A Cana­dian in­die rock dou­ble bill

Toronto Life - - Culture -

The New Pornog­ra­phers and Born Ruf­fi­ans

Oct. 14, Massey Hall Van­cou­ver su­per­group the New Pornog­ra­phers have pumped out in­fec­tious power pop for 20 years, tweak­ing their gui­tar rock with synths and ex­per­i­men­tal flour­ishes to stay fresh. On their new al­bum, Whi­te­out Con­di­tions, they’re down a man (song­writer Dan Be­jar bowed out to fo­cus on his other project, De­stroyer), but duo A. C. New­man and Neko Case more than hold their own with ef­fort­less har­monies. The band is backed up by lo­cal favourites Born Ruf­fi­ans, whose tunes dwell in the same in­die sphere, al­beit with more bite— no one yelps quite like front man Luke LaLonde.

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