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The New Pornographers expelled from Calvin College gig

on September 14, 2010, 3:55pm

Update: The New Pornographers will play the Orbit Room on the day which the Calvin College show was originally scheduled. The venue is less than a mile from the school.

In an instance of “this had to happen at some point,” Canadian indie darlings The New Pornographers had an upcoming show at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, canceled due to their politics. Just kidding, it was their name.

According to, the band’s October 15th gig at the Calvin Fieldhouse Complex was axed after the college’s administration decided that the “irony of the band’s name was impossible to explain to many. The band’s name, to some, is mistakenly associated with pornography. Consequently, Calvin, to some, was mistakenly associated with pornography. Neither the college nor the band endorses pornography.” Because, who likes a multi-billion-dollar industry anyway?

In case you were wondering and we know you are, The New Pornographers actually derive their name from a 1966 Japanese satirical film called The Pornographers about a porn filmmaker whose business is being threatened by his family, rivals, and the government.  Turns out it’s an allegory for the state of Japan’s post-war economy, not about the naughty films your little brother loves.

If you already bought your tickets, head here to get info on a refund. Meanwhile, Calvin College is still “committed to the difficult, yet important work at faithfully engaging popular culture.” They sure are.

Well, at least there’s always Matador at 21. As always, stay tuned for more developments.

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