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Get jolly with tonight’s very special Indie Rock HOLIDAY Parade!

Dent May | Photo courtesy of the artist
Dent May | Photo courtesy of the artist

Break out your favorite kind of nog for a very special edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade! Tonight at 11pm (remember, that’s our new regular time!), the show becomes the Indie Rock HOLIDAY Parade: a full two-hour showcase of new and classic holiday sounds from some of your favorite indie artists. We’ll hear a few selections that are brand new for this year’s holiday season, and a very special guest will drop by to pick a retro favorite!

Here are a few of the things that might deck your halls tonight:
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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Teen Men

Teen Men | Photo by John Vettese
Teen Men | Photo by John Vettese

This week’s Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session features the Wilmington-based multimedia supergroup Teen Men! Formed by Nick Krill and Joe Hobson of The Spinto Band, Teen Meen also features a pair of visual artists, Catherine Maloney and Albert Birns. Though Birns wasn’t able to make it to our session, he was capably filled in for by Strand Of Oaks/Buried Beds keyboardist Eliza Hardy Jones. Teen Men’s music is more than just a soundtrack to their captivating video collages, employing playful synthesizers and jagged electric guitars.

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Stay up late with the Indie Rock Hit Parade at its new time!

Stars | Photo by Shervin Lainez, Courtesy of ATO Records
Stars | Photo by Shervin Lainez, Courtesy of ATO Records

The Indie Rock Hit Parade has always been proud to be a nighttime show on XPN, but do we dare go even LATER? Join host Eric Schuman (that’s me) each and every Friday night for a full two-hour show, now and forevermore at the new time of 11pm! This week, starting at 11pm, we’ll conclude our survey of the best indie releases of 2014. Also on this week’s show, starting at 11pm, we’ll have an all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session with the multimedia supergroup TEEN MEN (featuring members of The Spinto Band & Strand Of Oaks)! Don’t miss these tracks and more on the Indie Rock Hit Parade, tonight at 11pm:

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Hear the Best (and nothing but the best) of the Indie Rock Hit Parade tonight!

Future Islands | Photo by Timothy Saccenti
Future Islands | Photo by Timothy Saccenti

As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to make your picks of the best music of the year! Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade features two full hours of the best of what 2014 had to offer. Starting at 10pm, we’ll hear tracks from some of our favorite newcomers as well as grand returns from old friends. And don’t forget to vote for your own Top 10 Songs of 2014 in the XPN Year In Review!

Here are a few things you’ll hear tonight:
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Get fresh with Ariel Pink, Ex Hex & Parquet Courts on tonight’s ‘Compact’ Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Ariel Pink | Photo courtesy of the artist
Ariel Pink | Photo courtesy of the artist

Seeing as how it’s the Final Friday of the month, the Indie Rock Hit Parade gets condensed down to a one-hour Compact Edition at 11pm tonight on XPN! Stay tuned after Land Of The Lost for a spotlight on art-pop provocateur Ariel Pink‘s new LP, plus a few of these mighty fine tracks:

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Alvvays

Alvvays | Photo by Eric Schuman
Alvvays | Photo by Eric Schuman

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session takes us out of the studio and into one of South Philly’s new favorite clubhouses, the Boot & Saddle. Joining us for a live session/pre-show soundcheck is the Toronto quintet Alvvays. Get past the hurdle of their slightly perplexing name (it’s pronounced the same as “always”) and you’ll be rewarded with one of this year’s strongest debut albums. Alvvays’ self-titled record was released back in July and quickly became an Indie Rock Hit Parade staple. Jangly, melodic and occasionally noisy, Alvvays is the sound of a young band with both a firm root in the past and a distinct vision for the future. Continue reading →

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Hear Alvvays perform live & dig in to new TV On The Radio on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Alvvays | Photo courtesy of the artist
Alvvays | Photo courtesy of the artist

We’re back tonight at 10pm with an all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Tune in to hear a very special Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session with the Toronto quintet Alvvays, recorded on stage at the Boot & Saddle! We’ll also dive into Seeds, the newly released album from the mighty TV On The Radio, and explore new reissues from shoegazers Bedhead and James Mercer’s pre-Shins band Flake Music. And don’t miss these tracks in the mix:

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Spotlight on Parquet Courts, Belle & Sebastian and Ty Segall on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Parquet Courts | Photo by Ben Rayner
Parquet Courts | Photo by Ben Rayner

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to your on-the-move lifestyle tonight at 10pm on XPN! Listen in for new music from those lovable rascals Parquet Courts, who have just unleashed their second album of 2014. Content Nausea is out now and we’ll hear a few tracks from it on tonight’s Album Spotlight. We’ve also got new tracks like these to get to in tonight’s full, two-hour show:
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Jenny Lewis brings rainbows and euphoria to Union Transfer

Jenny Lewis | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com
Jenny Lewis | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

I like to think that, even if her job was being the polar opposite of a musician (earplug fitter, I suppose), Jenny Lewis would still find use for a rainbow pantsuit. Her Technicolor garb matches the widescreen sound she’s explored since the last days of Rilo Kiley, right up to this year’s stellar solo effort The Voyager. Lewis brought an abridged version of her lively stage show to our XPoNential Music Festival this past summer, which featured guest appearances by members of Dawes and The Voyager‘s producer, Ryan Adams. Back on her own (and aided by a real wrecking crew of a backing band), Lewis returned on an unseasonably balmy evening for a sold-out show at Union Transfer. Continue reading →