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The Indie Rock Hit Parade is back tonight at 10pm on XPN! Don’t miss tonight’s show, especially if you’re a fan of rocking lo-fi psychedelic electronic hardcore jams. We’ll be spotlighting …And Star Power, the massive new double album from Foxygen, plus these fresh releases:
Philly’s Riva Ridge has written one of “those” songs. “Slide,” the debut single from Mel Riva. It’s the kind of song that instantly grabs you and has a hard time leaving. With twinkling reverbed guitars, soft fluffy synths, and a subtle, yet powerful hook, “Slide,” is a sweet slice of soulful, ambient dream pop. Continue reading →
Roadkill Ghost Choir hail from Central Florida. The band is fronted by singer and main songwriter Andrew Shepard, and they recently released, In Tongues, their debut full length album. The band released a very impressive debut EP in 2012, Quiet Light, that had a rootsy foundation, more than a handful of rocking moments, and well crafted songs. Continue reading →
Courtney Barnett sometimes gets saddled with the “slacker” tag—she’s got this shaggy hair and these boxy tees, and these slow, shuffling bass lines that amble lazily across your eardrums, like maybe they had two beers and it’s a Saturday. Really though, she’s anything but—the Aussie crooner founded her own record label, Milk Records, while in her early 20’s; now, barely into her mid-20s, she’s emerged as somewhat of a workaholic, playing no less than 64 shows since I saw her last February, in addition to working on a new record.
“I don’t reckon you would know anything about me if I wasn’t moderately hard-working,” she once quipped.
Hard work probably got Courtney there a little sooner. But it’s her songwriting—and quirky, relatable lyrics—that did most of the heavy lifting. Continue reading →
WXPN listeners got their first taste of the British trio Bear’s Den this past summer at the XPoNential Music Festival. Poignant, sentimental, and emotionally intense, the acoustic trio gave a heartfelt and poised performance. The trio, featuring Andrew Davie, Kev Jones & Joey Haynes play stunning, banjo infused acoustic music, feathered with beautiful, warm, ambience. Continue reading →
The baritone is often treated as the red-headed stepchild of the saxophone family. It’s often viewed as a bulky, unwieldy instrument, good only for anchoring the sax section in a big band where its honking bleats can be kept under control. A few great bari players have emerged over the course of the history of jazz, but even the best known – Gerry Mulligan, Pepper Adams, Cecil Payne, Hamiet Bluiett – have failed to approach the iconic status of their smaller horn counterparts like Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Continue reading →