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Death Song: The Black Angels LIVE, new Girlpool, Big Thief and LCD Soundsystem on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

The Black Angels | Photo by Alexandra Valenti, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight with what is by far our spoooookiest live session yet! Listen starting at 11pm ET on WXPN (that’s right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese, you know) for a full two-hour show that’ll feature an in-studio performance from Austin psychedelic masters The Black Angels. The group just released a new album, Death Song, and stopped by to play some of the new tracks in a special, semi-acoustic set. It’s a session that’s not to be missed! Also be on the lookout for a spotlight on Powerplant, the second album from the (former) Philly (former) duo Girlpool. And we’ll do a little survey of bands who’ll be coming through town between now and our next show. You’ll just have to listen to hear those! Or you could preview some of them below…

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New Music Show Preview w/ Feist, Big Thief and more!

Big Thief | Photo: Shervin Lainez
Big Thief | Photo by Shervin Lainez

Monday nights mean new music discovery on WXPN.  Starting at 8pm, we’ll hear two full hours of brand new tunes.  In the mix, we play a garage rock gem from the band Black Lips.  As a precursor to our Free at Noon concert, we’ll play music from our guest Sweet Spirit.  Plus, two songwriters that are always reliable and engaging, both Ron Sexsmith and Jeb Loy Nichols share new music.  We’ve hear all of those folks tonight, plus a few more …

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Big Thief announce new record Capacity with new snow-capped video for “Mythological Beauty”

Big Thief | Photo: Shervin Lainez
Big Thief | Photo by Shervin Lainez

Brooklyn’s Big Thief announced their highly anticipated follow-up to 2016’s Masterpiece. Titled Capacity, the record comes out on June 9th through Saddle Creek. The indie rock four-piece revealed their plans with a new music video for the record’s hushed first single “Mythological Beauty.” It follows singer/guitarist Adrianne Lenker’s The Revenent-like adventures through a snow-glossed woods, sheltering and attempting to save a blanket-draped man (guitarist Buck Meek) before a mysterious woman (played by Lenker’s mother) offers some help.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Saba at The Trocadero, Big Thief at Johnny Brenda’s, Ladybird at Ortlieb’s and more

Saba | via sabapivot.com
Saba | via sabapivot.com

The Trocadero plays host to a loaded concert headlined by Chicago’s Saba. His big production rap nips at the heels of Chance the Rapper, relying on some classic flow to send his way into the musical wheelhouse of every hip-hop fanatic, and his Bucket List Project was one of last year’s highlights. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on our XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch Sharon Van Etten join Big Thief onstage at Bowery Ballroom

Sharon Van Etten and Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief | photo by @joe_saturday via Brooklyn Vegan

Think of it as an old favorite teaming up with a new favorite. On Saturday night, Brooklyn breakouts Big Thief headlined The Bowery Ballroom in New York City in support of their killer 2016 record Masterpiece, and they were joined onstage by the wonderful Sharon Van Etten — who has taken a bit of a detour from her music career to act in the new Netflix series The OA, stunt double and all. Continue reading →

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The Key Presents: Big Thief

 

Big Thief | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Big Thief | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

It’s been quite the year for Big Thief. Between getting picked up by Saddle Creek in Feburary, putting out the stunning debut LP Masterpiece in May, and filling the rest of the year with tour dates both headlining and alongside folks such as M. Ward and Frankie Cosmos, they’ve been quite busy. The Brookyln-based band has also racked up accolades in everywhere from Pitchfork to NPR Music. (They’ll even appear on World Cafe next week.)

And with good reason. With sensible, classic Western-Americana-influenced songwriting, the band rips ballads while also making a hard left each time you think they’re about to play right into a classic alt-country troupe. Sitting on the southern borderline of “indie,” Big Thief avoids falling into those all-too-familiar patterns, as well. Adrianne Lenker’s fragile, yet tempered songwriting carries the band down a winding road, that allows her to exert great strength both in quietus and with actual sonic force. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Strand of Oaks at Parliament Summer Arts Market, Garbage at The Fillmore, Big Thief at Boot and Saddle

Strand of Oaks
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Local rockers Strand of Oaks are taking part in an awesome FREE concert this afternoon in York, Pa., orchestrated by the Summer Art Market in York. The show will also feature New York’s Quilt, the psychedelic Boogarins and Big Thief on the York College Stage at Royal Square District. More info on this first-year event can be found right here; watch a video for Strand of Oaks’ “Same Emotions” below. Continue reading →

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Creativity captured: Watch Big Thief’s Shaking Through recording session music video

Big Thief | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Big Thief | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

Last week, we had the treat of being a fly on the wall during New York indie band Big Thief and producer Luke Temple’s recording session with Weathervane Music, thanks to the music documentary series Shaking Through. The in-depth, behind-the-scenes look into the creation of the song “Mother” was captivating for any music lover — watching how ideas take shape and what goes into the production of each song adds a personal touch when listening to the final product. Continue reading →

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Watch Big Thief toil though the recording process of “Mother” on Shaking Through

Big Thief in Miner Street Studio | photo via Weathervane Music

Brian McTear has overseen over 50 episodes of Shaking Through, the music production documentary series produced by his non-profit, Weathervane Music. But until the latest edition featuring New York quartet Big Thief and guest producer Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic, McTear and his crew had never been so nervous.

That’s because Temple and Big Thief decided to go into the one-day recording project, which worked on the band’s song “Mother,” with basically no preparation or premeditation. Temple returned from Europe the day before the session, and had never even heard the song until he joined Big Thief at Miner Street Recordings here in Philly. So naturally the first step was to expose Temple to the song he’d be producing that day. Continue reading →