Editors' pick

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart


Editorial Review

It has been a good year for D.C. fans of classic indie pop. In November, the Black Cat hosted a 20th-anniversary show for Slumberland Records, and in July, such reunited bands as Unrest and the Rondelles will perform at a show celebrating the 26th anniversary of Teenbeat Records. Now we have a return from Brooklyn's the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, a new band that captures the genre's old-school aesthetic. There are chiming guitars, the occasional keyboard surge and gently sung odes to love. Opener Surfer Blood is another ascendant band; its debut, "Astro Coast," is exactly the album Weezer fans have been hoping that band would make since "Pinkerton" back in 1996.

--David Malitz, May 2010