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Strand of Oaks featured on the latest episode of WHYY’s On Tour

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

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 →

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The Very Best offer a free download of Kygo’s Ultra Music Festival anthem

The Very Best | Photo by Johan Hugo
The Very Best | Photo by Johan Hugo

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 →

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Take a nice big bite: The Mountain Goats, Hop Along & Young Guv on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

The Mountain Goats | Photo by Lissa Gottwals
The Mountain Goats | Photo by Lissa Gottwals

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.

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