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Dance ‘Apocalipstick’: New Cherry Glazerr, Foxygen and Dirty Projectors on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Cherry Glazerr | Photo by Felisha Tolentino, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is coming for YOU tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! Listen for a floor-to-ceiling spread of brand new tracks on tonight’s two-hour show. In the mix are new releases from Spoon, Dirty Projectors, Diet Cig and more, plus a DOUBLE ALBUM SPOTLIGHT on two new records that just came out today. We’ll hear from the explosive California trio Cherry Glazerr, and we’ll dig in to the string-swept new album from Foxygen. Check out a few of the new things below, won’t you?

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On Hold: The xx, Slowdive and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

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The xx | Photo by Laura Coulson

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is back in your face tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! Be sure to listen after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese for a full two-hour show that’s buckling under the weight of so many new songs. We’ll hear from newcomer groups like Cherry Glazerr, The Proper Ornaments and Landlady, along with new releases from established favorites like The Feelies, Slowdive and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Plus the IRHP Album Spotlight is back for another round in the midnight hour, where we’ll hear a few selections from The xx‘s newly released I See You.

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New year, new Jens Lekman, Allison Crutchfield & Creepoid on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Jens Lekman | Photo by Ellika Henrikson, courtesy of the artist

Time to ring in a new year of adventure on the Indie Rock Hit Parade, tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Listen after the January edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P for a full two-hour show that’ll give you many reasons to start breathing heavily when you think about the music that’ll be out this year. New stuff in the mix tonight from Swedish swooner Jens Lekman, Philly drone-punks Creepoid, glam-pop young guns The Lemon Twigs and much more! Check out a few of the new tracks below…

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Modern Act: Cloud Nothings LIVE, holiday tunes from Sad13 & Natalie Prass on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Cloud Nothings | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN
Cloud Nothings | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

I could not be happier to tell you this: the Indie Rock Hit Parade is BAAAAACK!! After the #XPNAtoZ wrapped up last week, we’ve been itching to get back to our Friday night spot on WXPN with you. Tonight’s show is so wonderful, it even begins at a special time: Tune in at 10pm ET for a full two-hour IRHP that will light the way to the start of The Night Before with Robert Drake at midnight!

We’ll premiere our IRHP Live Session with Cloud Nothings (which you can check out HERE) and listen to new holiday tunes from Sad13, Deep Cuts and Natalie Prass to get you in the seasonal mood…

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Cloud Nothings | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is with Cleveland guitar-busters Cloud Nothings! Formed in 2009 as the bedroom-based solo project of guitarist Dylan Baldi, Cloud Nothings quickly evolved into a noise/punk/pop hybrid as its ranks grew to include permanent band members. Now featuring drummer Jayson Gerycz, bassist TJ Duke, and guitarist Chris Brown, Cloud Nothings are preparing to release their fourth full-length, Life Without Sound, in January 2017. While on a short warm-up tour in the late fall, Cloud Nothings came to our studios to record live takes of a few new tracks.

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Oranges and Bananas: New Ty Segall, King Gizzard, Angel Olsen & Thee Oh Sees on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Ty Segall | Photo by Denee Petracek, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to your personal space at 11pm ET tonight on 88.5 XPN. On tonight’s show, a smattering of brand new tracks, many of which from albums that’ll be out in the early weeks of 2017. Notably in the mix tonight are new selections from some very prolific psych-garage rockers, like SF mainstay Ty Segall, Aussie outsiders King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (who’ll be releasing an obscene FIVE albums in the new year) and Thee Oh Sees, who just put out their third release of 2016. Also in the mix are favorites from St. Vincent, Honus Honus and Big Thief! Check out a few of those below…

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Diarrhea Planet

Diarrhea Planet | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Diarrhea Planet | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Joining us in the studio for our newest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is a hard-rocking, hard-partying six-piece from Nashville. Diarrhea Planet formed in 2009 and released their third full-length album, Turn To Gold, earlier this year on the Infinity Cat label. Outside of their, ahem, attention-grabbing name, DP’s most prominent feature is the stacked lineup of no less than four lead guitarists. Jordan Smith, Brent Toler and Emmett Miller (who also share songwriting and lead vocal duties) are joined by fourth axeman Evan Bird as well as the locked-in rhythm section of bassist Mike Boyle and drummer Ian “Tuff Gus” Bush. The result is a little bit like watching your best friends try to keep pace with one another as they pile on riffs and licks with increasing dexterity.

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Hard Style: Diarrhea Planet LIVE plus The Radio Dept. and Flasher on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Angelina Castillo, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight with a rip-roaring two hour edition at 11pm ET on WXPN! Stick around after the November edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P for a brand new show, featuring a hot new IRHP Live Session. The Nashville-based guitar army known as Diarrhea Planet joins us in the studio to unleash live versions of songs from their new album, Turn To Gold. If you like multiple lead guitar lines and grin-inducing melodies, you won’t want to miss it! Also in the mix is a spotlight on Running Out Of Love, the long-awaited new album from Swedish electro-shoegazers The Radio Dept.! Following a short hiatus (and the release of an essential singles comp), The Radio Dept. have returned with a politically charged new record that we’ll dig into tonight. Be on the lookout for new tracks from DC punks Flasher, veteran rock n’ souler Mark “BBQ” Sultan and glittery pop crew Roses, too!

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Experience the thrills and chills of the XPN Halloween Spooktacular tonight!

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For the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of digging into my personal music crypt and unearthing some of my favorite Halloween tunes just for you! Tonight at 8pm, I’ll return for the 2016 XPN Halloween Spooktacular! Listen for some rare and retro tracks from the days when releasing a Halloween-themed novelty song was a rite of passage, as well as a few brand new songs that keep the spirit of the season undead and well. And yeah, there will be a healthy amount of puns throughout the night. That’s just tradition. Preview some spooky stuff below, if you dare:

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