Toronto indie rockers Alvvays step things up with an announcement of their biggest Philly show to date, a headlining slot at Union Transfer on June 12th. Continuing to tour in support of their debut self-titled effort from last year, the band has been gaining fast momentum close to home and abroad.
There’s nothing worse than the discerning sense that winter is a timeless black hole and that you will never feel the sun’s warmth again in your life. The best way to pretend that the winter isn’t sucking the life out of you is to channel any summer vibes that you can get your hands on. One way to do that is to listen to some songs that remind you of sunny days and overall happiness. These ten songs are here to remind you that some day (not soon enough) it will be summer again.
Seeing as how it’s the Final Friday of the month, the Indie Rock Hit Parade gets condensed down to a one-hour Compact Edition at 11pm tonight on XPN! Stay tuned after Land Of The Lost for a spotlight on art-pop provocateur Ariel Pink‘s new LP, plus a few of these mighty fine tracks:
Alvvays recorded a special live session for this week’s Indie Rock Hit Parade. The Toronto outfit was in town a couple of weeks ago to support its self-titled debut and performed two cuts from the LP along with an unreleased new one called “New Haircut.” Stream and download the session below.
Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session takes us out of the studio and into one of South Philly’s new favorite clubhouses, the Boot & Saddle. Joining us for a live session/pre-show soundcheck is the Toronto quintet Alvvays. Get past the hurdle of their slightly perplexing name (it’s pronounced the same as “always”) and you’ll be rewarded with one of this year’s strongest debut albums. Alvvays’ self-titled record was released back in July and quickly became an Indie Rock Hit Parade staple. Jangly, melodic and occasionally noisy, Alvvays is the sound of a young band with both a firm root in the past and a distinct vision for the future. Continue reading →
I finally learned how to pronounce “Alvvays.” It’s, uhh… Actually just the same as how you would say “always.” Ever since first hearing of Alvvays several months ago, I had been awash with confusion over the band’s name—in a similar manner to the CHVRCHES crisis when that band appeared on the scene a few years ago. But Monday night’s Alvvays show at Boot & Saddle was more than phonetically satisfying—the avvant-garde spellers also spelled out in no uncertain letters that they just plain rock. Continue reading →
Toronto dream-pop five-piece Alvvays (pronounced “always”) returns to Philadelphia tonight for a headlining show at Boot and Saddle. The band released its self-titled debut LP on Polyvinyl records earlier this year, and its a delightful set of indie-pop anthems reminiscent of Teenage Fanclub, Black Tambourine and My Bloody Valentine. Check out the uber-catchy “Marry Me, Archie” below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to the XPN airwaves tonight at 10pm! Tune in for a colossal assortment of brand new tracks from Beach Day, The New Pornographers, Tennis, Alvvays and more! And don’t miss our album spotlight on the newly released sophomore LP from Philly’s own Literature! Here’s a sampling of what’s in store tonight:
UK retro-rockers Yuck kicked off their winter tour at a sold-out Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday night with a fuzzy set of songs from their 2013 outing Glow and Behold as well as their 2011 self-titled debut. While founding member Daniel Blumberg left the group during the making of Glow, new guitarist Ed Hayes meshed well into the four-piece, bouncing around the stage with high energy as the crowd bopped around delightfully to their Sonic Youth via Dinosaur Jr. tones.
The opening acts mixed well into the set; excellent Toronto five-piece Alvvays nearly with a set offering a shoegaze / dreampop flipside to Yuck’s propulsive fuzz-rock approach. Splitting the difference in the first opening slot was Philly’s Hurry, whose short set mixed both dreamy melodies and punk energy – plus a snappy cover of Guided by Voices’ “Teenage FBI.”