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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 →

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Preview tonight’s XPN Halloween Spooktacular with these essential musical tricks!

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Tonight is the night, my unconventional conventionists! It’s time once again for the XPN Halloween Spooktacular. As your host, I’ll dig up an evening’s worth of creepy-crawly selections from my personal music crypt starting at 7pm! Plus, new for this year, the 10pm Indie Rock Hit Parade becomes the Indie Rock HAUNT Parade! Don’t miss two additional hours of bone-rattling sounds from the mortal indie realm.

Since you’re no doubt curious as to the nature of tonight’s horrific entertainment, allow me to share a few uncommonly essential tracks that you can add to your own Halloween playlist:
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Wig out with Foxygen, Goat and Fly Golden Eagle on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Foxygen | Photo by Cara Robbins
Foxygen | Photo by Cara Robbins

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is back tonight at 10pm on XPN! Don’t miss tonight’s show, especially if you’re a fan of rocking lo-fi psychedelic electronic hardcore jams. We’ll be spotlighting …And Star Power, the massive new double album from Foxygen, plus these fresh releases:

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Rip it up with Ex Hex, Generationals and Purling Hiss on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Ex Hex | Photo by April Greer
Ex Hex | Photo by April Greer

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to WXPN tonight at 10pm! Tune in for an uninterrupted mix of new and emerging acts (and a few old favorites, too!). Tonight, we’ll spotlight the debut release from Ex Hex, a new trio fronted by DC indie rock vet Mary Timony! We’ll also hear a few of these fresh cuts:
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Discover Flowers, Ex Hex and LVL UP on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Flowers | Photo by Ami Barwell
Flowers | Photo by Ami Barwell

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to your brainspace tonight at 10pm on WXPN! Tune in for a full-two hour edition, featuring a smattering of brand new tracks that you simply cannot miss. We’ll spotlight the debut album from classic-leaning UK trio Flowers, plus hear a few of these breaking releases:
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Get weird with King Tuff, Aphex Twin and Ariel Pink on tonight’s Compact Indie Rock Hit Parade!

King Tuff | Photo by Dan Monick
King Tuff | Photo by Dan Monick

Seeing as how it’s the Final Friday of September, it must be time for another one-hour ‘Compact’ edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Tune in at 11pm (immediately following Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake) for an abbreviated survey of some seriously fresh new releases. We’ll spotlight Black Moon Spell, the new album from garage rocker King Tuff, as well as sample a few of these selections:
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