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The New Pornographers and Operators at the National 

Saturday, Feb. 14

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Chris Buck

The New Pornographers make music with flaming lips and Bette Davis eyes. In other words, the Canadian band represents the modern indie mainstream where the once obscure now is embraced by the masses. Their cheery, expansive take on rock is a blend of all things above and below ground in the pantheon of popular music since the Beatles. Formed in 1999, the group’s latest release, “Brill Bruisers” on Matador Records, has Jeff Lynne bubblegum pop, obscure keyboard new wave and rootsy Americana pumping in the veins of its melodic pluralism. Members bring their user-friendly history lessons, minus Richmond fave Neko Case, to the National on Friday, Feb. 14. Get there early to catch the Kraftwerked party embellishments of fellow great white natives, Operators, the new trio fronted by former Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs guitarist Dan Boeckner. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22.50-$25. thenationalva.com.
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