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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: The Black Angels

The Black Angels | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

For this latest Indie Rock Hit Parade live session, we’re joined in the studio by The Black Angels. The band has acted both as torchbearers of gloomy, doomy psychedelia as well as cornerstones of their hometown’s experimental music scene. Along with a stellar catalog of albums and EPs, The Black Angels are the head honchos of Levitation, the gathering formerly known as Austin Psych Fest. Armed with a special array of (mostly) acoustic instruments, The Black Angels beamed themselves into our studio to perform selections from their newest album, Death Song.

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Death Song: The Black Angels LIVE, new Girlpool, Big Thief and LCD Soundsystem on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

The Black Angels | Photo by Alexandra Valenti, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight with what is by far our spoooookiest live session yet! Listen starting at 11pm ET on WXPN (that’s right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese, you know) for a full two-hour show that’ll feature an in-studio performance from Austin psychedelic masters The Black Angels. The group just released a new album, Death Song, and stopped by to play some of the new tracks in a special, semi-acoustic set. It’s a session that’s not to be missed! Also be on the lookout for a spotlight on Powerplant, the second album from the (former) Philly (former) duo Girlpool. And we’ll do a little survey of bands who’ll be coming through town between now and our next show. You’ll just have to listen to hear those! Or you could preview some of them below…

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Froth

Join us for our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is the Los Angeles band Froth. Formed in 2012 by singer/guitarist JooJoo Ashworth, Froth recently released their third full-length (and first for Wichita Recordings), Outside (briefly), in February. Joined by guitarist Nick Ventura, bassist Jeremy Katz and drummer Cameron Allen, Ashworth crafts ethereal pop songs with a ferocious wall-of-noise bite. Froth performs a selection of songs from Outside (briefly) in this session…

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Soft Sounds: Froth LIVE, new LCD Soundsystem, Japanese Breakfast & Perfume Genius on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Froth | Photo by Jeff Fribourg, courtesy of the artist

Each week, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is allotted a mere two hours to fill your brain with new and exciting sounds. While that might seem like a short amount of time, a lot is accomplished in that span. For example, on tonight’s show (starting at 11pm ET on WXPN, shortly after Making Time RADio with Dave P), we’ll hear a new studio session, the grand return of a beloved band, and a few spotlights on newly released albums. First up, the live session: Los Angeles dream poppers Froth recently came through our studio to perform songs from their new album, Outside (briefly). If you dig walls of guitars mixed with ear-popping melodies, don’t miss this live set. Perhaps the biggest news in the music world is the resurrection of LCD Soundsystem. We’ll hear both sides of their comeback single in the mix tonight. And what would an IRHP be without an Album Spotlight or three? So much new stuff came out this week, we’ll dig into new records by Perfume Genius, Cayetana and The Black Lips in the second hour of tonight’s show. Preview a few of the new things below…

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Too Much Pleasure: New Feist, Sylvan Esso, The Black Angels on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Feist | still from the “Pleasure” video

This week and last have seen so many new album releases that I feel it’s proper to declare tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade as Revenge of the Night of Far Too Many New Albums! Listen for a full two-hour show starting at 11pm ET on WXPN (that’s right after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake, okay?) for loads of album spotlights and scattered new tracks. We’ll dig into long-awaited new releases from Feist and Sylvan Esso, plus new albums from The Black Angels and The New Year that shouldn’t fly under your radar. Also in the mix we’ll hear new tracks from Philly experimentalists Palm and Sonic Youth legend Thurston Moore‘s latest solo effort. Preview some of the new stuff below…

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2

Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson2 | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is with a trio of artists whose collaboration might take some explaining. Chaz Bundick has released several albums as Toro Y Moi (and one as Les Sins), and twin brothers Jonathan and Jared Mattson have released many of their own albums as the Mattson 2. When the Mattsons were opening for Toro Y Moi on a recent tour, talk of a collaboration naturally came up. Star Stuff, credited to Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2, was released earlier this month through Bundick’s own Company Records. Combining Toro Y Moi’s pop/R&B leanings with the Mattson 2’s omnivorous eclecticism, the album is a collision of both artists’ finest. Early in the morning on Easter Sunday, Bundick and the Mattsons came to our studio to camp out and record a live session. Continue reading →

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Star Stuff: Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 LIVE on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 | Photo by Lucky Banks Kenny, courtesy of the artist

You’re in for a real doozy of an Indie Rock Hit Parade tonight, friends! Listen at 11pm ET on WXPN, not too long after Making Time RADio with Dave P, for a full two-hour show that has special things galore. First up is a new IRHP Live Studio Session, as Chaz Bundick (Toro Y Moi) and the Mattson 2 perform selections from their new collaboration, Star Stuff. The album is a mind-expanding collection of psychedelic rock, electronica, jazz and just about everything else the trio can throw together. Don’t miss these three virtuosos battling it out in our studio!

In the midnight hour, we’ll preview a few Record Store Day releases, including reissues of classic albums by Luna and The Sundays, plus an epic new track from The War On Drugs. Preview some of the new things you’ll hear in the mix below…

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Out of Space: Fujiya & Miyagi, Cold Beat and Woods on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Fujiya & Miyagi | Photo by Paul Heartfield, courtesy of the artist

If you can manage to tear yourself away from the new Kendrick album for a few hours tonight, might I recommend spending some time with the Indie Rock Hit Parade? The show starts at 11pm ET on WXPN, which happens to be right after this month’s edition of What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese (another excellent way to spend your evening). On tonight’s two-hour show, we’ll spotlight new releases from UK electro vets Fujiya & Miyagi, whose new EP completes a trilogy which, itself, acts as the band’s sixth full-length. We’ll also hear selections from Chaos By Invitation, the third album from Grass Widow’s Hannah Lew as Cold Beat. Also in the mix are new singles from Woods, Juliana Hatfield and Guided By Voices, so stay alert! Preview some of the new things below…

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Jay Som

Jay Som | Photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

For our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session, we were joined in the studio by Melina Duterte, the main brain behind Jay Som. The Oakland-based artist has been making music on her own for a few years, recently releasing her full-length debut on Polyvinyl, Everybody Works. Though all the parts on the album are played by Melina herself, she tours with a full band that features Oliver Pannell on guitar, Dylan Allard on bass and Zachary Elsasser on drums. Taking a short break before a show with The Courtneys, Jay Som dropped by to showcase how the meticulous studio tracks blossom in a live setting.

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Everybody Works: Jay Som plays LIVE, new Future Islands, Diet Cig and The New Pornographers on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Jay Som | Photo by Cara Robbins, courtesy of the artist

Tonight, the Indie Rock Hit Parade comes to you packed to the ceiling with special stuff for you to enjoy. Listen at 11pm ET tonight on XPN for a full two-hour show that features, right off the bat, a brand new IRHP Live Session with Jay Som! The vehicle for California musician Melina Duterte, the full-band version of Jay Som visited our studio last Friday before their show at Boot & Saddle with The Courtneys. Hear the band play songs from their much-lauded new album, Everybody Works, in the first hour of today’s show.

Also, since this week is such a massive one for new albums, we’ll spotlight a few notable releases in the second hour of tonight’s show. Namely, we’ll dig into the much-anticipated return of Future Islands, the full-length debut from NY punk duo Diet Cig and the latest from perennial favorites The New Pornographers. Preview some of the new tracks below…

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