A Canadian indie rock double bill
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.