“Higher Than the Stars” (Stream)

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s “Higher Than the Stars” couldn’t have come at a better time: a week after John Hughes dies, and here’s their new single, “Higher Than the Stars,” which evokes all of Hughes’ great mid-’80s film and music moments, like the last scene of Breakfast Club, all of Pretty in Pink, and the part where Sam kisses Jake on the table at the end of Sixteen Candles. The excellent new single, which is streaming now at Pitchfork, is set for inclusion on the band’s Higher Than the Stars EP, which is due out on Sept. 22 via Slumberland.


    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s debut album is out now.