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Pink Mountaintops, Quest for Fire, Suckers Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Wed., June 10, 9:30 p.m. 2009

If Pink Mountaintops had been around when I was in high school, they could’ve posed a serious threat to the Cure’s special status as my preferred soundtrack to brooding over girls. PM mastermind Stephen McBean is a man unafraid to make the kind of melodramatic proclamations of deep romantic love that most people have left behind by the time they’re old enough to get into bars: “Oh oh a vampire it can suck out the blood / But you can’t kill the heart of my love,” he declares on “Vampire,” from the new Outside Love (Jagjaguwar). The teenage me wasn’t so finely attuned to irony, but the adult me can’t detect a trace of it in his tender singing or the swooning strings behind him—I really don’t think he’s kidding around. The song’s gothiness and the album’s classic-rock references (not just the Hendrix allusion in the opener, "Axis: Thrones of Love," but the paraphrase of “War Pigs” in the title track) are like catnip to the part of my brain that’s always going to be in tenth grade. But because I’m a jaded grown-up, I don’t get as obsessed with shit as I used to—I only listen to “Vampire” a couple dozen times per day. Quest for Fire and the Suckers open. —Miles Raymer

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