Two of indie rock's most prominent bands will take the stage tonight as the New Pornographers and the Walkmen will be featured in a fantastic double bill at Town Ballroom. Forming in Vancouver in 1997, the New Pornographers burst onto the scene in 2000 with their debut album Mass Romantic, a near perfect collection of power pop. Like fellow Canadian band Broken Social Scene, most, if not all of the members, of the band have their own side/solo projects that keep them busy. Lead singer Carl Newman has released two solo indie pop albums under the name of A.C. Newman, frequent contributor Dan Bejar fronts his own band, Destroyer, in addition to being a member of another indie rock super group Swan Lake, and keyboardist Kathryn Calder is a member of indie pop group Immaculate Machine. Fellow singer Neko Case, who features one of the strongest voices in indie rock, has been releasing terrific alt-country albums since 1997.
Also playing tonight are New York City's Walkmen. Forming from the ashes of indie rock band Jonathan Fire*Eater in 2000, the band's mix of post-punk, garage, and surf rock has made them one of most consistent bands in indie rock. Lead singer Hamilton Leithauser continues to own one of the best sets of vocal chords in indie rock going from a soft croon to absolute shredding. While the band may be best known for the unrelenting blitzkrieg of guitars and drums from the 2004 single "The Rat", their 2010 release Lisbon saw the band pull back the reins slightly. Earlier songs like "Red Moon" "138th Street" and "Canadian Girl", hinted at the direction of Lisbon, which features more intimate moments, white maintaining the unnerving tension of their past work, especially on album standout "Blue as Your Blood".
Tonight's double bill of the New Pornographers and the Walkmen will begin tonight at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:00pm and tickets are $28.