Photos: Brooklyn Vegan Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Featuring Young Man, Suuns, Screaming Females, the Blow and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Photo: Nadia Chaudhury)
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One of my most anticipated CMJ shows was the one that happened last night at Music Hall, mainly because I’ve wanted to see the Pains of Being Pure at Heart for quite some time now (just couldn’t bring myself to see them at Siren Festival; too huge of a venue for an intimate band). They didn’t disappoint, either, in their one hour set, especially on “Come Saturday” and the first single for their new album, “Heart In Your Heartbreak,” although they could have played a little louder. On both the self-titled album and their various EPs, Pains are at their best when they sound like Feed Me With Your Kiss-era My Bloody Valentine. That’s not an easy task, but most of the time, last night included, Pains succeed.
As for the rest: Young Man played a solid, occasionally Dirty Projector-ish 30 minute set; every Suuns song should feature loud wailing from a random dude playing the saxophone; Screaming Females continue to blow away everyone who has seen them this week at CMJ; and the Blow, well, the Blow is a one-woman band with a pre-recorded backing track. Think Lady Gaga, circa 2007, before she had any money. I’m not saying the Blow is as good as Gaga, but it’s the same kind of performance art.
Photos from the show:
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Photos by Nadia Chaudhury