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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Speedy Ortiz

Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is with the Massachusetts-based band Speedy Ortiz. Formed in 2011 as the solo project of singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis, Speedy Ortiz currently features drummer/vocalsist Mike Falcone, guitarist Devin McKnight and bassist Darl Ferm. Having spent countless dates on the road following 2013′s Major Arcana, Speedy Ortiz released their second album, Foil Deer, earlier this year on Carpark Records. They stopped by our studio to play songs from the new album right after a show at Johnny Brenda’s.

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Totally Boss: Speedy Ortiz plays LIVE on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete
Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete

You’ve missed it and it’s missed you. The Indie Rock Hit Parade is BACK tonight at 11pm on XPN! Tune in for a grand two-hour show, featuring some really special stuff you won’t want to miss. First and foremost, we’ve got a killer new IRHP LIVE Studio Session with Speedy Ortiz! The Massachusetts band recently dropped by our studio to play songs from their new album, Foil Deer. The performances are raw, honest and not to be missed. We’ll also spotlight the new album from California guitarist Mikal Cronin, MCIII! All that, plus a few of these new tracks that have been itching to infiltrate your ears:

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Heat Goes On: Django Django, Titus Andronicus and Tame Impala on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Django Django | Photo courtesy of the artist
Django Django | Photo courtesy of the artist

It’s all about feeling the heat on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade. We’re back tonight at 11pm on WXPN, and tonight’s two-hour show is loaded with new tracks that are sure to get you worked up. We’ll be spotlighting Born Under Saturn, the newly released album from Django Django, and premiering a few choice tunes that are dripping off the presses. These are but a few of those:

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Prince Rama

Prince Rama | Photo by Katie Tapman
Prince Rama | Photo by Katie Tapman

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is with a band that has had no problem standing out in the crowded landscape that is modern music. Formed by sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson, Prince Rama have been releasing immersive, expansive albums at a steady clip since 2008. With Taraka on vocals and Nimai on drums (and Sasha Lord joining on keys), Prince Rama’s music is a kaleidoscopic collision of electronic, Indian, gospel and whatever other genres they can think of. Out on tour with Dan Deacon, Prince Rama stopped by our studios to play some songs from their in-progress new album.

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The Now Age: Prince Rama plays LIVE on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade

Prince Rama | GIF by Julian Bozeman
Prince Rama | GIF by Julian Bozeman

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is ready to make your brain move tonight. Tune in at 11pm ET (or better yet, stay tuned after Making Time RAD-io with Dave P) for a full two-hour mix of brand new tracks and moldy old favorites. We’ve got a special treat direct from parts unknown (Brooklyn): Prince Rama will premiere songs from their in-progress new album, live in our studio!

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Terracotta Heart: Damon Albarn on Blur’s return

Damon Albarn | Photo by Mark Metcalfe
Damon Albarn | Photo by Mark Metcalfe

As his beloved band Blur returns with its first new album in over a decade, Damon Albarn talked with XPN’s Eric Schuman for our Monday night New Music Show. Albarn talks about the making of The Magic Whip, with sessions initially serving as a way to pass the time while the band was stuck in Asia following a cancelled festival date. Though a tour in support of the new album is on Albarn’s mind, he remains reliably busy with other projects, including a new musical based on Alice In Wonderland.

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I’m not bossy, I’m the boss: Speedy Ortiz, Waxahatchee & Jacco Gardner on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade

Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete
Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete

After a brief break, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is back and better than ever. Tune in at 11pm tonight (right after Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour edition with a lot of ground to cover. On tonight’s Weekly Album Spotlight, we’ll dig into Foil Deer, the newly released second album from Boston’s Speedy Ortiz. The band happens to be in town this weekend at Johnny Brenda’s, and word on the street is that they’ll be paying us a visit for an in-studio session, too! There are plenty more things to explore and discover on tonight’s show, like a few of these fresh gems:

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Limited Devotion: A Non-Deadhead’s Guide to the Grateful Dead

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Plenty of things make the Grateful Dead a band that should completely disinterest me: The marathon concerts, the unflinchingly loyal (and oft-lampooned) fanbase, the band’s surviving members attempting to keep the dream alive despite the decades-long absences of key players. And let’s not start on the noodling. Oh, the noodling. It would appear as though the deck is stacked against any likelihood of my being a ‘Deadhead.’

While I would not go that far in describing my relationship with ‘The Dead,’ I would comfortably describe myself as a fan. Am I as big a fan as my mother? I don’t think anyone could ever be. But could a band with such lasting appeal and wide-ranging influence really have nothing to offer to music lovers of my generation?

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Take a nice big bite: The Mountain Goats, Hop Along & Young Guv on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

The Mountain Goats | Photo by Lissa Gottwals
The Mountain Goats | Photo by Lissa Gottwals

If you’re looking for action, look no further than tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN. Starting at 11pm, it’s a non-stop, two-hour showcase of some seriously great new releases (with a couple of old favorites thrown in for good measure). The centerpiece of tonight’s show is our Weekly Album Spotlight, where we’ll be hearing a few tracks from Beat The Champ, the new release from The Mountain Goats. Sure, this is their 15th full-length, but John Darnielle and company have become reinvigorated over the past few years, amping up production value and honing the wry and personal lyrics that have become the band’s trademark. Even if you’re not a fan of professional wrestling, you won’t be able to resist the self-examination and reflection (and hooks) to be found on Beat The Champ. Aside from that, we’ve got a stacked lineup of new tunes to get to, including a few of these.

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders

Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders | Photo by Eric Schuman
Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders | Photo by Eric Schuman

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade live session is with the Australian band Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders. To call this group the electro/dream pop vehicle for singer/guitarist Tim Rogers (a.k.a. Jack Ladder) would be putting it a bit too simply. Featuring several prolific musicians in its traveling roster, the Dreamlanders is just one outlet of a creative hive-mind. With the collaborative aid of guitarist Kirin J. Callinan, bassist Donny Benet, drummer Laurenz Pike and keyboardist Neal Sutherland, Jack Ladder brings songs from his new album, Playmates, to life in our studio.

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