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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Shilpa Ray

Shilpa Ray | Photo by Eric Schuman
Shilpa Ray | Photo by Eric Schuman

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade session is with an old friend who continues to blow us away. Shilpa Ray has toured and performed with the likes of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Man Man, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Nicole Atkins, but it’s when she’s leading the pack that the claws come out. During a brief tour to test out new material, Shilpa and her band (bassist/guitarist Jon “Catfish” DeLorme, drummer Russ Lemkin and guitarist Alistair Paxton) came to our studio to commit these latest creations to tape. Continue reading →

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Meet Shilpa Ray, Sonny & The Sunsets and Jack Ladder on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Shilpa Ray | Photo by Erbu Yildiz
Shilpa Ray | Photo by Erbu Yildiz

It’s a very special Indie Rock Hit Parade that’s coming your way at 11pm tonight on WXPN! Listen for our newest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session, featuring an exclusive performance of all new songs from Shilpa Ray! The Brooklyn-based singer will preview tracks from her upcoming album in an explosive live set. We’ll also spotlight the new album from San Francisco’s Sonny & The Sunsets, and hear a few of these brand new tracks in the mix:

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Fall for Father John Misty, of Montreal & Hot Chip on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Father John Misty | Photo by Emma Elizabeth Tillman
Father John Misty | Photo by Emma Elizabeth Tillman

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is back to fill your head with love. Tune in to WXPN at 11pm tonight for, among other things, a spotlight on the acclaimed new album from Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear. We’ll also hear a few of these heart-shaped tracks in the mix:

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Feel the power of Sleater-Kinney, Operators and The Go! Team on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Sleater-Kinney | Photo by Charles Petersen
Sleater-Kinney | Photo by Charles Petersen

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is back with a vengeance tonight at 11pm on XPN. And by “with a vengeance,” I mean to say “a ton of new music that you won’t want to miss.” Tune in for a full two-hour show, starting immediately after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake! We’ll spotlight No Cities To Love, the first new album from the mighty Sleater-Kinney in a decade, plus hear a few of these fresh new tracks:

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Groove to new Belle & Sebastian, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Pond on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Belle And Sebastian | Photo by Søren Solkær
Belle & Sebastian | Photo by Søren Solkær

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight at 11pm on XPN! What should you expect to hear? Nothing but the best in new and classic indie stuff, of course! On tonight’s show, we’ll spotlight the newly released (and downright terrific) ninth album from Belle & Sebastian, Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance. We’ll also get to a these tracks, hot off the presses:

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Get weird with Panda Bear, Django Django & Viet Cong on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Panda Bear | Photo by Fernanda Pereira
Panda Bear | Photo by Fernanda Pereira

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to your personal space tonight at 11pm on XPN! It’s technically the first “regular show” of the new year, but it’s far from just a “regular show.” Tune in for a spotlight on the new solo album from Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, and hear a few of these fresh new tracks:

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Philly Boy: Listen to Jon Wurster’s Guest DJ set on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Jon Wurster as seen in Superchunk's "Crossed Wires" video
Jon Wurster as seen in Superchunk’s “Crossed Wires” video

Acting as our very first guest DJ on the Indie Rock Hit Parade, Jon Wurster brought an eclectic selection of songs to share. Each of the songs connects to a specific memory for the Superchunk/Mountain Goats drummer, many hearkening back to his days as a teenager growing up just outside Philadelphia. Wurster recalls shopping for records at the Montgomeryville Mall, befriending the Dead Milkmen and an incident while searching for the London studio where The Clash and the Sex Pistols recorded.

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Jon Wurster takes the reins on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Jon Wurster | Photo by Jason Arthurs
Jon Wurster | Photo by Jason Arthurs

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to the XPN wavelength tonight at 11pm! It’s a very special show tonight, as we welcome our very first guest DJ to the Hit Parade: Jon Wurster! You might know Jon as the drummer from Superchunk, the Mountain Goats and Bob Mould‘s band (among others). Or maybe you know him as one half of Scharpling & Wurster, the comedy duo behind The Best Show. No matter how you know him, you won’t want to miss him spinning some of his favorite songs and sharing stories about growing up just outside of Philly. Continue reading →

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Go under the covers on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Luna | Photo by Stefano Giovannini
Luna | Photo by Stefano Giovannini

This Friday night, XPN kicks off a special Under The Covers weekend, and the Indie Rock Hit Parade is getting in on the fun! Starting at 11pm, the Indie Rock Hit Parade kicks off 2015 with two hours of covers from some of our favorite indie artists. We’ll hear songs by The Kinks, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush and others covered by often unlikely groups. We’ll also spotlight a few bands fronted by Dean Wareham, who has a long history of making other people’s songs his own. Here are a few things you might hear tonight:

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