It's always fun doing back-to-back nights at the same venue, especially when each night features two drastically different types of music. The setting may be the same, but the experiences are always different. After checking out some futuristic electronic based music the night before, I'm returning to the Bluebird Theater this time for some indie rock. The Bluebird Theater will be hosting three bands, two national and one local, that all approach indie rock a different way, and have varying degrees of retro influences.
The headlining band is The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, an indie rock band from New York, NY. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart broke out onto the music scene with the release of their self-titled album a couple years ago, and this indie-pop rock band is now touring in support of their newly released album Belong. They have a catchy pop rock sound that maintains a wholesome charm and thus never feels artificial or contrived, a refreshing departure from some of the more cookie-cutter versions of pop floating around. Check out "Heart In Your Hearbreak" and "Belong".
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Heart In Your Heartbreak by Slumberland Records
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Belong by Slumberland Records
Twin Sister is another New York state indie-pop rock band, this time from Long Island. This band takes a different approach to pop, resurrecting the feel and style of pop music from past eras. Somehow, Twin Sister has combined post-rock (think Stereolab), '60s style pop rock (think Nancy Sinatra), and other retro influences (I don't know what to label it, but some of their songs remind me of the Korean pop music my mom used to play in the late '80s), all bundled into a coherent, delectable sound. Check out "Stop" and the absolutely incredible "Gene Ciampi".
Twin Sister - Stop by buffablog
Twin Sister - Gene Ciampi by DominoRecordCo
Le Divorce is a local band that has been featured on this blog before known for a '90s alternative rock influenced sound. Although they have indie-pop sensibilities, Le Divorce has a strong early post-punk characteristic that sets them apart. They deliver their catchy and sometimes slightly grungy sound with incredible energy and awesome stage presence, and should really do well to get the night started. Check out "6 Feet Under" and "In The Waves".
Le Divorce - 6 Feet Under by Concerted Effort
In the Waves by Le Divorce
The doors open at the Bluebird Theater at 7:00PM and the music starts at 8:00PM. The show is all ages and tickets are $15.