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From Billboard.com:


New Pornographers

John Benson, Cleveland

With stateside touring winding down for the New Pornographers' latest effort, "Challengers," principal member Carl Newman tells Billboard.com he's already looking ahead.

"I think the next Pornographers record will be fairly rock," says Newman. "I think with 'Challengers,' we moved as far in this direction as we can go, unless we turn into M. Ward or something. The songs I find myself writing these days are a little bit more rock, but that's as far as I can say."

Newman, who says he hopes to have demos ready for band consumption by the end of the year for a possible 2009 street date, is also writing material for a solo album, which in a perfect world would be released this fall. As far as what differentiates a solo song from a New Pornographers' song, that answer isn't clear-cut.

"That's the confusing part," Newman says. "In a lot of ways they're similar, but in a lot of obvious ways, they're not similar. The Pornographers have all of these different people in the band and different voices, which makes a big difference. On my own records, I'm kind of left to my own devices. That can be both good and bad."

The New Pornographers, which are scheduled to perform today (April 14) and tomorrow in Washington D.C., have a Pacific Rim tour booked for Australia and Japan later this year. Newman says the band's current set, which includes a cover of the Electric Light Orchestra's "Don't Bring Me Down," is a career retrospective, while showcasing "Challengers" material in a new light.

"I think the songs have a little bit more rock power live, across the board," Newman says. "A song like 'Challengers,' which has pretty much no drums on the record, is a little louder. And that's the kind of stuff that happens when you play them live and they have a little bit more weight to them, I guess."

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Hello friends,

We have some very unfortunate news to report. Neko had a really bad fall in Washington DC, which resulted in a fractured ankle, and will be leaving our tour today. She was really trying to be a trooper and stayed on as long as was possible through Richmond and Athens, but it has gotten to the point where she must return home and have her ankle taken care of and to recuperate. She's very upset about having to leave, it's been super fun having her on stage and around the bus.

We hope that you understand Nashville, St. Louis, Chicago, Madison, and Cleveland. The rest of us will just have to play that much harder to put on the best show possible.

Aside from Neko's fall, this has been a SUPER great tour for us, and thank you thank you thank you for everyone who has come out so far and bought tickets for the remaining shows.




Apr 18: Nashville, TN @ The Cannery *

Apr 19: St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant SOLD OUT

Apr 20: Chicago, IL @ Riviera SOLD OUT

Apr 21: Madison, WI @ Orpheum *

Apr 22: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom * SOLD OUT

May 24: Gorge, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival

May 25: Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp Festival

June 21: Minneapolis, MN @ Walker Arts Center w/ Andrew Bird

June 22: Calgary, AB @ V Fest

July 18: Bennicassim Spain @ Festival Internacional de Benicàssim

Aug 07: Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theater w/Grizzly Bear

Aug 08: Jersey City, NJ @ Liberty State Park

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