Synergy Concerts presents: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart plus guests Fear of Men

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, the Brooklyn masters of ’90s-style indie-pop, went a little bleary on their last album, 2011′s shoegaze/dream-pop-influenced Belong. But on their forthcoming third LP, the just-announced Days Of Abandon, they’ve gone a different direction. In a press release, frontman Kip Berman says, “I didn’t want to make Belonger. This album was a chance to step back from that universal style of songwriting to something that was far more personal, more in keeping with my original ideals. I wanted the music to be joyful and full of light, even if the subjects were often dark.” First single “Simple And Sure.” Certainly fits the bill. It’s a sparkling endorphin rush of catchy-as-all-hell early-’90s college rock. If you’re old enough, it might recall the Lightning Seeds or World Party.