Set your VCR: The New Pornographers announce ‘Brill Bruisers,’ release title track, plan Boston visit


AC Newman has a hot tip for all of us with little free time these days. “Finally I can tweet freely about our LP, Brill Bruisers,” he tweeted on Tuesday. “Let me save you some blog-reading: It’s our best one yet.”

Of course, he’s talking about a new record from the New Pornographers, the Vancouver ensemble’s sixth studio album. Brill Bruisers will be out August 26 via Matador, and the crew have a pretty good-sized North American tour to celebrate it. The New Pornographers, with Neko Case and Dan Bejar in tow, will hit the House of Blues in Boston on November 19. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Brill Bruisers is the band’s first record since 2010’s Together, recorded in upstate New York and Vancouver. “This is a celebration record,” says Newman. “After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that. We wanted Xanadu and we wanted Sigue Sigue Sputnik, which translated into sparklier and faster.”


Check out the jubilant first single and title track below, as well as the full run of tour dates and a cool interactive album-artwork feature.

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July 18-20 Pemberton, BC Pemberton Music Festival
August 29-31 Edmonton, AB Sonic Boom Festival
September 6 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
September 6-7 Toronto, ON Riot Fest
October 5 & 6 Seattle, WA The Showbox*
October 8 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom*
October 9 Boise, ID Knitting Factory*
October 10 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot*
October 11 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre*
October 13 Phoenix, AZ The Crescent Ballroom*
October 14 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre*
October 15 Pioneertown, CA Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace*
October 17 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern*
October 18 San Diego, CA North Park Theatre*
November 4 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom*
November 5 Asheville, NC Orange Peel*
November 6 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre*
November 7 New Orleans, LA Civic Theatre*
November 7-9 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest
November 10 St. Louis, MO The Pageant*
November 11 Omaha, NE Slowdown*
November 13 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater*
November 14 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre*
November 15 Cleveland, OH House of Blues*
November 17 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom*
November 19 Boston, MA House of Blues*
November 20 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer*
November 21 Washington, DC 9:30 Club*
November 23 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle*

*with special guest The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart