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A.C. Newman

The New Pornographers - FUV Live - 2014

by Carmel Holt

Over the 14 years and six albums that have shaped The New Pornographers, founding member Carl Newman has been the steadfast constant in what has evolved into a collective. Bandmates Neko Case and Dan Bejar have significant solo careers and in recent years, Newman has begun releasing albums under his own name. The geography has shifted too as Carl now makes his home in Woodstock, NY; band members are now spread out between Canada and the States. But what could amount to the dissolution of other groups has only strengthened the power and sound of The New Pornographers, resulting in what has been hailed as one of 2014’s best albums, Brill Bruisers.

A.C. Newman - Words and Music - 2012

by Kara Manning
A.C. Newman photo by Caleb Beyers

A.C. Newman deftly juggles his solo career with his band, The New Pornographers, but even he admits that his new album, Shut Down The Streets, might be the release that most successfully bridges both worlds. It's also his most personal album to date, and between live performances in Studio A, A.C. spoke with me about family, Woodstock, Neko Case and even honeybees.