Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Twin Shadow | Cat's Cradle | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Twin Shadow

When: Sat., April 2, 8:30 p.m. 2011

Two great pop bands get bold here: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, though always pleasant enough, once seemed like a flimsy filter of retro shoegazing, boiling down the melodies and bringing down the guitars behind pop songs that were mostly fine. This year's Belong, though, is a step in the brave direction, with a big-named production ensemble helping the band push the volume and impact without forsaking the muted shuffle of the melodies. Teen angst, once gentle, now growls. Twin Shadow is the project of Dominican-born producer George Lewis Jr. Though associated with chillwave when he released his debut last year, Lewis' beat-driven electronic pop is more expansive and ambitious, pushing its hooks well above the surface. What's more, Lewis is playing with a big, well-built band these days, giving his hooks the locomotion they deserve. —Grayson Currin

Price: $12-14

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