The Pains of Being Pure at Heart played Bowery Ballroom w/ Twin Sister & Wyldlife (pics, setlist)
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").
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 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.
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...
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Bowery Ballroom
THE PAINS OF BEING PURE OF HEART - 2011 TOUR DATES
Sep 23 Popped Festival Philadelphia, PA
Sep 24 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Sep 25 Pygmalion Festival @ The HiDive Urbana, IL
Sep 26 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI
Sep 28 Royal Albert Winnipeg, Manitoba
Sep 30 Dickens Calgary, Canada
Oct 01 The Starlite Room Edmonton, Canada
Oct 03 The Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, Canada
Oct 04 The Crocodile Seattle, WA
Oct 05 The Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
Oct 07 Slim's San Francisco, CA
Oct 08 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Oct 09 Detroit Bar Costa Mesa, CA
Oct 10 Belly Up Solana Beach, CA
Oct 11 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
Oct 13 The Bottleneck Lawrence, KS
Oct 14 University of Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK
Oct 15 Hi Tone Cafe Memphis, TN
Oct 16 Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN
Oct 18 Ottobar Baltimore, MD
Oct 19 Halifax Pop Explosion Halifax, Canada