Friday, March 13, 2009

MP3 Friday: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Crystal Stilts

In the past I've tried to do these kinds of things on Monday, but I couldn't wait to offer MP3s from two bands quickly making a name for themselves in the indie scene. Both bands have single 7'' being released on March 31st through Slumberland records.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - "Young Adult Friction"

This quirky pop tune is from the band's self-titled debut album that was released earlier this year. The New York quartet make melodic indie rock with a noisy, retro feel that has brought a generous amount of praise from the likes of Pitchfork and Cokemachineglow. You can download the track below, and you should check out their MySpace to hear more.

Young Adult Friction (MP3)


Crystal Stilts - "Love is a Wave"

Like 'Pains,' Crystal Stilts have a noisy, hazy pop sound (albeit with a more punk edge) that dazzled a great many people with last year's record, Alight of Night. The band's new single "Love is a Wave" is a recent favorite of mine and wasn't featured on their previous album, so make sure you download it below. Also, their MySpace has a few more tunes worth checking out.

Love is a Wave (MP3)

Both bands have upcoming tour dates:


Mar 13 2009 Bell House Brooklyn, New York
Mar 18 2009 4:35pm - Red 7 - Force Field PR / Terrorbird Media Party Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2009 8:30pm - Ms Bea's - Todd P + NY Noise Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2009 1:00pm - Radio Room - Brooklyn Vegan Party Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2009 3:45pm - Malverde - Iamsound + Sup Magazine Party Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2009 10:00pm - Opal Divine's - Green Label Sound Showcase Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2009 2:00pm - Emo's Main Room - Pitchfork Party Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2009 3:45pm - Fader Fort Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2009 6:30pm - South Salina Street - After The Jump Party Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2009 11:00pm - Emo's Jr. - Slumberland + Cake Shop Showcase Austin, Texas
Mar 21 2009 1:00pm - Waterloo Records Instore Austin, Texas
Apr 01 2009 Spaceland Los Angeles, California
Apr 24 2009 American Legion Wallingford, Connecticut
Apr 25 2009 Risley Hall - Cornell University Ithaca, New York
Apr 26 2009 Iron Horse Hall Northampton, Massachusetts
Apr 27 2009 The Bug Jar Rochester, New York
Apr 28 2009 Lee's Palace Toronto, Ontario
Apr 29 2009 The Pike Room at Crofoot Pontiac, Michigan
Apr 30 2009 Beachland Tavern - All Ages Cleveland, Ohio
May 1 2009 The Summit Columbus, Ohio
May 2 2009 The End Nashville, Tennessee
May 3 2009 The Earl Atlanta, Georgia
May 4 2009 Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
May 5 2009 Talking Head Club Baltimore, Maryland
May 6 2009 The Barbary (Early Show) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 7 2009 Champion Ship Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
May 12 2009 Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
Jun 18 2009 Cake Shop New York, New York
July 18 2009 Pitchfork Fest Chicago, Illinois


Mar-14 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mar-15 Washington, DC DC9
Mar-16 Lexington, KY Al's Bar
Mar-17 Jackson, MS 121 Milsaps
Mar-18 Houston, TX Rudyard's
Mar-19 - 21 Austin, TX SXSW
Jun-18 New York, NY Cake Shop