When: Wed., March 19, 9 p.m. 2014
Why stop at wearing your heart on your sleeve when you can also wear it in your hair, on your lapels, dangling from your keys and right there in your band name like a neon sign that says “We Are, in Fact, Quite Earnest”? So it’s been for Brooklyn’s The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who impressed even the most irony-clad listeners in 2009 with their self-titled bedroom-pop gem. Their new album Days of Abandon isn’t out until April 22, but with Nashville sitting somewhere south by southwest of New York, we’ll catch them on the front end of this tour. On the first Days single “Simple and Sure,” POBPAH shuffle their feet ever further from noisy fuzzed-up guitars and toward something brighter and more New Romantic — not quite orchestral manoeuvres, but certainly more lush. It’s the kind of music that makes you want to roll up your blazer sleeves and sad-dance your Chuck Taylors across the floor.