Filed under: Emerging Artists, Scene Around Town | Tags: Brooklyn, Emerging Artists, free shows, live music, New York City, Ribbons, river to river, South Street Seaport, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, ZAZA
Three months ago, 20 Watts told you that the Pains of Being Pure at Heart were one of the top five bands you need to know now. Man, did we nail it. If the Brooklynite’s self-titled debut album wasn’t evidence enough, their free show at South Street Seaport last night certainly was: the Pains are, hands-down, one of the best things happening in indie pop these days.
If you missed them last night, you might have a chance to see them at one of their upcoming dates in Chicago, LA or San Francisco. After that, however, the band’s departing on a second round of European tours and won’t be back in the States until mid-August.
In the mean time, you might want to check out openers Zaza and Ribbons — the former droned out phenomenally haunting, ethereal shoegaze in the tradition of My Bloody Valentine and will release an EP on August 14. They’re pretty intriguing individuals, too.
Check out more pictures from the show under the jump and on Flickr.
— Caitlin Dewey