ARTS Pick: Pains of Being Pure at Heart

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New York City noise pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart plays the Southern on Saturday. Publicity Image. New York City noise pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart plays the Southern on Saturday. Publicity Image.

Music is meant to be felt. It’s a powerful, visceral force that doesn’t just please the ears, but livens the mind, excites the bones, and echoes across the soul. That, at least, is the philosophy behind Pains of Being Pure, New York’s up-and-coming indie rock band. Hitting the music scene hard in 2009 with its self-titled debut album, the group earned instant recognition for an original blend of fiery guitar riffs and gentle vocals. Since then, the band has continued to experiment with musical arrangements that plunge deep into sensory euphoria. This spring brings the release of the band’s third album, Days of Abandon, a collection that aims to define the next wave of the indie genre.

Opening for Pains is Roanoke’s Eternal Summers, a rock band that embraces everything that underground music is meant to be and delivers it with reckless abandon. Defined by shrill, explosive guitars and earth thumping drums, the hard-nosed trio takes you back to those carefree summers when garage music ruled the night.

Saturday 3/8. $10/12. The Southern Café and Music Hall. 103 South 1st St., Downtown Mall. 434-977-5590.

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