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The Citizens Band Prepares For A Few New Additions

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Former Cardigans singer Nina Persson was in New York last night to celebrate her new, collaborative collection with the Swedish label Hope, and luckily, her new, collaborative collection was, too. (An earlier date for the party had to be postponed after Eyjafjallajökull stranded the clothes on the far side of the pond.) The capsule collection of fur-trimmed coats, mesh layering skirts, floral dresses, and, yes, a cardigan was Persson’s first stab at designing, but the soft-spoken Persson (pictured, left, with husband Nathan Larson) was just as concerned with another first: her first child, currently in attendance as well—in utero. The pregnancy may have kept her away from the free-flowing Champagne, but it didn’t keep her offstage. After sharing a few timely maternal anxieties—”I don’t want to be one of those blog moms,” she confided about the overly anxious, neurotic Internet set—Persson performed a few songs with her new band, A Camp. There to cheer her on were James Iha and her friend, sometime housemate, and fellow expectant mother Sarah Sophie Flicker, who also performs with Persson in the collective the Citizens Band. Flicker’s second baby, a boy, is due in the fall. Has the baby boom inspired a bout of creativity in the moms-to-be? Flicker and Persson were mum on the Citizens’ future, but fellow member Karen Elson—mom of two, and with her own album coming out later this month—let it slide today that the Band is in the very beginning stages of discussing an upcoming New York residency.

Photo: Jörgen Ringstrand

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