July 15, 2009

Introducing: The Pains of Being Pure At Heart & Girls

Introducing is new section that really speaks for itself - introducing new artists. These are artists with at most one full-length LP that NEED to be listened to. Typically, as is the case here, they will also be playing an awesome small LA or NYC venue (In this case, both The Pains of Being Pure At Heart and Girls will be playing the Echo in Echo Park on THIS Monday, July 20th and there are will be tickets sold at the door for $14 Info here: LINK)

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart released their self-titled debut LP earlier this year to rave reviews and for good reason. As their name suggests this is unabashed pop music about love and loss, but their encyclopedic music knowledge and use of influences ranging from showgazers, Jesus & Mary Chain to dreamy dancy guitar pop of early Smiths gels to create one of the most enjoyable start to finish listens of the year. It came out in February but this is summer top-down driving music at its best. Check out "Everything With You" and "Come Saturday" free on their website: http://www.thepainsofbeingpureatheart.com/music/

More tour news including an October 3rd show at Webster Hall in NYC here: LINK

Girls is opening up for TPOBPAH and play acoustic guitar driven beach rock with a lead singer with both the voice and (so far) some of the wit of Elvis Costello. This San Francisco based group will release their full length debut, Album, September 22nd. Good thing their songs are more original than their band or album names. Check out "Hellhole Ratrace" (now that's getting more original) one of the song's of 2008 that will be included on the LP release: LINK


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