Ithaca, N.Y. — Canadian rockers The New Pornographers will play at Ithaca’s State Theatre tonight at 8 p.m.
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Tickets are $30 at the door. The show is co-sponsored by the Cornell Concert Commission and Dan Smalls Presents.
Here are some of the band’s best songs, in this reporter’s subjective view:
Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, The New Pornographers have won critical acclaim in indie rock circles.
In 2009, Rolling Stone ranked the band’s second album the 79th best of the decade.
Brill Bruisers’ most revelatory, parameter-expanding songs are actually the most stripped-down: Calder’s quick-hit “Another Drug Deal of the Heart” serves the same reprieving function here that Tobin Sprout’s minute-long melodic morsels did on Guided by Voices’ classic mid-’90s records, while Newman’s “Hi-Rise”—boasting a circular harmony assembled from clipped vocal tics—imagines what the posthumous, animatronic line-up of his band will sound like at a 22nd-century intergalactic tiki-bar residency.
As legend has it, when recording the New Pornographers’ 2000 debut,Mass Romantic, Newman’s primary instruction to Case was to “sing like a robot”; with the futurist sound of Brill Bruisers, the whole band embraces a more electric version of itself—bulked-up in chrome-plated armor, firing on all cylinders, and ready to steamroll anything in its path.
See you at the show!