with the Indie Pop Prom at 285 Kent where The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Swearin', Waxahatchee, Potty Mouth, and Weed Hounds dressed up fancy, rocked out and then maybe took a limo through Times Square while dancing through the car's sunroof. The show doubled as Maria Sherman's Birthday Bash (happy birthday Maria!), and Frankie Rose and Shirley Braha (Weird Vibes) were the DJs.
Like my senior prom, I didn't actually go to Indie Prom either, but maybe you did? It seemed like a good time from what I gathered on Twitter and Instagram. Did they have a photo area on the way in? Anyone spike the punch?
We only have pictures from TPOBPAH's headlining set, unfortunately, but you can check out more of them below...
There's a sleazy swagger to Summer People's new single, " I Do What I Want," from their forthcoming LP Burn the Germs. Due on April 23, the song shows a seedy-punk-rock, bottom-of-the-barrel attitude, not unlike that of favorites like The Cramps or Nick Cave. Check out the new track below for the first time.
Summer People are playing a Albany on Friday (3/1) as part of great college station WCDB's 35th Anniversary Festival with The Pains of Being Pure At Heart (who play the sold-out Indie Pop Prom at 285 Kent tomorrow night, 2/28) and Oberhofer. No NYC dates for them, unfortunately, but they're more-or-less local, so keep your eyes peeled. What dates they do have are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Northampton rockers Potty Mouth formed back in 2011 and they've quickly become one of the most promising new bands in their local scene. They first caught our ears with the Sun Damage EP, which came out in July, 2012. The EP has its roots in '90s alternative and indie, and like the bands that inspire Potty Mouth, they aren't afraid to actually rock. They just recently followed that EP with a new single, "Damage," which you can watch the video for below. "Damage" picks up where the EP leaves off, but with thicker production and in terms of all around songwriting, it might be their best track to date.
Potty Mouth have a few NYC shows coming over the next month or so. They'll play XPO 929 on February 15 with In School, Kicking Spit, and Spirit of Danger (more info here).
They're also part of the stacked Indie Pop Prom on February 28 at 285 Kent with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Swearin' Waxahatchee, and Weed Hounds. Tickets are $10 or $8 if you come dressed in prom attire, and are on sale now. Their only other announced date that we're aware of is a hometown show with Hilly Eye, Slutever, and Tomboy.
The band will then play the next night (March 1) at the New Museum in conjunction with their new exhibit "NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star."
A list of all dates, the "Damage" video, and the Sun Damage EP stream below...
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
On February 28 at 285 Kent, the Brooklyn venue will be hosting Indie Pop Prom, a show with a totally killer lineup headlined by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and also featuring sets by Swearin', Waxahatchee, Weed Hounds, and Potty Mouth. There will be DJ sets by Frankie Rose and Shirley Braha (Weird Vibes) and the show was produced by Maria Sherman. Tickets are $10 or $8 if you come dressed in prom attire, and are on sale now.
In addition to looking like a totally fun night, and the fact that seeing TPOBPAH at 285 Kent is probably crazy with any support lineup, a few other things are notable about this show. You may know that Swearin' singer Allison Crutchfield and Waxahatchee (who also plays the Don Giovanni showcase) singer Katie Crutchfield are twin sisters and used to be in PS Eliot together, and it's the first show in about two years for Weed Hounds (who have played NYC a bunch in the past). And if you're going to the show, be sure to get there early to check out Potty Mouth.
Show flyer below...
by Bill Pearis
TPOBPAH @ Summerstage 7/7/2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
While The Pains of Being Pure at Heart didn't release an album this year, they have stayed busy touring on the heels of last year's terrific Belong. (They did put out a covers 7" in the UK though which is worth seeking out.) The band play a free hometown show this Friday (12/14) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Black Marble, Habibi and Heavens Gate. Doors are at 6 PM with bands starting at 8 PM, and it's all ages. Lines to get in Brooklyn Night Bazaar have been long, but move pretty quickly.
In other TPOBPAH news, singer/guitarist Kip Berman is one of the conspirators behind "Rough Smooch" a new indiepop party that has its debut this Sunday (12/16) at Williamsburg bar Legion. Wear your cutest anorak to this night that features performances by The Hairs, Kissing is a Crime and Grand Resort, plus Kip and WNYU's Maria Sherman on DJ duty. The party is free and starts at 9PM.
And lastly, the Pains were kind enough to send us a year-end music list. The whole band are music obsessives and couldn't whittle the list down to ten, so they sent a list of "some music we thought was cool in 2012." Kip adds, "I'm certain the other PAINS would put Kurt's Ice Choir record Afar on our list, but I think it would make him feel weird and, perhaps, seem nepotistic. But his record is really good, and however you feel about Pains, you should give it a listen." Ice Choir, by the way, play Cameo on December 22 with Cool Angels and Limited (info).
Check out the list below...
Brooklyn Night Bazaar 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar, a place to do your holiday shopping, eat and listen to music all at the same time, returns to its warehouse location (45 North 5th St.) in Williamsburg this winter, and is again hosting shows like they did last year (though BrooklynVegan is not involved this year).
The holiday bazaar is open on Friday and Saturday nights from November 23 to December 22, from 6pm to midnight. A lot of the music lineups are still TBA but confirmed bands so far include The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Black Dice, Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, Ayshay (aka Fatima Al Qadiri), CFCF, Eternal Summers, MEN, and others. Everything is free to the public (except the food and other stuff people are selling there)
The current lineups and sponsors for each day, and much more info, below...
TPOBPAH @ Summerstage 7/7/2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have a new single coming out in conjunction with a fall European tour, featuring two covers. One side takes on Magnetic Fields' "Jeremy" and on the flip it's East River Pipe's "My Life is Wrong." Says keyboardist Peggy Wang of the Magnetic Fields cover:
The Magnetic Fields were a band without context. ...I can look back at the time and see how the Magnetic Fields were a band that could exist outside of a context and still make me fall in love with them. I didn't need to know if they were anyone else's favorite band, I didn't need to know what they looked like or where they were from or any frivolous details a hypothetical Tigerbeat interview might have divulged to me. The Magnetic Fields might have been the last band I ever unconditionally loved without ever stopping to try to understand why - just the kind of love story I hoped to one day live through.You can stream TPOBPAH's "Jeremy" below. The band, who last played NYC opening for Guided by Voices at Summerstage, played MusicFest Northwest in Portand, OR last month and did a KEXP session while there which included a new song, "Kelly." You can watch them perform that below as well, along with a list of all upcoming tour dates.
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher
Guided by Voices/Cloud Nothings
One of the many shows that went down in NYC this past weekend as part of the CBGB Festival was the big, free day show at Central Park Summerstage on Saturday (7/7) with Guided by Voices, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The War On Drugs, and Cloud Nothings. Despite the heat wave that hit NYC over the weekend, many braved the high temperatures to catch this stacked show, which was pretty packed from start to finish. Presumably because it was a 4-band bill and was a day show, the openers got pretty short sets, but nonetheless all four bands were great and little time was wasted.
Cloud Nothings kicked off the day at 3 PM with a 5-song set that relied entirely on this year's Attack on Memory. Considering how short the set was, they did manage to keep things pretty varied. Between "Separation," the interlude they prefaced it with, and the extended jam of "Wasted Days," about half of their set was instrumental, and they balanced that with the album's two poppiest tracks, "Stay Useless" and "Fall In." A hot sunny day in central park isn't exactly the appropriate place for a mosh pit or anything, but there was a good amount of dancing and singing along, especially during the closing screams of "Wasted Days."
Then The War on Drugs cooled things off with their breezy folk rock, opening strong with Slave Ambient standout, "Baby Missiles." The band's floaty atmospheres can get pretty meandering (in a good way), but are always grounded by the band's relentlessly upbeat drummer. They work in nice touches of noise and ambience, most notably doing so when the bassist played a droning trumpet through an effect laden mic before going into the anthemic "Come to the City."
Up next were The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who immediately woke up the lazy, sweat-dripping crowd with a super energetic set, kickstarted by the driving "Heaven's Gonna Happen Now." Frontman Kip Berman doesn't let up for the entire show, rocking out through every song while bearing a spot-on delivery. They played a pretty solid mix of material off both full lengths, all of which were bright pop blasts, delivered even clearer and bigger than the increased lo-to-mid-fi production on the newer album. The band, who on Saturday were augmented by Connor from The Drums on second guitar, didn't really hit any low points and played through tons of favorites like "Young Adult Friction," "Heart In Your Heartbreak," and more.
The show wrapped up with the much-anticipated headlining set by Guided by Voices which came after multiple crowd chants of "GBV, GBV, GBV!" The band, whose influential brand of lo-fi was responsible for helping to set the groundwork that all three of the opening bands heavily work into their sound, walked on stage, cigarettes in hand, and in extremely high spirits for the appreciative crowd. They focused their set mostly on material off of their two 2012 full lengths, Let's Go Eat the Factory and Class Clown Spots a UFO, their first two albums since 2004. Because of GBV's notoriously short songs, they only took about ten minutes to bang out the same amount of songs that the opening bands played in their entire sets, and both the band and the crowd were really into it. Robert Pollard's playful stage banter was intact (he said something about how during his last Central Park show he got in trouble for throwing beer cans into the audience) and the band's on-stage demeanor was just as lively, complete with split kicks from guitarist Mitch Mitchell, and the head-nodding, singing-along bassist, Greg Demos.
More pictures from the Central Park show, including one of GBV's setlist, are below...
The 2012 edition of MusicFestNW takes place in September 5 - 9 at 18 venues in Portland, OR and will feature performances from over 150 bands, including Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Beirut Silversun Pickups, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, many more.
In addition to those previously announced artists, MFNW has just added The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Quasi, Moon Duo, My Goodness, DZ Deathrays, and Strand Of Oaks to the already impressive line-up. Wristbands, available various levels and packages, and tickets to individual shows are on sale now. Check out the complete MFNW lineup below.
FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012WOW.
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.
Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...
The 2012 music lineup was announced today for Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, which is produced by non-profit arts organization One Reel and takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, at Seattle Center. The 42-year-old urban festival stands on top nationally in its variety as it showcases both familiar and up-and-coming regional and national talent in many musical genres, as well as in comedy, theater, literary and visual arts, dance, film and children's programming.The complete Bumbershoot 2012 lineup below...
Bumbershoot's Mainstage in KeyArena will feature two multi-act performances each day. Artists scheduled to perform there include groundbreaking alternative rock band Jane's Addiction, jazz legend Tony Bennett, electronic phenom Skrillex, a hip hop double bill with Mac Miller and Big Sean, M83, and AWOLNATION among others. Additional Mainstage acts will be announced in coming weeks.
Tickets are all-inclusive. All festival offerings, including Mainstage admission on a first-come, first-served basis (no separate pass required), and late-night electronic music curated by Decibel Festival for Bumbershoot After Dark, are included in the price of a single-day or 3-day ticket
by Bill Pearis
Chairlift play Webster Hall tonight (5/8, tickets still available) and if you're going you would do well to consider getting there early for openers Ice Choir. (Laurel Halo also plays.) It's the newer band from Pains of Being Pure at Heart drummer Kurt Feldman who used to front 8-bit shoegazers The Depreciation Guild.
The Ice Choir recently announced that their debut album, AFAR, will be released by Underwater Peoples on July 31. The label, mainly known for hazy stoner-friendly guitar rock, seems like an odd match for a band whose main influences seem to be Scritti Politti and Prefab Sprout but people can like all sorts of different styles of music, so so can labels. The album was produced by Feldman and mixed by Violens' Jorge Elbrecht.
No tracks from AFAR have been released for us to hear yet, but album art is below and you can stream both sides of Ice Choir's debut single which came out last year on Shelf Life records. The band also have a few more shows lined up and those are below as well.
Also below are updated Chairlift tour dates and a capella live version of their song "Have We Met Before?" performed by an all-female choir comprised of local indie scene talent.
Lou with Refused at Terminal 5 (more by BBG)
The four-day festival is scheduled to begin on July 5 and will showcase about 300 rock bands. Concerts will take place at around 30 places, from large stages like Central Park Summerstage and Webster Hall to small clubs like the Trash Bar in Williamsburg and the Living Room on the Lower East Side...A few other confirmed shows as part of the festival have emerged too. Sick of It All will join Vision of Disorder, Cro-Mags, Absolution and Sai Nam for a show at Webster Hall on July 6th. Tickets are on sale.
The festival will also stage a free concert in Central Park with Guided by Voices, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Cloud Nothings [on July 7]. A few veteran rockers have agreed to appear: David Johansen, a former member of the New York Dolls, has committed to do a show, as has the Baseball Project, the supergroup formed by Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Steve Wynn of Dream Syndicate. -[NY Times]
D Generation will headline Bowery Electric on July 7th with ROMANS, Brass Knuckle Evangelists and The Bamboo Kids. Tickets are on sale.
Stay tuned for more (including the full lineup announcement).
photos by Diana Wong
TPOBPAH @ Bowery Ballroom
[The Pains of Being Pure at Heart singer/guitarist Kip] Berman, who grew up a Green Bay Packers fan after being born in Madison and living in Milwaukee until he was 9, doesn't exactly ooze confidence. The singer critiqued his vocal capabilities ("I can't sing") and downplayed the band's ambition ("We're making songs people will hopefully like to hear next to other songs on a mixtape").The Pains of Being Pure at Heart hit Bowery Ballroom last night (9/19) with Twin Sister and Wyldlife. Pictures are in this post. After a few days off (in Kip's current home, NYC), Pains will head back out on the road for another string of dates in the US and Canada (and yes, Madison, Wisconsin) that should get them back home during CMJ (which they are currently not scheduled to play). The dates include an appearance at this weekend's Popped! Music Festival in Philadelphia on 9/23.
He even worried that his low-key, everyman vibe wouldn't make for a compelling enough narrative for a newspaper story. "I should create a better tortured artist persona where it's like, 'Then I was getting really heavy into narcotics in the studio and we were fighting all the time'."
Berman said he doesn't remember much about his toddler years in Madison. But he does still have family in Wisconsin, and he's looking forward to a mini-family reunion when his band plays the High Noon Saloon on Monday, Sept. 26. When The Pains of Being Pure at Heart opened for the National at Milwaukee's Riverside Theatre this past April, Berman told the crowd that the after-party would be in the suburbs. "I'm going to my grandparents' house to do laundry. It's important." -[Square]
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart recently released a remix by Violens for "The Body" from their LP Belong. Get that for the price of an email address. Jead below for all tour dates, more Bowery pictures (including one from the setlist), and a video from last night...
words by Zach Pollack, photos by Grant MacAllister
Sorry for the delay of our third and final installmet of Lollapalooza 2011 coverage, but here it is! Due to the major downpour on the Sunday of the fest, Grant's pictures were almost lost forever in a wet camera, but are now recovered. If you're just joining us, check out parts one and two first. Here is part three...
My third and final day of Lollapalooza (8/7) kicked off at Music Unlimited Stage with an opening set from Titus Andronicus. The Garden State punks began things by playing the opening track "A More Perfect Union" from their incredible 2010 LP The Monitor. Titus generally would make for a fantastic start to the day, but their sound was a bit off, and by the look on frontman Patrick Stickles's face, I think he agreed.
After Titus, I decided to calm things down and went to catch Lia Ices. This was my second time seeing the Brooklyn, NY-based songstress this year, but that did not make her less interesting. Lia's well trained voice fluttered effortlessly over the avant pop she produces. I must admit I was skeptical that she and her band would translate well to an outdoor setting. The four-piece shattered any and all of my doubts.
The next set I caught was Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.'s at the quite favored Google+ stage. The kitschy group are infectious and totally unavoidable. I stuck around for most of their set which included their handmade "Jr. Jr." light boxes on stage and, more importantly, bubble machines.
I then made my way over to watch The Cars, who again consist of their original lineup, except for Benjamin Orr who passed away in 2000. The Cars ran though many of their hits like "Just What I Needed," "My Best Friend's Girl," "Good Times Roll," and a few new ones too. I didn't initially plan on catching their set, am glad that I did.
I then headed to the Sony stage where Portugal. The Man were setting up. I had caught their aftershow with Wye Oak at the Double Door on the first night of Lolla, and they blew me away. I was psyched to hear so many cuts off of their 2009 LP The Satanic Satanist. I was NOT psyched to hear that their van and trailer (gear and all) had been stolen later on that night. The van and trailer have since been recovered... and so has most of the gear!
I left Portugal's set a bit early in order to make it to Best Coast at Google+. Frontwoman Bethany Cosentino entered the stage and jokingly stated, "Fuck you, we're Best Coast." Unfortunately halfway through their set storm clouds that were hanging over Chicago all day finally burst. It poured for a good hour, letting up just before Explosions In The Sky's set.
The Austin, TX-based post rock band entered the stage stating, "I think you just saw 'us,' but now we're going to play some music." I was glad to hear some of my favorite songs like "The Birth and Death of the Day," "Six Days At the Bottom of the Ocean," and "Your Hand In Mine." Their awesome set was more than enough to keep the muddy, sopping festival-goers around.
Everyone legitimately thought the rain had let up, so I headed across to Music Unlimited for Foo Fighters' headlining set. Their set included a handful of songs from the recently released Wasting Light LP and a bunch of older cuts too. A few songs in it started pouring again and I decided to leave the festival along with Grant whose camera had officially stopped working. Unfortunately that meant that I missed Perry Farrell (of Jane's Addiction and founder of Lollapalooza) joining the band on stage for a second during "Everlong," which included the Foos playing a piece of Jane's Addiction's "Mountain Song."