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- Posted on Aug 6th 2010 11:30AM by Garin Pirnia
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The group opened with 'Sing Me Spanish Techno' and immediately heads in the crowd bobbed up and down to the jangly tune. Case banged her tambourine and Bejar stumbled out late in the song to trade vocals with Case, A.C. Newman and Kathryn Calder.
After playing the revved 'Up in the Dark' from their latest album 'Together,' Newman asked the crowd, "Are you guys seeing Lady Gaga at Lolla?" It's going to be awful." Not holding anything back, Case took a shot at the diva: "At least I don't wear underwear on my head." Later on, Newman encouraged the crowd to see Green Day because they're punk, but then debated with his cohorts if Green Day was actually punk. The band sped through new songs 'Crash Years,' 'Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk,' 'Silver Jenny Dollar' and 'Moves' all the while keeping the audience dancing. Popping in and out during the set, a beer-drinking Bejar joined the band on 'Myriad Harbor, ' 'Jackie, Dressed in Cobras' and a few others then disappeared offstage.
The Pornographers mostly played their upbeat tunes like the hook-laden 'Use It' and 'Twin Cinema,' but slowed things down on 'Adventures in Solitude' and 'Go Places,' which gave Case her solo moment. The group played a couple of songs from their first record, 'Mass Romantic,' including the titular song and ended their almost two-hour set on the soaring 'The Bleeding Heart Show.' The crowd uproariously cheered for the Pornographers to come back, so they played a three-song encore replete with the folky 'Challengers,' the plucky 'My Slow Descent Into Alcoholism' and the sing-along 'Testament to Youth in Verse.' Newman and Case beseeched the audience to come see them at Lolla while Bejar held up his Corona and toasted the crowd, a harbinger for the upcoming weekend.
The New Pornographers play Lollapalooza's Budweiser stage on Friday at 4PM CT.