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The New Pornographers

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Posted by admin On September - 21 - 2008

~Z.T.~ This was a redemption show for me. After two failed attempts at seeing these guys, the third attempt was certainly a charmer.

On 4/20 I drove around for a half hour looking for parking, gave up and drove home. At Summer Camp I lost my keys five minutes before the show started and spent the show wandering around the parking lot. This time was perfect.

Settled into the fourth row by the speaker with an artist laminate around my neck, I was in prime rocking position. And with Neko Case back on stage after a broken foot, The New Pornographers delivered the money shot.The seven-piece Canadian indie-rock group blended their voices, guitars and keyboards into a soothing harmony. They kicked the set off with “My Rights Vs. Yours,” the first song off their latest album, Challengers. I was thinking, no way they’re playing that album all the way through, are they? No such luck, but they pressed on with strong versions of “Use It” “All the Old Show Stoppers” on acoustic and played a batch of songs off 2005’s Twin Cinemas.
I spent most of the show captivated by Neko Case, who’s quickly giving Grace Potter a run for her money as my favorite female rock vocalist. And not just because they’re both beautiful.

She sways her head away from the mic to create a delicate sound that floats around the audience and she compliments the band so well, it’s a shame they even toured without her. Neko is an all-star banterist and set the tone for the evening: “Chicago looks beautiful tonight. Foggy, sexy.”

Before busting out my favorite New Pornographers song, “Sing Me Spanish Techno,” Neko and company said “You may think you like us now, but you’ll think we’re shit compared to Ratatat.” Gotta disagree with you there, Neko.

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