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Get hip to new sounds from tUnE-yArDs, EMA, The Afghan Whigs and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

tUnE-yArDs | Photo By Holly Andres

tUnE-yArDs | Photo By Holly Andres

Another action-packed Indie Rock Hit Parade is in your immediate future! Tune in to XPN tonight at 10pm for a full, two-hour mix of brand new tracks (and a couple of old favorites, too). We’ll spotlight the newly released sophomore album from EMA (that’s Erika M. Anderson), The Future’s Void, and meet a couple of truly outstanding up-and-comers. Here are a few songs you’ll hear in the mix tonight:

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Eternal Summers

Photo by Eric Schuman

Photo by Eric Schuman

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade session features some old friends of ours: the Roanoke band Eternal Summers! Initially forming as a duo, guitarist Nicole Yun and drummer Daniel Cundiff added bassist Jonathan Woods to the lineup a few years ago. With the added low-end came a renewed attitude and approach, heard quite powerfully on the band’s latest album, The Drop Beneath.

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Hear Eternal Summers play live, discover Cloud Nothings, tUnE-yArDs & Slasher Flicks on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Cloud Nothings | Photo by Pooneh Ghana

Cloud Nothings | Photo by Pooneh Ghana

It’s another jam-packed Indie Rock Hit Parade tonight at 10pm on XPN! Listen in for our latest IRHP Live Session, as we welcome the Virginia trio Eternal Summers to the studio! We’ll hear the band perform tracks from their newest album, The Drop Beneath! Plus, a few of these recordings will be in the mix:

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Get weird with new music from Dum Dum Girls, Liars, Cloud Nothings and more on tonight’s “Compact” Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Dum Dum Girls | Image courtesy of the artist

Dum Dum Girls | Image courtesy of the artist

Another month brings us to another Final Friday which, in turn, brings us to another one-hour ‘Compact’ edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Stay tuned after Robert Drake’s Land of the Lost for a showcase of new and exciting tracks that have been boiled down to their highest concentration of cool. Here are a few of the things you’ll hear in the mix tonight starting at 11pm:

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Meet Special Explosion, discover Future Islands, Sisyphus and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Future Islands | Photo by Timothy Saccenti

Future Islands | Photo by Timothy Saccenti

It’s another action packed Indie Rock Hit Parade tonight at 10pm on XPN! We’ve got another Studio Session to share, this time with the young Seattle quartet Special Explosion. We’ll hear a couple of songs (including one that’s super brand new) performed live in the studio! Also, we’ll dig in to the newly released album from Aimee Mann and Ted Leo‘s band The Both, plus a few of these new jams:

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Freak out to new music from Liars, Eternal Summers, Cloud Nothings and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Liars | Photo by Zen Sekizawa

Liars | Photo by Zen Sekizawa

Things will indeed get a tad aggressive on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade, but it’s all in the name of showcasing the best of what’s new in the world of independent music. Tune in to XPN tonight at 10 for another two-hour mix of fresh tracks and deep cuts. I’ll give you a sneak peek at some upcoming Indie Rock Hit Parade Studio Sessions, and we’ll even dig in to Love Letters, the newly released album from Metronomy!

Here are a few things you’ll hear in the mix tonight:

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Milagres

Photo by Eric Schuman

Photo by Eric Schuman

For this Indie Rock Hit Parade session, we welcome Milagres to the studio. The men of the Brooklyn-based band are hardly strangers; they visited us in 2011 while on tour for their last album, Glowing Mouth (on the day that a minor earthquake shook Philadelphia). Since then, Milagres’ lineup has undergone a few changes, resulting in the leaner sound on their new album, Violent Light (Kill Rock Stars). Still at the helm is singer/guitarist Kyle Wilson and bassist/producer Fraser McCulloch, who have crafted another set of tunes that fall squarely in the middle of Milagres’ preferred crossroads: lush and menacing. Longtime keyboardist Chris Brazee and newly indoctrinated drummer Paul Payabyab round out the quartet.

Those who recall the transition from Milagres’ independently released debut, Seven Summits, and Glowing Mouth might still find the band’s latest leap rather breathtaking. Even the pensive and introspective moments on Violent Light are underscored with a muscular bombast. For evidence, check out the stunning performance of “Terrifying Sea.” Milagres are also rocking much harder than ever before. Anchored by a bouncy synth line, “Jeweled Cave” gives way to one of Wilson’s most dynamic vocal turns. And it’s a wonder that Payabyab doesn’t go through drum kits like chewing gum, given how hard he hits on Violent Light‘s lead single, “The Letterbomb.”

Download the complete Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session with Milagres below!