Review: The New Pornographers @ Terminal 5

09Dec10


The New Pornographers
stopped in NYC earlier this week before heading to England for a few shows. I missed the opener—Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, but The New Pornographers put on a solid 2-hour show. I don’t have their most recent album Together, but having listened to their older albums quite a lot, it was easy to figure out which songs were the new ones. They played some great ones like “Bleeding Heart Show,” “Sing Me Spanish Techno,” and “Use It”. They also played “Hey, Snow White” from the Dark was the Night compilation album. The whole gang was there (which mainly means that none of the members’ solo projects conflicted with the show). This is a rare treat, and I’ve learned that it’s just not the same when the whole band isn’t there. They did have a flashy sign as a backdrop, in case you forgot what concert you were at.

I’m a little sad because all of the bands I like to see live have graduated from venues like Bowery Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg and The Bell House. Bands like The New Pornographers now appear at larger places like Terminal 5 and even Radio City Music Hall. Next time it will be Madison Square Garden! This is all good for the bands, but I miss those days of being up close and personal. It makes for a better concert experience, for sure. And the lack of crowds is a huge plus. Though, I must say that this weekend I’ll being attending a show in a living room, so I guess it all balances out.

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