SummerStage: CBGB Festival feat. Guided by Voices, The War on Drugs, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Cloud Nothings

Saturday, July 7, 2012, 3:00 PM

Central Park, New York, NY


After taking fifteen years off from the music scene, the classic band, Guided By Voices, finished their yearlong reunion tour by returning back to their roots by recording an album of 21 new songs. This new album, entitled Let’s Go Eat The Factory, was manufactured in the many living spaces of the band members. It should be noted that this new album stays wholly faithful to the overall authentic Guided By Voices aesthetic. Some of the classic new tracks are “Chocolate Boy,” and “We Won’t Apologize For The Human Race.” Tune in for a reunion you won’t want to miss!

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart gained a loyal underground following in 2007 with a self-released EP, including singles “Everything With You” and “Kurt Cobain’s Cardigan.” Their popularity grew in 2009 with the release of their self titled debut album, gaining recognition from the highly respected NY Times, Pitchfork, Stereogum, and The NME.  Their latest album, Belong , provides an indiepop sound completely unique to The Pains. “What could be the most promising indie pop group around” said Pitchfork is a Haribo Gummi Candy-eating, Boggle-playing, foursome who never take themselves too seriously and are not to be missed.

Philadelphia’s The War on Drugs released their second album, entitled Slave Ambient in August, 2011 on Secretly Canadian and received serious critical acclaim. Their 47 minute album of rock ‘n’ roll intermingled with a sprawling, adventurous vibe cements The War on Drugs’ already brilliant reputation. Their debut album, Wagonwheel Blues and the follow up EP, Future Weather, introduced them to the music scene, while their second album features some of Philadelphia’s finest artists, such as Dave Hartley, Robbie Benett and Mike Zanghi.

Initially, in 2009, Dylan Baldi, a Cleveland native, began to write and record “lo-fi power-pop”songs in his parent’s basement. This project, which he later entitled Cloud Nothings, began to grow extremely popular on the internet and since then, he has toured widely and released a second album which he named, Attack On Memory. Despite the fact that Cloud Nothings is still an extremely young band, it is more than evident that they have accomplished an incredible amount with two inherently diverse albums and a loyal fan base. Cloud Nothings’ Attack On Memory, received a 9/10 from SPIN Magazine and the song “Stay Useless” has been featured in Rolling Stone. (SS)