Q+A: The New Pornographers

The New Pornographers are a power pop band from Vancouver that are known for their unique sound, courtesy of their many vocalists.. Since their beginning in 1997, the band has released seven studio albums, with Whiteout Conditions which was released in April. With a show in Ottawa on Oct. 12, The Charlatan caught up with vocalist and keyboardist for the band, Kathryn Calder. The Charlatan (TC): So, my first question is regarding musical influences for the band: is there a particular style of music you use for inspiration or anything else? Kathryn Calder (KC): It really depends on what everyone is into at the moment. Every record will have a different message depending on what we used to inspire that album; […]

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Album Review: Neko Case’s ‘The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You’

The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You Neko Case Released by Anti Records   Neko Case’s new album, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, is a gripping dance between despair and dark beauty. Case, who is also a member of The New Pornographers, explores her own ghosts through powerful vocal lines and clever lyrics on her sixth solo album. All of Case’s struggle and strife comes through on the album, and there are some moments that are truly heart-wrenching. However, Case seems to be very aware of the beauty that comes from tragedy, and she’s embraced it to create […]

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