Even without Pains, Thursday, May 19th at Cake Shop is a must see. Also playing that NYC Popfest show are their Slumberland labelmates Gold-Bears who have a similar ability to mix sweet melodies with roaring guitars. Their debut album, Are You Falling in Love?, just came out this week and is excellent. If there is a midpoint between The Wedding Present and The Mountain Goats, Gold-Bears may just be that. You can download their track "Record Store" at the top of this post. Gold-Bears haven't played NYC since last year's Popfest (when they played the Saturday matinee show.) More about the Cake Shop lineup and other bands playing Popfest coming soon (stay tuned).

Gold-Bears are on tour now, and if you can't make it to Cake Shop, they also play Brooklyn Fireproof two days earlier (with w/ the Hairs, the Sanctuaries, and Inland Island). All dates and a video are below...

GOLD-BEARS: so natural

Gold-Bears - 2011 Tour Dates
05-13 Atlanta, GA at 529 w/Small Reactions, New Animal
05-14 Athens, GA - Flicker Theatre & Bar
05-15 Durham, NC - The Layabout
05-16 Washington, DC - Velvet Lounge
05-17 Brooklyn, NY - Fireproof
05-18 Somerville, MA - PA's Lounge
05-19 New York, NY - Cake Shop (NYC Popfest)
05-21 Richmond, VA - Steady Sounds In-Store

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