Win A Pair Of Tickets To See The New Pornographers Live At The Orpheum

New Pornographers

Just like the title says, if you’re hoping for the chance to see some of indie rock’s finest pop masters live in concert for free, then you’ve come to the right place!

We’re thrilled to welcome The New Pornographers back to Madison for their show at The Orpheum (tickets still available for purchase here) this Wednesday, August 4th.  Their latest release, Together, has been called “another masterstroke,” “explosive and infectious yet tight and glossy,” and sure to “satisfy orchestral-rock geeks and hook-heads” by the music press.  Yup, it sure is hard not to love these guys…

Enter to win a pair of tix after the jump.

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Artists You Should Know: The New Pornographers

New Pornographers

Since the beginning of rock n’ roll, two factors have lead the cause of band breakups:  1) veering creative differences of lead singers and 2) interband sexual tension.  However, even after 13 years, The New Pornographers truck on tighter than ever, despite 3 lead singers, 2 songwriters, and an overwhelming amount of male and female talent.

With the majority of the band’s members playing multiple instruments, The New Pornos are heavily armed in their instrumentation arsenal. Wurlitzers, mandolins and banjos hide in the cervices of twangy rhythm guitars and subtle bass lines. But a crowded stage doesn’t lead to a crowded sound. The New Pornos understand the “less is more” philosophy. Despite an overpowering mass of instruments and vocal microphones, members share the limelight, and unselfish musicianship allows it to all come together.

Pop hooks have always been piled high by The New Pornos, which is why they are careful to make sure their riffs don’t sound too familiar. “We’re jamming so many influences together all at the same time that it’s too dense a salad to be something that you could put your finger on or pick apart,” said bassist John Collins in an interview with the Cornell Sun.

The New Pornographers’ sound manages to straddle the fine line between indie and mainstream, snagging fans from multiple generations and musical palettes. While “scene-cred” was probably never a concern for the band, they’ve earned it nonetheless.

Canadian indie-pop outfit The New Pornographers bring their indie-pop mojo to the historic Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday, August 4.  The Dodos kick off the night at 8pm.  Get your tickets here.

-Brett Newski

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Jakob Dylan Lands On Daytrotter

Jakob Dylan

While Tag’s in Milwaukee enjoying Mr. Dylan live in-concert this fine Thursday evening, you can enjoy the next best thing: Jakob’s recent Daytrotter session with Neko Case and Kelly Hogan. So lovely!

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Jakob Dylan’s Latest Masterpiece and An Update From Tag

Jakob Dylan

I’ve been pestering my Facebook friends with my affection for Jakob Dylan‘s new CD, Women And Country, so some of you might already be hip to this new obsession of mine. Produced by one of my favorite musicians and producers, T Bone Burnett, this record features guest appearances by avant guitarist Marc Ribot, fiddle/mandolin genius (and ex-Alpha Band member) David Mansfield, and, most notably, the stellar back-up vocals of Neko Case and Kelly Hogan.

I’ve learned to pay attention to what makes me cry, and, for whatever reason, these songs make me cry. There’s a deep beauty and wisdom about them, going beneath the surface of things:

Through rolling acres of boneyards we drift

Our spirits’ been broken been splintered to bits

Faith is believing what you see ain’t so

…we got to learn to live with these ghosts

They can’t leave and we can’t go.

-“Everybody’s Hurtin'”

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Just Announced Madison Concerts: The New Pornographers, CocoRosie, Murs, and Summer Camp Pre-Party Jamboree


New Pornographers

Wednesday, August 4, 8pm

Orpheum Theatre

$25 adv $28 dos, all ages

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, March 27 at 12 noon.




Saturday, June 19, 8pm

Barrymore Theatre

$20 adv $22 dos, all ages

Tickets on sale this Friday, March 26 at 12 noon.




Tuesday, May 11, 9pm

The Annex

$14 adv $16 dos, 18+



featuring 30db, Cornmeal, Family Groove Company, and Steez

Friday, May 7, 8pm

Barrymore Theatre

$15 adv $18 dos, all ages

This is a pre-Summer Camp festival party. The 10th Annual Summer Camp festival takes place this year in Chillicothe, IL on May 28 – 30. All four bands are playing Summer Camp.

Note: 30db is a new supergroup featuring Jeff Austin (YMSB), Brendan Bayliss (Umphrey’s McGee), and Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi AllStars).

Tickets on sale this Friday, March 26, at 12 noon.