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New Pornographers' shift still packed with pop

Over nearly two decades, The New Pornographers have churned out seven albums of pristine power pop while boasting a seven- to eight-member band roster that reads like an alt-rock all-star team.

A.C. Newman of Zumpano. Dan Bejar and John Collins of Destroyer. Neko Case of, well, Neko Case. Cohesive and enjoyably cacophonous, the Canadian super-collective has routed a relatively smooth ride throughout its ambitious artistic collaboration. But with the departure of drummer Kurt Dahle and Bejar – who has served as one of the Pornographers’ three lead singers – and a stylistic foray into elements of Krautrock with this year’s “Whiteout Conditions,” the band is navigating new territory.

Thankfully, this terrain has done nothing to knock the act off track. Newman and Case – now more involved on record and the touring schedule – carry the vocal load; the band’s adopted genre influence has produced infectious singles such as the Case-led “Play Money” or Newman’s driving “High Ticket Attractions.”

It’s a shift still cast in the group’s mold, which is good news for longtime fans headed to its upcoming Babeville show.

The New Pornographers with Cloud Nothings: 8 p.m. July 25 at Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Doors are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 (box office, Ticketweb).

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