by Bill Pearis

Pains

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are soon to be back with their second album, Belong, which is out in March. The band have left behind the reverb-heavy sound of their debut into sonic clarity thanks to producer Flood (Smashing Pumpkins' Melon Collie..., Depeche Mode's Violator, U2's Achtung Baby) and mixing talents of shoegaze impresario Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Blonde Redhead). It still sounds like The Pains, just beefed up a little, which is more in line with what they're like live these days.

The album's first single, "Heart in Your Heartbreak," was released last month on Slumberland and you can stream both sides of the 7" at the bottom of this post. Shortly after Belong's release, TPOBPAH will head out on tour with opener Twin Shadow, including a May 6 show at Webster Hall. (On-sale date TBA.) It also seems likely there'll be an NYC record release show before this tour starts, but no word yet.

All TPOBPAH / Twin Shadow 2011 tour dates are below.

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - 2011 Tour Dates
03.31 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
04.01 - Washington, DC - Black Cat*
04.02 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle*
04.04 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club*
04.05 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl*
04.06 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree Cafe*
04.07 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks*
04.08 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's*
04.09 - Austin, TX - Emo's*
04.12 - Santa Fe, NM - VFW*
04.18 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door*&
04.19 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*&
04.20 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge*&
04.22 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile*
04.25 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club*
04.26 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall*
04.27 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
04.28 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
04.29 - Bloomington, IN - Rhino's*
04.30 - Columbus, OH - The Basement*
05.02 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street*
05.03 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club*
05.06 - New York, NY - Webster Hall*

* = w/ Twin Shadow
& = w/ Catwalk