Monday, October 29, 2012

A.C. Newman tonight at the Duck Room

I first heard the songs of A.C. Newman in the background of a telephone call when I was in high school. Across telephone wires and though the receiver, there was a sound that was both familiar and brand new at the same time. These were the sounds of the first New Pornographers record, Mass Romantic. I was so ecstatic and elated that I went out to my local record store and bought the CD the next day. Flash forward to 2012: The New Pornographers hit album five album two years ago, and Carl (A.C.) Newman has just released his fabulous and personal third solo record, Shut Down the Streets. One of the great things about his work as a solo performer is that his songwriting is always consistent, no matter what name he performs under or who he’s playing with. Expect the majority of the catchy songs played at the Duck Room to be culled from the new album, as well as some of the memorable tracks from Get Guilty and The Slow Wonder. This time around, Carl will be joined by a full band of touring musicians: Paul Rigby on guitar, Megan Bradfield on bass, Nick Kinsey on drums (on loan from Elvis Perkins in Dearland), Chris Miller on flute and clarinet, and Zach Tenorio-Miller on keyboards.

Opening the show is Omaha-based The Mynabirds, fronted by the memorable Laura Burhenn, formerly of the short-lived Georgie James. Their second album, the politically themed Generals, was released on Saddle Creek earlier this year. Get there early, because this is one powerful band that you will not want to miss.
by Jack Probst

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