February 5th, 2020 | Photos

Photography by Matt Cowan

The New Pornographers filled the Fonda Theatre with new music from their latest endeavor In the Morse Code of Brake Lights. Neko Case, Carl Newman, John Collins, Blaine Thurier and Kathryn Calder were on fire with their vocal work, singing us stories:

You look just like a starmaker
That is not like a star
And it looked good on paper
That is the cruelest part

So look alive, it’s much cheaper
The dead have expensive taste
The lookalikes found their way here
It’s you they want to replace

Yeah there’s room at the top
Pretty cheap for the view
But the vertigo drop put the skyline askew
Made me trip on a step, then I flew for awhile
Falling down the stairs of your smile
Falling down the stairs of your smile

Support was far from boring as Diane Coffee lifted our spirits with new single “The Letdown.”

Setlist via

Falling Down the Stairs of Your Smile
Sing Me Spanish Techno 
You’ll Need a Backseat Driver
Dancehall Domine
Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk 
The Bones of an Idol
Whiteout Conditions
Colossus of Rhodes
You Won’t Need Those Where You’re Going
The Laws Have Changed
The Surprise Knock
Higher Beams
Avalanche Alley
Testament to Youth in Verse
Dreamlike and on the Rush
All the Old Showstoppers
Adventures in Solitude
Champions of Red Wine
Play Money
The Bleeding Heart Show
Mass Romantic
Brill Bruisers
Letter From an Occupant