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The New Pornographers Lavender Diamond and the Awkward Stage, Sept. 26, The Egyptian Theatre



A name like the New Pornographers really gives no hint as to what kind of music they make. But if you're expecting (or hoping for) melodic pop music, you're in luck.

Currently, the eight-member, Canadian-based band is A.C. Newman on vocals, guitar, piano, Wurlitzer, Casio, mandolin, percussion, bass and melodion; John Collins on bass, baritone guitar, glockenspiel, mandolin, guitar, Casio, tambourine; Blaine Thurier on Fender Rhodes and sampler; Dan Bejar on vocals, shakers, guitar and piano; Kathryn Calder on vocals, piano and Wurlitzer; Kurt Dahle on drums, vocals and percussion; Neko Case on vocals; and Todd Fancey on guitar, banjo and mandolin.

Their style of music has been labeled "power pop," and the band has been called many things, chief among them a "super group." Both labels come from a combination of size, their tour schedule, their layered melodic sound and the scope and size of projects the band's members are involved in individually. It's an understandable label confirmed by one look at the members' resumes, but on their Web site ( under their tour schedule, there's an apology for a cancelled show with the note, "We are really sad to have to cancel our performance ... basically it was just too long of a drive from the preceding show (over 17 hours) to make it to the show safely ... Some people have called us 'super' in the past, but we are only human, after all, as is our driver and crew." Maybe, but after seeing them perform live, you may find yourself using the word "super" when telling your friends about them.

Sept. 26, 8 p.m., with Lavender Diamond and the Awkward Stage, $25, The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main, 208-345-0454.