Last Night: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Girls at the Rickshaw Stop

Categories: Last Night
Sandy Kim
Girls: None of those females are actually in the band
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Girls
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Rickshaw Stop
Better than:
Being at Popscene in the late '90s.

There's a point in every great band's career when its hometown crowds realize something has changed, and definitely for the better. The group that could crowd the Hemlock on a week night, or that was a poorly kept secret among one class of intrepid nightlifers suddenly shifts its weight and you feel, standing there in the crowd, that there's a good chance these guys could break out and get kinda huge kinda soon.

Last night the strong possibility of Girls' future success was in the air, with the San Francisco band outshining the rest of the lineup by a mile, so that even with the long tuning breaks and confusion about the set list, they still put on the most memorable musical moments of the show only halfway into the night.

Girls--whose debut, Album, will be out this fall--have been given an ideal platform from which to ambush new fans. They're touring with New York's The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, a group given an overflow of blog and print love, which last night translated into many a bespeckled fan boy and girl packing into a sold out Rickshaw show to hear 2009's take on '90s shoegazer pop.

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