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A pile of new music from Wild Nothing, Animal Collective and DIIV on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Wild Nothing | Photo by Shawn Brackbill
Wild Nothing | Photo by Shawn Brackbill

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:

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Please don’t watch the new Animal Collective video if you are prone to seizures

Animal Collective | photo courtesy of the artist
Animal Collective | photo courtesy of the artist

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 →

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Animal Collective release new song “FloriDada,” announce shows at Union Transfer, World Cafe Live at the Queen

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Animal Collective | photo by Hisham Akira Bharoocha and Abby Portner

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.

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Best of 2015 plus new Animal Collective & ANOHNI on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Unknown Mortal Orchestra | Photo by Neil Krog
Unknown Mortal Orchestra | Photo by Neil Krog

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!

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sir Sly at Boot and Saddle, Frightened Rabbit at the Electric Factory, Animal Collective at Union Transfer

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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.

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Animal Collective add second Union Transfer show on October 27th

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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.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. The Fleeting Ends, Dr. Dog, XPoNential Music Festival)

Photo by Nicky Devine
Photo by Nicky Devine

Philly favorites Dr. Dog announce next LP B-Room, release lyric video for “The Truth” [link]

The Fleeting Ends stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session [link]

Check out this week’s show reviews and photo recaps including The Swirlies and Fun. [link]

Get psyched for this weekend’s XPoNential Music Festival by listening to past fest performances by Dr. Dog, Dawes and more [link]

The Civil Wars‘ track “Dust to Dust” is XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week [link]

Stornoway recorded a stripped down Folkadelphia Session, performing songs from their latest Tales From Terra Firma LP [link]

Wednesday’s My Morning Download featured San Francisco band The Family Crest and their song “Love Don’t Go” [link]

Brighton Sound Sessions went down a new path with their latest recording of jazz/funk trio ill Delta’s “Dark Chocolate” [link]

A slew of Philly dates were announced this week for bands including Animal Collective, Zola Jesus, Built to Spill and more [link]

The Dead Milkmen will headline a free show at Liberty Lands Park in support of music education on August 24th [link]

Instrumental Philly outfit North End will release their Cognoscere EP next month – get a preview with single “Gabardine [link]

Download Hezekiah Jones‘ cover of Damien Jurado’s “Shannon Rhodes” [link]

 

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Just Announced: Animal Collective headining Union Transfer on 10/28

Photo by Charlotte Jacobson
Photo by Charlotte Jacobson

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.

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From Across The Pond: Photos and video of The Walkmen and more from Pitchfork Music Festival Paris

Our contributing writer / photographer Rachel Barrish is studying in Rome this fall, and this past weekend took the opportunity to head north for the Pitchfork Music Festival Paris. From Rachel:

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.