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A.C. Newman is in an ebullient mood on The New Pornographers’ sixth album, Brill Bruisers. Even when he declares a “War on the East Coast,” he’s really more interested in “blondes, brunettes, paper jets” and dreaming such surreal things as “Vancouver dressed up in the ocean” as new-wave keyboards whirl merrily around him. The title track is both an allusion to New York songwriting factory the Brill Building and an homage to those “brilliant bruisers” who love to take the wheel and go on adventures. Newman’s Canadian collective features not one but two madly charismatic backup singers who usually front their own bands — Neko Case and The Ettes’ Coco Hames — the equivalent to Patsy Cline and Dusty Springfield chiming in with Cheap Trick. New York indie-popsters The Pains of Being Pure at Heart open with their softer, Smiths-style jangle. —Falling James

Fri., Oct. 17, 7 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 10/17/14)

LA Weekly