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My Boo Boo: New Toro y Moi, Broken Social Scene & Beach House on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Toro Y Moi | Photo by Andrew Paynter, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to (relative) normalcy tonight at 11pm on XPN. Shortly after the July edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P, listen for a full two-hour show that, let’s face it, will be anything but normal. We’ve got a few new releases to spotlight, namely Broken Social Scene‘s rousing Hug of Thunder, the return of Chaz B. as Toro y Moi on Boo Boo, and Beach House‘s career-spanning set of B-Sides and Rarities. Also in the mix, new singles from Ted Leo, Widowspeak, Frankie Rose, L.A. Witch and more! Preview some of the new tracks below…

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bul Bey at Johnny Brenda’s, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard at Underground Arts, Beach House at Chameleon Club, and more

The Bul Bey performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
The Bul Bey performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philly rapper The Bul Bey headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Since the release of 2015’s Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies, The Bul Bey has been active in the scene and has been steadily been releasing videos of songs off the album. Be sure to catch his charismatic and lively set along with Gabriel Wolf and DJ Sylo. Get more info on the 21+ show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the video for The Bul Bey’s song, “Welcome to My Campaign,” below. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Beach House’s spring tour brings it to Wilmington and Lancaster

Beach House | photo by Shawn Brackbill | via subpop.com

Baltimore dream pop duo Beach House just announced a short run of spring tour dates that brings it in the periphery of Philadelphia, though not in the city proper. They’ll be at World Cafe Live at the Queen on Wednesday, March 29th and at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster on Thursday, March 30th. Tickets for both shows go on sale this Friday, February 3rd at 10 a.m., and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Night School: Neon Indian, Beach House and (most of) The Walkmen on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Neon Indian | Photo by Ben Rayner
Neon Indian | Photo by Ben Rayner

You know what time of the week it is, so I’ll cut right to the chase. Tune in at 11pm ET for an all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Tonight we’ll spotlight VEGA INTL. Night School, the groovy new album from Alan Palomo aka Neon Indian. Plus we’ll hear a song from Beach House‘s new album, Thank Your Lucky Stars, their second LP of 2015. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for these tracks in the mix as well:

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Dream Lovers: Beach House, Deerhunter and Hussalonia on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Beach House | Photo by Shawn Brackbill
Beach House | Photo by Shawn Brackbill

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade boasts a number of very special features, so be sure to catch the whole show starting at 11pm on XPN. On our Weekly Album Spotlight, we’ll hear a few tracks from the new album by the venerable Baltimore duo Beach House, Depression Cherry. Elsewhere, we’ll preview next week’s live studio session with the mysterious New York “pop cult,” Hussalonia. All that plus a few of these new tracks in the mix (I promise):

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Dreams come true: New Beach House, Ought & Ducktails on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Beach House Photo by Jason Nocito
Beach House | Photo by Jason Nocito

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is ready to make your Friday night a little night-ier, with a full two hour show starting right after the premiere of What’s The Frequency? Tune in at 11pm to hear a whole lot of brand new stuff, including new singles from Baltimore’s Beach House, Montreal’s Ought and Jersey’s Ducktails. You can preview those ones below, sure, but the absolute best way to enjoy these songs (and more) is to listen live. After all, we’re only in it for the segues, right?

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Terrible Friends’ knack for storytelling shines on their new Beach House EP

Photo via twitter.com/terriblefriendz
Photo via twitter.com/terriblefriendz

New Jersey indie rockers Terrible Friends have a knack for musical storytelling, and you can hear it on their new EP Beach House. The four-song collection shows off the group’s versatility, from the title track, which kicks off the album strongly with snippy snares and a bass groove, to “Miss Montana”, an upbeat anthem with soaring guitars and an oh-so-catchy melody. Continue reading →

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My Morning Download: “Real Love” by Beach House (from a limited time only collection of World Cafe downloads)

Photo by Liz Flyntz
Photo by Liz Flyntz
The final free World Cafe downlpad that is being offered this month (until Midnight tonight) is a Cafe performance of “Real Love” by Beach House.” You can listen to the Baltimore duo’s appearance on the show with David Dye here.

This month World Cafe is offering free downloads of performances from bands including Calexico, Lord Huron, the Afghan Whigs, Alt-J, John Fullbright, Freelance Whales, Stars, Nick Waterhouse, Allen Stone, The Kopecky Family Band, Sea Wolf, Trey Anastasio, Minus The Bear, Father John Misty, and others. Download the entire collection, while they last until Midnight tonight, here.