Why, you may ask, do we call this show the Indie Rock Hit Parade when the word ‘rock’ only describes part of the music played? Sure, calling it the ‘Indie Rock-Folk-Dance-Punk-Baroque-Noise Hit Parade’ might be more accurate (especially considering the most recent episode’s playlist), but that name is a bit much and doesn’t even lend itself to a cool acronym.
Anyway, the latest Indie Rock Hit Parade featured a wide spectrum of sounds, from LA skate-punks FILDAR to the neo-no wave of the UK’s Savages. Acoustic-based contributions from Little Green Cars and Stornoway contrasted more abrasive outbursts from Clinic and Prince Rama. Below, stream a playlist of tracks from the show!
The Indie Rock Hit Parade will be taking the week off (to make room for the NonCOMMvention live broadcasts), but returns on Friday, March 24th with an all-new, two-hour episode. Below are a few of the things you might hear on that upcoming show… Continue reading →
The most recent episode of XPN’s Indie Rock Hit Parade was a clearinghouse of sorts. Many of the bands we heard are either brand new or just breaking out, like Belfast’s gloomy Girls Names and Chelsea Light Moving (the new project of Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore). There were some new local heroes, too: Waxahatchee and Bleeding Rainbow each got a moment in the spotlight.
Stream the songs from the latest Indie Rock Hit Parade below, and preview a few tracks from the next all-new episode, starting tonight at 10pm on WXPN!
Since the Final Fridays of each month are Land of the Lost territory on WXPN, the Indie Rock Hit Parade was presented in a compact, hour-long format this past week. Despite the time constraints, we still got to hear plenty of fresh tracks from Iggy & The Stooges, The History Of Apple Pie, Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow and more! Stream a Spotify playlist of the show below!
And here are a few tracks you’re sure to hear on the next Indie Rock Hit Parade, tomorrow night at 10pm on WXPN!
Another week, another new music-packed edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade. This most recent episode featured scores of noteworthy acts, from UK rockers Yuck (who just lost their front-man to the allure of a solo career), to Philadelphia’s own Strand Of Oaks (who released an EP of early takes on tracks from Dark Shores).
Stream the songs from last week’s show below, and tune in tomorrow night (right after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) for a compact version of the Indie Rock Hit Parade, starting at 11pm on XPN!
Bonus! Check out these tracks that I’ll premier tomorrow night!
The all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade is going full steam, showcasing all that’s new and notable in the vast world of independent music. Even more boundless mayhem awaits, so gear up for tomorrow night’s edition by streaming tracks from last week’s show.
Plus, here are a few tracks you might just hear on the next show, kicking off at 10pm tomorrow night on XPN!
Several years ago, there was a late-night show on XPN that showcased the best of the then-burgeoning indie rock revolution. That was the Indie Rock Hit Parade. I could not be more excited to bring back this classic XPN show for a new generation of indie rockers (‘indie generations’ operate kinda like ‘dog years’).
Join me tomorrow night starting at 10pm for a smattering of furiously independent music from all over the world. Most of what’s played on the Hit Parade is fresh out of the oven, but chances are you’ll recognize some familiar faces and voices in the mix. Here’s a little sampling of what you might hear:
For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Today, WXPN host Eric Schuman explores his favorite “Philadelphia Phoenixes.” And no, that’s not a sports team.
I started working at XPN in the spring of 2006. I was quickly exposed to some of Philadelphia’s brightest up-and-comers, many of whom still rock/pop/hop to this day. Some bands didn’t last, but an uncanny thing happened in 2012: members of several of those beloved bands reemerged with new names and newer sounds. Here are five of my favorite second acts in Philadelphia in 2012. Continue reading →