Last Thursday, two of the hottest indie bands around—New York's the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and San Francisco's Girls—played to a packed all-ages crowd at Backspace. It was right before the start of Sunpocolypse 2K9 (or my preferred term "Helter Swelter"), so nothing got too sweaty, but both bands still brought it. Pains of Being Pure at Heart frontman Kip Berman went to Reed, and this was his band's first show in Portland since he moved in 2005. Our ace photographer Ben Johnson was there, capturing every little odd detail (and disco ball) before PPN. In this case, it's always better late than never.
Photos by Ben Johnson