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It will be a year this June since Philly’s Strand Of Oaks released HEAL, his acclaimed and celebrated album of rock and roll redemption. The album lifted the band to their most far-reaching, and well-deserved success to date. From the first song to the last, including stand out tracks like “Goshen ’97,” “Shut In,” and “JM,” Showalter wrote a powerful and introspective rock record. Continue reading →
The Very Best are Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and Swedish DJ/producer Johan Hugo. Blending dance, house music and hip-hop, with Afro-pop musical influences, the group debuted in 2009 with Warm Heart of Africa. featuring guest appearances from M.I.A. and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig. Continue reading →
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead. Few bands in rock’s great history have had the unparalleled impact and influence on pop culture as the Dead have. WXPN is celebrating the music of the band, solo, and Dead related musical projects with a 24 hour tribute to their music starting this Friday, April 17th at 6 a.m. Continue reading →
If you’re looking for action, look no further than tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN. Starting at 11pm, it’s a non-stop, two-hour showcase of some seriously great new releases (with a couple of old favorites thrown in for good measure). The centerpiece of tonight’s show is our Weekly Album Spotlight, where we’ll be hearing a few tracks from Beat The Champ, the new release from The Mountain Goats. Sure, this is their 15th full-length, but John Darnielle and company have become reinvigorated over the past few years, amping up production value and honing the wry and personal lyrics that have become the band’s trademark. Even if you’re not a fan of professional wrestling, you won’t be able to resist the self-examination and reflection (and hooks) to be found on Beat The Champ. Aside from that, we’ve got a stacked lineup of new tunes to get to, including a few of these.