When: Fri., June 25, 8 p.m. 2010
An obscene concentration of talent: Canada's The New Pornographers formed in 1997, only a few years before the Great White Northern assemblage sprouted three heavyweight solo careers. Maybe you've heard of Neko Case, A.C. Newman and Dan Bejar's Destroyer? The Pornos are currently pushing Together, a dozen expert rock songs abetted by another laundry list of household indie names. Beirut's Zach Condon, Annie "St. Vincent" Clark and Will Sheff of Okkervil River all make appearances alongside the Brooklyn horns of Sharon Jones' Dap-Kings.
Then there's Meric Long and Logan Kroeber, who share the bill with the Pornos and serve as the core of San Francisco acrobatic-folk troupe The Dodos. Kroeber cut his teeth drumming in metal bands, while Long sports the lengthy playing-hand nails of a "serious" guitarist and the pedigree of a dusty Delta bluesman. Last year, the duo enlisted the aid of vibraphone player Keaton Snyder. The addition tempered the jittery folk of their sophomore outing, Visiter, and swapped out its rambunctious energy for texture and a more measured pace on the Phil Ek-produced Time To Die. But its performances—documented on Live From Akropolis, Prague, recently released for free on the band's website—likely earned the trio this tour slot. The Dutchess & The Duke open. —Robbie Mackey