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Now Hear This: New songs from The Internet, Dirty Projectors, Bodega, Daniel Bachman, Bad Bad Hats, Steve Hauschildt and more

Shy Boys | photo via shyboys.bandcamp.com

Every month, noted song expert K. Ross Hoffman presents Now Hear This, a sampling of fresh specimens for your consideration.

We are officially in the dull. drums. of the dog. days. of the slow end of summer. Musically speaking. Not that there’s nothing going on, of course. I mean, this month alone I have already seen fantastic shows by several of my longtime favorites – a triumphant return to Johnny Brenda’s from the perennially entertaining Jeffrey Lewis, and a basement show by the great guitarist Glenn Jones – both of them previewing material from super-promising new albums still forthcoming (later this month in Jones’ case; no official word yet from Lewis.) And yeah oh yeah, I got to see Radiohead for the first time in way too long and fall completely and utterly back in love with them, which seems like it was more or less the consensus regarding their just-wrapped US tour. That said, the column below, as it turned out, only manages to highlight a couple of shows this fall. (Several of these artists, I’m sorry to report, already played Philly in the last month or two, well before their respective album releases – some of them in opening slots, which gives me hope that they might return to headline before too long.)

The upside of a month with a relatively slow release schedule (at least for big-name new releases) is that it inspires me to dig a little further than I might otherwise. Because, let’s face it, we live in an age when it’s all but impossible to get away from worthwhile if not downright vital new music on a virtually weekly basis. Or anyway, it feels that way if you spend an ungodly percentage of your waking hours (and plenty of the ones you should be sleeping too) poking around on the internet as if furiously trying to prevent it from passing you by. (My lord, when will it stop?) Anyhow…here are some knockouts, knick-knacks and novelties from the last month or so. Enjoy, and I’ll See You In September! Continue reading →

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Now Hear This: New songs by Thundercat, Alex Lahey, Justin Carter, Dirty Projectors, Spoon and more

Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist
Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist

Every month, noted song expert K. Ross Hoffman presents Now Hear This, a sampling of fresh specimens for your consideration.

Mmmm…You can just feel it in the air, wafting in on the alt-Spring breeze and/or bluster: South by Southwest season is upon us.  Like a gulf coast hurricane spinning off a series of storm fronts, the mid-March musical mega-marathon stirs up tour schedules all across the country ‘round about now (and again toward the end of the month) as countless up-and-comers begin plotting their way down to Texas and/or their triumphant return therefrom.  Early Spring is a time for new life and, especially, new music: bigger, better-established artists tend to take a backseat at SXSW (and to some extent, perhaps accordingly, in March release schedules), although there are always a couple notable exceptions, including, this time around, Austin’s favorite indie-rocking sons… Continue reading →

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Dirty Projectors’ self-titled is the latest in a long line of reinvention

Dirty Projectors | via the artist's Facebook page
Dirty Projectors | via the artist’s Facebook page

When Dirty Projectors returned with “Keep Your Name” five months ago, the song was met with some confusion. Its video featured a healthy dose of David Longstreth brooding for the camera, but the rest of the band was nowhere to be found. Some began to wonder if the project had retreated to its more solo-centric roots, and soon after its release, a screenshot of some liner notes confirmed that suspicion. Hell, the first thing you hear is wedding bells and the line “I don’t know why you abandoned me.” It was clear we were in for an entirely different beast this time around, but for longtime fans, a complete rehaul of the band’s sound and ethos comes with the territory. Continue reading →

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Dance ‘Apocalipstick’: New Cherry Glazerr, Foxygen and Dirty Projectors on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Cherry Glazerr | Photo by Felisha Tolentino, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is coming for YOU tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! Listen for a floor-to-ceiling spread of brand new tracks on tonight’s two-hour show. In the mix are new releases from Spoon, Dirty Projectors, Diet Cig and more, plus a DOUBLE ALBUM SPOTLIGHT on two new records that just came out today. We’ll hear from the explosive California trio Cherry Glazerr, and we’ll dig in to the string-swept new album from Foxygen. Check out a few of the new things below, won’t you?

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Dirty Projectors double down on heartbreak with “Little Bubble”

Dirty Projectors | still from video
Dirty Projectors | still from video

I’m not a praying man by any stretch of the imagination, but tonight, after I’ve brushed my teeth and my mom tucks me into bed, I’m going to say one for Dave Longstreth. A few months ago, Dirty Projectors broke its radio silence with “Keep Your Name,” a glitchy, gloomy ballad that saw Longstreth exploring themes of loss and isolation. Now, we have “Little Bubble,” a song that makes up for its lack of a rap verse by doubling down on heartbreak. The track premiered today with a hauntingly beautiful new video, which you can stream below. Continue reading →

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Feel the heat of new Dirty Projectors, Sneaks and Suburban Living on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors in the "Keep Your Name" video
Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors in the “Keep Your Name” video

Once again we arrive at the end of another barn-burner of a week. That means it’s time for the Indie Rock Hit Parade to invade your personal space at 11pm ET on WXPN. Listen for a full two-hour show (shortly after the October edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P) for a smattering of new tracks from all over the place. We’ll get to the long-awaited return of experimental pop twisters Dirty Projectors, and speculate as to what their new record will sound like. Also in the mix is a new jam from Philly based sheen-rockers Suburban Living (their new album just came out today), and a few tracks that recently got video clip accompaniment. Preview those (and more) below:

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Dirty Projectors keep teasing new songs on Twitter, but does that mean a new record is coming?

 

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If you are into Experimental Pop/Rock than chances are, you are familiar with the six-piece band, Dirty Projectors. The group hasn’t released an album since 2012’s  Swing Lo Magellan, but still garners well over 200,000 monthly Spotify listeners. One can only assume that many of these listeners would be ecstatic for a new release. Continue reading →