Kip Berman, frontman of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, has said his intention for the fuzzy indie-pop band going back to their 2009 debut has been to play music with his friends. This justifies any singer-songwriterly change while explaining why, despite Pains' revolving-door lineup, the band has been affixed to the same romantic framework. After going big on 2011's Belong, the band released third album Days of Abandon, which has its own share of brimming, sun-streaked moments, including the My Bloody Valentine arch of "Beautiful You." But more often, Berman sticks to altogether lower stakes, as on "Simple and Sure," which yearns (really yearns) to be both simple and sure, and "Eurydice," which yippees like Los Campesinos! or the Polyphonic Spree with more guitar parts than gowns. With Fear of Men and Ablebody. 18+.
Tue., April 29, 7:30 p.m., 2014