Twenty seven songs and nearly two hours later, The New Pornographers left the Los Angeles crowd at The Wiltern floored with a career spanning set. Touring for their excellent 2014 Matador release Brill Bruisers, they played nearly every track from it while also taking the time to play the songs fans wanted to hear from their other five albums.
A.C. Newman, Dan Bejar, Neko Case, and Kathryn Calder – all successful in their own right – really jived on stage with the interplay of their harmonies enveloping the crowd. It was just a good vibe, and they managed to make the rather large venue seem much more intimate. It was hard not to have fun, no matter how big of a fan you were.
The lineup was bolstered by dream pop favorite The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, whom I’ve had the pleasure of seeing multiple times since their 2009 debut. They seemed fresh and eager to deliver a great show, and Kip Berman and crew played a solid but short set. Their retro vibes permeated the room, and everyone was digging it and left wanting more. They were extremely gracious on stage, with Kip taking the time to thank all who have continued to support them including his parents who were in the front row. The band is also touring to promote a new full length release, Days of Abandon.
Both The New Pornographers and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart sounded great, and seeing the combination of these two acts in one show proved to be a perfect way to spend a Friday night.