Category: Indie


The New Pornographers is a Canadian indie rock band that formed out of Vancouver, British Columbia in 1999.  The band currently consists of Dan Bejar (vocals, guitar), Kathryn Calder (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Neko Case (vocals), John Collins (bass), Todd Fancey (lead guitar), Carl Newman (vocals, guitar), and Blaine Thurier (keyboards, synthesizer).

The name of the band was chosen by Carl Newman, who has said that he came up with it after watching a Japanese film called “The Pornographers”.  Many writers have assumed that the name was a reference to Jimmy Swaggart’s claim that rock and roll was “the new pornography”.  The band has released six albums to date: “Mass Romantic” (2000), “Electric Version” (2003), “Twin Cinema” (2005), “Challengers” (2007), “Together” (2010), and “Brill Bruisers (2014).

The band’s first four albums each placed in the top 40 on The Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop year-end poll of hundreds of music reviewers.  From 2000 to 2006, either a New Pornographers’ album or a solo album from one of the band’s members ranked in the top 40 on the list each year.  In 2007, Blender magazine ranked The New Pornographers’ first album, “Mass Romantic”, the 24th best indie album of all time.  It is the second highest Canadian album on the list, behind Arcade Fires’ “Funeral”, which came in sixth.  In 2009, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the band’s second studio album, “Electric Version”, No. 79 in the “100 Best Albums of the Decade”.

With the release of the band’s sixth studio album “Brill Bruiser” in 2014, which was also highly praised by fans and critics alike, it seems like The New Pornographers can do no wrong.  They are definitely a band worth checking out and I’m sure that their next album will be just as good, if not better, than their last.

Check out some of the band’s biggest hits below and see why these guys are so highly regarded within the indie music scene.

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Gallant is a new rising R&B artist from out of the Los Angeles area who has begun to make quite an impression on both fans and critics within the R&B scene.  The sudden attention can mostly be lead to Gallant’s stunning cover of the Foo Fighter’s song “Learn To Fly” which sounds so vastly different from the original, that it could be called a reinterpretation.  With thunderous drums and soaring vocals, Gallant’s “Learn To Fly” is a beautiful, heartfelt ballad that stands on its own ground as basically a completely new song.  Gallant’s falsetto range is also fantastic throughout.

Gallant performed his first live shows in June 2015 at both Los Angeles and New York City and will continue to travel around in order to get his name out there.  He is truly a new artist on the rise that people should know about.  Below are some of his biggest singles so far.  Be sure to check them out and help spread the word on Gallant.

Sources: Info: sogallant.com – Videos: YouTube – Gallant – Picture: Google Images