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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
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Chapel Hill
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, ZAZA
Local 506—Had hyped New York quartet The Pains of Being Pure at Heart arisen in 1986 Britain, it would be heralded among England's finest '80s exports alongside My Bloody Valentine, The Pastels and The Wedding Present. Its long-player debut on Slumberland would fetch the same outrageous eBay coin as its Sarah and Creation Records stepsisters. But this is not 1986, and this is not the United Kingdom. Instead, the last 20 years have sucked worthwhile twee bone-dry. So why bother with a bunch of pantywaisted time machine Brooklynites plucking their Fenders to Black Tambourine riffs? Because The Pains of Being Pure at Heart do what Lilys did to 1966 in 1996 and what The Hold Steady did to 1976 in 2006. It went beyond throwback and made a fantastic pop record with all the swirling guitars and heartbreak of top-tier indie pop of yore. It kept the anorak kitsch to a minimum and ultimately pieced together an unusually fresh record in an already well-defined spectrum. Just watch out for its imitators. Pay $8 at 9:30 p.m. —Rich Ivey

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