We have two pairs of tickets to give away to see the Canadian pop supergroup Friday at The Civic Theatre.
[I]f the previous two New Pornographers records sometimes had a procedural air about them (with each vocalist checking in to collect their three-song rations), the vim and vigor of Brill Bruisers forcefully reasserts just how important and therapeutic the enterprise is to all involved. And that album title is brilliantly apropos for both the song-factory connotations and intimations of violence: here, the New Pornographers resemble not so much a supergroup as a gang, wielding hooks like shivs, guitar riffs like machine guns, and synths like laser beams. The opening title track isn’t just a blown-out bubblegum pop song made from a box full of Bazooka Joes—it’s a swarming, instantly thrusting you into a dizzying flurry of “bo-ba-ba-bo” harmonies coming at you from all sides. The steady beat of latter-day New Pornographers may remain, but it’s delivered with the force of a body check.
The Canadian pop classicists return to New Orleans to play The Civic Theatre Friday night with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart opening. My Spilt Milk has two pairs of tickets to see The New Pornographers; register here to win. The contest closes Thursday at 5 p.m.