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Song of the Day: 'Brill Bruisers' - The New Pornographers

6/12/2014 10:22am EDT
Song of the Day: 'Brill Bruisers' - The New Pornographers
Indie's greatest super group has finally returned after a long four year absence from the world, and "Brill Bruisers" is the perfect reminder of why the Canadian band "The New Pornographers" does power pop better than anyone else, period.

The track is filled with all of the signature AC Newman tricks, loud, brash guitar parts, intricately layered harmonies, and easily one of the catchiest choruses featured in a song this year.

Neko Case, Dan Bejar, and the whole of the group are also involved in this record, but it's clear that once again Newman is at the helm, and "Brill Bruisers" pro...

The New Pornographers College Concert Cancelled Over Name

9/15/2010 8:15am EDT
The New Pornographers
Cult rockers The New Pornographers have been forced to scrap a college gig in Michigan - because of their name.

The group, fronted by acclaimed singer/songwriter A.C. Newman, was scheduled to perform at Calvin College next month but the school's Christian officials have vetoed the gig.

A statement from the college reads, "After weeks of discussion and consideration, the irony of the band's name was impossible to explain to many. The band's name, to some, is mistakenly associated with pornography. Consequently, Calvin, to some, was mistakenly associated with pornography. Neither the coll...

'Rock Band' Set List Finalized

10/29/2007 12:31pm EDT
Rock Band
Cambridge, Massachusetts – October 29, 2007 – Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks, along with distribution partner Electronic Arts, announced today the final song list for its highly anticipated music videogame Rock Band. Featuring the most master recordings of any music game ever by the world’s biggest rock artists, Rock Band includes 58 tracks and spans every genre of rock ranging from alternative and classic rock to heavy metal and punk. With multiple instruments and an impressive selection of online and offline game mo...

Like Nellie McKay? Then Check Out Kinnie Starr

8/7/2006 4:18pm EDT
Canada's MC-singer-poet-actress-beatnik Kinnie Starr returns with her latest enchanting adventure, Anything. Her effortless smoky vocals sound more original and unorthodox as ever. Raw ballads and optimistic jams showcase Starr's seductive voice, creating a broader poppy palette on this new album out on MapleMusic Records.

Starr began making her presence felt around 1995 with edgy visual arts, graffiti, rhymes, outspoken race and gender politics, decidedly unorthodox performances, stunning good looks and envelope-pushing recordings. This combination earned her a well-deserved and devot...

Belle & Sebastian To Tour With The New Pornographers

12/27/2005 4:20pm EST
New Pornographers
While venues and dates are still being confirmed, Matador Records has announced that Belle & Sebastian and The New Pornographers will be touring together in early '06 throughout North America, the former in support of the forthcoming 'The Life Pursuit', the latter behind the consensus pick for the album of 2006, 'Twin Cinema' (click for review).

A live recording of Belle & Sebastian performing their classic 'If You're Feeling Sinister' album live at London's Barbican as part of ATP's "Don't Look Back" series is now available for exclusive iTunes Music store purchase, all proceeds to b...

Late Night With Conan O'Brien Guests & Musical Acts For December

11/29/2005 3:33pm EST
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NBC has released the list of guests and musical performers on Late Night With Conan O'Brien for the month of Decemeber. Some notable guests include Heidi Klum, Jim Carrey, Lara Flynn Boyle, Adrien Brody, Coldplay and The White Stripes. The full list is below...

These listings are subject to change. More performers/guests are still TBA. Check local listings for exact showtimes.

Thursday, Dec. 1:

Alan Alda, Billy Joel

Friday, Dec. 2:

Gisele Bundchen, Dane Cook, The White Stripes

Monday, Dec. 5:

Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, Common

Tuesday, Dec. 6:

Adrien Brody, ...

Neko Case Talks About Her New Album

11/23/2005 10:29am EST
Neko Case
"I've given up on typical song structure," says Neko Case, reflecting on the twelve new songs on her ambitious, riveting new album 'Fox Confessor Brings The Flood" (due March 7 on Anti- Records). "I want to say what I have to say and then get out." But a close listen will reveal that Case hasn't so much given up on the typical verse-chorus-verse construct as transcended it, creating a majestic album that resonates more deeply with each listen.

"With this album," Neko Case reflects, "I wanted to try and figure out how fairy tales were born." But 'Fox Confessor' doesn't dissect the form;...