Win New Pornographers Tickets
In October of 2005, The New Pornographers played at the Mercy Lounge here in Nashville. If I had been doing this blog then, it undoubtably would have been my pick for concert of the year. Dan Bejar was touring with them (Destroyer opened the show), and their set was two hours of absolute pop bliss. Seeing them play "The Bleeding Heart Show" with Neko Case singing the harmonies at the end was one of those magical hair-standing-up-on-the-back-of-your-neck concert experiences that just don't happen very often (you can relive the magic visually here).
On Friday, April 18, the Pornographers return to Nashville (minus Dan, though Destroyer will be at the Mercy Lounge on April 29), playing in the exact same building, this time downstairs in the Cannery Ballroom. Okkervil River will open the show, and you can go for free. Here's how...
Like every other member of the band, the New Pornographers isn't keyboardist/vocalist Kathryn Calder's only gig. Shoot us an email with the subject the subject line "FREE PORN", and give us your name and the name of Kathryn's other band. Do it by midnight on Thursday, April 3, and we'll draw a winner next Friday. That lucky person and a friend of their choosing will be going to the show for free, courtesy of Matador Records. If you don't win tickets, or you're morally opposed to games of chance, you can buy your tix here.
New Pornographers - "My Rights Versus Yours" (mp3) from Challengers
New Pornographers - "Graceland" (mp3) from Matador at Fifteen
Okkervil River - "Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe" (mp3) from The Stage Names
Finally, if you like free swag (CDs and concert tix and autographed stuff, oh my!) and would like to help promote Beggars/Matador artists around town (the likes of Blonde Redhead, Vampire Weekend, The National, Tapes 'n Tapes, Stephen Malkmus, Cat Power and such), contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can help with the Beggars/Matador street team.