Concert Previews

The New Pornographers, most of whom record on their own, will get together at the Trocadero on Monday.
The New Pornographers, most of whom record on their own, will get together at the Trocadero on Monday.
Posted: June 18, 2010

The New Pornographers

More is more: That's the implicit credo of the New Pornographers. Masterminded by Carl Newman, the Pornographers are an army eight strong, most of whom have active careers of their own. Those careers sometimes conflict with tours, but for this initial round behind their excellent fifth album Together, all the principals are, uh, together. That means we'll get Dan Bejar, who records his own albums as Destroyer and whose knotty eccentricity provides three songs on each Pornos album ("Silver Jenny Dollar" is one of Together's highlights). And Neko Case, who forsakes her own beautifully sober solo work to add her powerhouse voice to the Pornographers' extroverted pop ("Crash Years" is her best of show). And, of course, Newman, whose solo albums (as A.C. Newman) are very good but who, fortunately, still shares his best work with his Porno partners so the songs end up with more hooks, more massed harmonies, and more pure pop pleasures.

- Steve Klinge


The New Pornographers with the Dodos and the Dutchess & the Duke play at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. Tickets: $27. Information: 215-922-6888, www.thetroc.com.

Brad Paisley

Summer and Brad Paisley just seem perfect together. The young country superstar can be a little too clever and glib at times with his writing, but he never slicks up the music, which is a savvy blend of the traditional and the contemporary. His clean-cut charm and crowd-pleasing songcraft are undeniable. So are his talents as a guitarist, which he displays without ever seeming self-indulgent. Also on the bill is Darius Rucker, the strong-voiced Hootie and the Blowfish front man who made a very credible turn to country with 2008's engaging Learn to Live.

- Nick Cristiano


Brad Paisley, with Darius Rucker and Justin Moore, play 4 p.m. Saturday at the Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden. Tickets: $26.50-$59.75. Phone: 215-336-2000.

Hole

Courtney Love strains to sound fearsome and scandalous on Nobody's Daughter, her just so-so revival of the Hole brand. The new Hole - which begins its U.S. tour at the Electric Factory on Tuesday - includes only Love from the band's '90s glory days, and Nobody's Daughter, not surprisingly, doesn't come close to measuring up to either 1994's classic Live Through This or 1998's underrated Celebrity Skin. Love will, however, be mixing songs from those halcyon days with screechy new ones like "Skinny Little Bitch" and surprisingly soft ones like "For Once in My Life." And the 45-year-old widow of Kurt Cobain remains a loose cannon who can command your attention with her onstage antics when the music isn't doing the trick.

- Dan DeLuca


Hole with Foxy Shazam play 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Electric Factory, Seventh and Willow Streets. Tickets: $35. Information: 215-627-1332, www.ticketmaster.com.

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