The members of Canadian power-pop crew the New Pornographers are keeping plenty busy these days. Singer-guitarist Carl "A.C." Newman will release his second solo album, Get Guilty, on January 20th. And in March, singer Neko Case will put out her latest set of country-pop tunes. Titled Middle Cyclone, the disc features an all-star crew of guests including the Band's Garth Hudson, M. Ward and many of her New Pornographers bandmates, in addition to her five-piece backing band. "Whenever I'd hear a musician was in town, I'd be like 'Get 'em down here!' " says Case.
Case also tells Rolling Stone that the New Pornographers are prepping their follow-up to last year's Challengers. The group plans to start recording early next year. (There is no tentative release date slotted, however, according to the band's label, Matador Records.) "Carl told me the other day he's got a bunch of demos for the new record," she says, "So I'll be getting those pretty soon, and we'll probably start working on that in the new year."