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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 

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Great albums, like great films, don't often appear in the first five weeks of the year. (Somebody tell that to Animal Collective.) Consider that most of the songs on the Pains of Being Pure at Heart's eponymous February debut (Slumberland) had already been previewed on a series of name-making 7-inch singles and EPs, and the Brooklyn band seems either a victim of obtuse management or blissfully oblivious to timing. Its music, a backward-looking but forward-moving endorphin rush captured on wax, suggests the latter. Spinning 10 variations on one impregnable theme, the breakneck record separates the sweetly melodic wheat of the Sarah Records catalog from its sickly, hyper-twee chaff, and in the process does for introspective English guitar pop what Vampire Weekend did for anglicized Ivy League Afropop. (Little-known local tie: Keyboardist Peggy Wang-East is a New Orleans native.) The Telefon Tel Aviv-produced Depreciation Guild and Built to Spill-schooled Cymbals Eat Guitars complete the indie-rock orgy. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart with the Depreciation Guild and Cymbals Eat Guitars

10 p.m. Sat., Sept. 26

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

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