I have attended many concerts but there are still a few bands that are on my “must see before I die” list. When the Canadian power pob collective, The New Pornographers announced they were going to play at Calvin College in Grand Rapids on October 15, I was thrilled. It seems that some indivduals were not as happy as I was because the show was canceled because “to some, (the band's name) is mistakenly associated with pornography. Consequently, Calvin, to some, was mistakenly associated with pornography. Neither the college nor the band endorses pornography.”
By rescinding the invitation to the band, Calvin earned a storm of negative media attention (Pitchfork, The Huffington Post, Christianity Today, and Chronicle of Higher Education) with many criticizing the college for not understanding the irony behind the band's name. Luckily, the band was able to find a new location for their show and I will be able to cross them of of my list.
In the meantime join me in “freeing” The New Pornographers from the shackles of shackles of censorship and close-mindedness by checking out one of their most excellent CDs from KPL. Their newest Together is filled with great hooks, melodies, and lyrics that you come to expect from this great band.