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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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Listen to Feist’s new track “Century” featuring Jarvis Cocker of Pulp

Feist | via facebook.com/feist

Feist releases her new record Pleasure on April 28th through Interscope, and to hold us over until the end of the month, she just released “Centuries” featuring Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker.

The clap-heavy single exemplifies Feist’s commanding voice at the front of driven, pop-centered instrumentation. It’s a powerful trip-out, and Cocker’s ASMR-like delivery only adds to that feel, exemplifying Feist’s instantly recognizable sound. Continue reading →

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Bunker Funk: New Perfume Genius, Feist, Black Lips on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Perfume Genius | Photo by Inez & Vinoodh, courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is nothing short of the real deal. Listen on XPN at 11pm ET (right after a special week-early edition of Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour show that is stacked top-to-bottom with brand new releases just for you. We’ll hear new singles from evocative pop master Perfume Genius, Atlanta party punks The Black Lips and the always luminous Feist. Don’t miss those plus a few other special IRHP news updates and surprises!

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Feist returns with her hotly-anticipated fifth LP, Pleasure

Feist | via facebook.com/feist

Acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter Feist will release her first album in six years this spring. Pleasure is out on April 28th via Universal Records, and was produced by Feist, Mocky and Renaud Latang.

According to Brooklyn Vegan, the 11-song album is “an exploration into emotional limits,” touching on “loneliness, private ritual, secrets, shame, mounting pressures, disconnect, tenderness, rejection, care and the lack thereof.”

There’s no new music to listen to from the record just yet, but you can check out the tracklist below, along with Feist’s 2017 tour dates. Continue reading →

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Non-COMM Recap: Feisty funtimes with Kopecky Family Band (photos, audio, setlist)

Kopecky
Photo by Joe Del Tufo | JoeDelTufo.com

High-energy Nashville outfit Kopecky Family Band showed just a little bit of the arty, celebratory vibe they’ll bring to this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival when they played Non-COMM on Saturday. The feisty and fun troupe reissued their LP Kids Raising Kids last Tuesday on ATO Records; check out their setlist below and listen to the performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →

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Surgeon get feisty on “Watching You” (playing Kung Fu Necktie on 1/22)

Local metal stalwarts Surgeon leaked a track from their upcoming Chemical Reign LP on Bandcamp this week.  We got a sneak preview of the new song “Watching You” back in September of 2011 when the Germantown-bred four-piece stopped by for a Key Studio Session, and one thing is for sure – this band rocks just as hard live as they do on tape.  Take a listen to the shred-packed new tune below and check out Surgeon at Kung Fu Necktie on January 22nd.  Tickets and information can be found here.

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Tonight: XPN Welcomes Feist at Academy Of Music, The Spinto Band residency at Kung Fu Necktie

True powerhouse vocalists don’t have to strain much to differentiate themselves. Indie-folk singer and songwriter Leslie Feist—who is known for her laid back, graceful and sometimes jazzy folk tunes—has built a successful musical career around her easily distinguishable set of pipes. The video for her smash-single “1,2,3,4,” which was featured in a 2007 iPod commercial, demonstrates the simplicity with which Feist conducts her livelihood—it is nothing but one single, continuous shot of modest choreography performed by dancers in solid-colored costumes, yet the exposure pushed Time magazine to rate the song No. 2 among “The 10 Best Songs of 2007.” Feist performs with Timber Timbre at 8 p.m. at Academy of Music; tickets to the all-ages show are $27.50-$47.50. —Lisa Henderson

WXPN Welcomes The Spinto Band‘s May residency at Kung Fu Necktie every Tuesday in May starting tonight. A week ago, The Spinto Band released their new album, Shy Pursuit; tonight, they kick off their month-long residency celebration with Purples and Alec Ounsworth. Other openers include Nightlands and Via Audio on Tuesday, May 15th; The Extraordinaires and Heyward Howkins on Tuesday, May 22nd; and Cheers Elephant and Langor on May 28th. Go here for tickets and more information about the shows. The Spinto Band have compiled a free sampler of the bands playing the Kung Fu Necktie shows that you can download here. The band recently stopped by the XPN studios to record a Key Studio Session. You can download a sneak preview of it here.