The New Pornographers-NXNE Headliners-Sat.,June 20th,2015@Yonge Dundas Square

By A.J.Lam


The New Pornographers played a free concert, presented by Samsung, in front of a boisterous crowd at Toronto’s Yonge Dundas Square last Saturday at 9 p.m. as part of the NXNE music festival.


A part-time group of songwriters regularly labeled as a supergroup, in spite of the fact that the band itself is largely responsible for lifting its members to fame. A.C. Newman, Neko Case, Kathryn Calder and Dan Bejar have each grown their acclaimed solo careers since the New Pornographers began in Vancouver 15 years ago.
Since the New York rapper Action Bronson’s free public headlining NXNE concert was cancelled after his misogynistic lyrics prompted a petition that generated tens of thousands of signatures, the power-pop band was the Toronto festival’s top-billed act. Ironically, a concert by the New Pornographers itself was once cancelled in Michigan due to objections to the band’s name.  A big thank you goes out to Samsung, as a title sponsor of NXNE,  and The Hard Rock Cafe for their invite and hospitality.


Set List:
Brill Bruisers
Moves
The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism
Use It
(Ended with a few comments by… more )
Dancehall Domine
Your Hands (Together)
Another Drug Deal of the Heart
The Laws Have Changed
You Tell Me Where
(A.C. missed part of his first verse)
Testament to Youth in Verse
Fantasy Fools
Adventures in Solitude
All the Old Showstoppers
Champions of Red Wine
Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk
Backstairs
Mass Romantic
Encore:
Sing Me Spanish Techno
The Bleeding Heart Show

 

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