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Run To Your Bedroom: Carol Cleveland Sings LIVE, new Jens Lekman, Vagabon & Xiu Xiu on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Carol Cleveland Sings | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns with an all-new show tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! Listen for a number of things that will fill your Friday night with whimsy, including a brand new live studio session with Carol Cleveland Sings! The group, featuring Thomas Hughes of The Spinto Band/The Music tapes and singer-songwriter Gretchen Lohse, are pros when it comes to making ear-catching pop as well as constructing mesmerizing video collages. We’ll hear CCS perform songs from their 2016 debut, Effervescent Lure, live in the studio! Also in the mix tonight, new tracks from Europop lifer Jens Lekman, lyrical spellbinder Vagabon and the always adventurous Xiu Xiu. Check out a few of those selections below…

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Wilco share lineup for next installment of their Solid Sound Festival, featuring Kurt Vile and more…

Wilco | photo by Austin Nelson | courtesy of the artist
Wilco | photo by Austin Nelson | courtesy of the artist

This June, Wilco’s Solid Sound Music & Arts Festival will return to Massachussets’ Museum of Contemporary Art, and now, the full lineup of bands has been announced.

Those who purchase three day passes can expect performances from Kurt Vile & The Violators, the legendary Television, Big Thief, and more.  Along with appearances by Wilco themselves and their various side projects, attendees can once again expect a comedy stage hosted by multi-disciplinary humorist John Hodgman. Find the full lineup, tickets, and more information here. Continue reading →

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Stop what you’re doing and listen to Ryan Adams’ new album Prisoner via NPR Music

Ryan Adams | photo by Rachael Wright | via NPR Music

Said it before, I’ll say it again — it’s unbelievable how Ryan Adams is able to roll out such consistently great music at such a restless pace.

The singer-songwriter rock-and-roller’s sixteenth studio album Prisoner comes out this Friday, and listening to it today via NPR Music’s First Listen premiere, it almost plays like a greatest hits collection. Which is to say: every song is a jam of some sort. There’s Adams the quiet, contemplative folksinger (“To Be Without You”) and the pensive slow-burn rocker (“We Disappear”). Some moments classically draw from his admitted Paul Westerberg fixation and admiration (“Doomsday”) while others leer in jagged and unexpected directions (the heavy stutter of “Do You Still Love Me?”) showing that Adams is unafraid to challenge his listeners after two-plus decades at work. Continue reading →

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New Music Show Preview w/ The Black Angels, Rodney Crowell & more!

XPN’s New Music Show airs every Monday night at 8pm. 

We’ve been in fundraising mode here at WXPN but tonight we’ll take a break from the pledge phones and focus entirely on new music.  A big thank you to all our members who support what we do and thanks (in advance) for hanging out tonight.  With new albums from Ryan Adams and Old 97’s on the way, we’ll make it a point showcase both of those artists.  Longtime favorites Wesley Stace and Jeb Loy Nichols have new tunes for us to check out, and we will.  Plus, in advance of tonight’s show, here are a few highlights you can listen to now …    Continue reading →

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Jesus and Mary Chain are “Always Sad” on new Damage and Joy single

The Jesus And Mary Chain | Photo by Steve Gullick | courtesy of the artist

This March 24th, UK noise rockers The Jesus and Mary Chain will return with Damage and Joy, their first album in almost two decades. Late last year, they teased the release with first single “Amputation”, and now we’re getting the album’s second offering. Stream “Always Sad” below. Continue reading →