The Indie Rock Hit Parade is ready to kick off the new year in style, tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! By ‘in style,” I mean to say that there is a mountain of brand new tracks to play for you tonight, so you should definitely tune in if you’re a fan of Wild Nothing, Deep Sea Diver or Prince Rama. In fact, there might be too much new music to play tonight. We’ll preview these new releases and a whole lot more:
The video for Animal Collective‘s song “FloriDada,” a bizarro blender of pop music pointillism, opens with a disclaimer. “Viewer discretion is advised – the video has been identified to potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy.” And while I would argue that the band’s new website design is perhaps more likely to have adverse effects on viewers (warning: click with caution), the video is no less tripped out. It’s got bright neon colors, swirling animation, and imagery reminiscent of a health class on acid. Continue reading →
Animal Collective have announced the release of Painting With, the experimental-pop band’s eleventh studio record and follow-up to 2012′s Centipede Hz. With the announcement comes a national tour, which kicks off on February 19th at Union Transfer and wraps up on May 13th in Wilmington at World Cafe Live at the Queen.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year on the Indie Rock Hit Parade. No, not holiday time (though that’ll be coming in a few short weeks), but the time to look back at some of the best releases of 2015! Listen starting at 11pm ET (after Making Time RADio with Dave P) for a full two-hour IHRP, We’ll get to a bunch of new tracks in the first hour, like new Animal Collective, ANOHNI and Parquet Courts. Then, in Hour 2, we’ll hear from some of the best records of the year. Seriously!
Alt-pop rockers Sir Sly will electrify the Boot and Saddle stage tonight. The band released its Gold EP back in May. Their sound is poppy and electronic but they contrast it with melancholic lyrics (much like Tegan and Sara’s latest album Heartthrob). Get ticket information here and check out “Ghost” below.
Just shy of selling out their originally-scheduled October 28th date, Animal Collective have added a second show at Union Transfer for October 27th. The Baltimore-born, multi-city-based experimental psych outfit released its tenth studio album Centipede HZ last year. Weirder and featuring more surprising twists and turns than its pop-aligned predecessor, the record was a return to roots in both personnel and style – following a brief hiatus during the Merriweather Post Pavilion era, Deakin (Josh Dibb) rejoined Avey Tare (Dave Portner), Geologist (Brian Weitz) and Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) for the recording and touring of HZ.
While past tours have focused on new, not yet recorded material, the band has been digging into its back catalog for the recent run of 2013 dates. Among the unearthed tracks is “Purple Bottle” off of 2005′s Feels, which hadn’t been played live in several years.Watch a performance of the song filmed in Animal Collective’s practice space below and go here for tickets for the added Union Transfer show.
After closing out last summer with a surreal headlining show at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, psychedelic oddballs Animal Collective are returning to the comparatively cozier setting of Union Transfer on October 28th. Tickets to the show (with Dan Deacon opening) will be available this Friday at Noon. Below, watch the band performing “Lion in a Coma” at The Mann last year.
I was in attendance on Friday evening with featured performances from Tallest Man on Earth, The Walkmen, Wild Nothing, Animal Collective, and more. The festival took place at the Grand Hall de Vilette, a large auditorium fit with two stages on either end. The room was filled with people excited and eager to catch their next favorite act.
Check out her photos in the gallery above, and watch a video of Tallest Man on Earth playing “Revelation Blues” below.