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Stay up late with the Indie Rock Hit Parade at its new time!

Stars | Photo by Shervin Lainez, Courtesy of ATO Records
Stars | Photo by Shervin Lainez, Courtesy of ATO Records

The Indie Rock Hit Parade has always been proud to be a nighttime show on XPN, but do we dare go even LATER? Join host Eric Schuman (that’s me) each and every Friday night for a full two-hour show, now and forevermore at the new time of 11pm! This week, starting at 11pm, we’ll conclude our survey of the best indie releases of 2014. Also on this week’s show, starting at 11pm, we’ll have an all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session with the multimedia supergroup TEEN MEN (featuring members of The Spinto Band & Strand Of Oaks)! Don’t miss these tracks and more on the Indie Rock Hit Parade, tonight at 11pm:

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Download “Witches of Ulster” by Marco Benevento

Marco Benevento | via facebook.com/marco.benevento
Marco Benevento | via facebook.com/marco.benevento
Some of you might remember seeing / hearing the jazzy Benevento / Russo Duo when they opened for My Morning Jacket at an XPN-broadcasted concert in December of 2006. As a solo artist in his own right, Marco Benevento’s sound is very eclectic; he covered MMJ and The Knife on his 2009 solo album Me Not Me, and his more recent psychedelic / synthesizer-oriented material was described by Entertainment Weekly as “somewhere in between Dan Deacon and Animal Collective.” Continue reading →

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Download “Work It Out” by Arkansas indie rockers Knox Hamilton

Knox Hamilton | Photo credit: Matt Rozzell
Knox Hamilton | Photo credit: Matt Rozzell

Knox Hamilton are an indie rock group hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas that includes brothers Boots (lead singer) and Cobo (drums) Copeland, keyboardist Brad Pierce and bassist Drew Buffington. The love of song – melodies and hamronies – came to the Copeland brothers as young kids raised in their father’s church. Moving beyond the church songs to the likes of Beatles, Hall & Oates, and Phil Collins, the Copeland brothers continued to work on their songwriting craft and self-released an independent EP last year, The Great Hall. They are currently working on their debut album set for release in early 2015. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “I Was Born In An Ashram” by Peter Matthew Bauer

Peter Matthew Bauer | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Peter Matthew Bauer | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Peter Matthew Bauer, a former member of the The Walkmen, released his excellent solo album this year, Liberation! After spending 14 years playing bass and keyboards with The Walkmen, he began playing guitar, singing and writing the songs that led to his debut. Continue reading →

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Download a live World Cafe performance by Sylvan Esso of “Play It Right”

Sylvan Esso | Photo by Brittany Salerno
Sylvan Esso | Photo by Brittany Salerno

Durham, North Carolina electronic pop duo Sylvan Esso put out one of our favorite records of the year. Their self-titled debut, released in May, is a textured, lively electronic pop outing that, like tUnE-yArDs, is catchy and poppy, but with innovative arrangements and an eclectic sensibility that fuses bits of dance music, hip-hop and jazz. Singer Amelia Meath (of Mountain Man) and producer Nick Sanborn (of Megafaun) recently appeared on World Cafe (listen here) with an interview and live session recorded at the duo’s Free at Noon concert (listen here). Below, download their World Cafe performance of “Play It Right.” Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: BADBADNOTGOOD remix Future Islands’ “Seasons (Waiting On You)”

BADBADNOTGOOD | Photo by Connor Olthuis
The Toronto jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD have a history of creating some incredible remixes, typically in the world of hip-hop, remixing Black Milk’s “Now Or Never,” Ghostface Killah and Danny Brown’s “Six Degrees,” and Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s “Shame.” Recently they took to re-imagining one of 2014′s best songs, “Seasons (Waiting on You)” by Future Islands. Continue reading →

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Hear the Best (and nothing but the best) of the Indie Rock Hit Parade tonight!

Future Islands | Photo by Timothy Saccenti
Future Islands | Photo by Timothy Saccenti

As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to make your picks of the best music of the year! Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade features two full hours of the best of what 2014 had to offer. Starting at 10pm, we’ll hear tracks from some of our favorite newcomers as well as grand returns from old friends. And don’t forget to vote for your own Top 10 Songs of 2014 in the XPN Year In Review!

Here are a few things you’ll hear tonight:
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Download a live World Cafe performance of “War Paint” by Ex Hex

Ex Hex | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Ex Hex | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Ex Hex are indie rocker singer, songwriter, and guitarist Mary Timony (Helium, Wild Flag) drummer Laura Harris, and bassist Betsy Wright. They recently released their debut full length, Rips – on Merge Records. It’s a album that lives up to its name, and rips through 35 minutes of punk rock inspired jams. The band were recently on World Cafe with host David Dye. Continue reading →

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