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Just Announced: Project Pabst Philly lineup feat. The Menzingers, Peaches, Big Thief, Speedy Ortiz, and more

The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Project Pabst was so kind as to include Philly in last year’s expansive move to become a four-city festival installment — along with Denver, Portland, and Atlanta — and they’re back at it again this summer on September 16th at the Electric Factory. The lineup for this Philly edition was just announced, and it features a big, hearty heaping of good tunes. Continue reading →

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Listen to Speedy Ortiz cover TV on the Radio for Planned Parenthood

Speedy Ortiz
Speedy Ortiz | photo courtesy of the artist

Lionfish Music announced Cover Your Ass Vol. 1 earlier this month, marking the first edition of a series of cover records, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Planned Parenthood (and I’m 110% with that artwork). Although the packed record — featuring Sandy) Alex G, Porches, Deerhoof, and more –doesn’t come out until May 26th, we got our first taste with Speedy Ortiz and their cover of TV on the Radio‘s “Young Liars”. And, of course, kill it in their spunky, dirty tremolo sort of way.

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Lithuania join members of Speedy Ortiz, Laser Background and more for Steely Dan tribute in Brooklyn

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Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com

Tis the season of Yacht Rock, and what better way to celebrate than with a Steely Dan tribute show chock full of some of our favorite artists?

Eric Slick and The Talkhouse curated Reelin’ In the Years: a Tribute to Steely Dan as a spin-off of an in-depth piece the Dr. Dog drummer wrote, and they’ve wrangled members of Speedy Ortiz, Laser Background, The So So Glos, and Ava Luna, along with Ian Sweet, Twiga, Bad Faces and Slick’s own Dan-influenced Lithuania to be a part of it.

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Cool Intentions: Islands, Speedy Ortiz & James Blake on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Islands | Photo by Christian Faustus, courtesy of the artist
Islands | Photo by Christian Faustus, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN (right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese, of course!). Tonight’s show is a special one, thanks in part to a very unique Album Spotlight I’ve got lined up. When we last heard from our friend Nick “Diamonds” Thorburn, he was out doing a solo thing that resulted in a seriously groovy IRHP session. He also hinted that his next project would be recording and releasing TWO new albums with his main band, Islands. Those two albums, Taste and Should I Remain Here At Sea?, are both out today, and we’ll hear selections from each on tonight’s show. There are also plenty of new singles to get to, namely ones from fellow IRHP Session vets Speedy Ortiz, UK electro-soulster James Blake and the monumental return of The Stone Roses. Check out a few of those below:

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Get Stoked: Hop Along will tour with Speedy Ortiz this spring

Hop Along | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Hop Along | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philly force of rock and roll nature Hop Along sure has a knack for picking great tour partners. After a winter run with hometown homies Dr. Dog, the band today announced a spring tour with indie rock compatriots Speedy Ortiz – the compelling Boston four-piece fronted by singer-guitarist Sadie Dupuis. You can find the tour dates below, along with videos of both bands playing live at WXPN studios. No Philly date, but hey, Asbury Park is not that far away.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thievery Corporation at The Fillmore, Speedy Ortiz at First Unitarian Church, Dogs on Acid at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Thievery Corporation | photo via Facebook

DC electronic duo Thievery Corporation headline The Fillmore tonight. 2015 marks the group’s twentieth year as a band, a career that started over an admiration of club life and a love for dub, bossa nova and jazz music. 2014’s Saudade is their most recent release; watch the video for “Depth of My Soul” below and pick up tickets to the show here. Continue reading →

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Speedy Ortiz

Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is with the Massachusetts-based band Speedy Ortiz. Formed in 2011 as the solo project of singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis, Speedy Ortiz currently features drummer/vocalsist Mike Falcone, guitarist Devin McKnight and bassist Darl Ferm. Having spent countless dates on the road following 2013’s Major Arcana, Speedy Ortiz released their second album, Foil Deer, earlier this year on Carpark Records. They stopped by our studio to play songs from the new album right after a show at Johnny Brenda’s.

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