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My Boo Boo: New Toro y Moi, Broken Social Scene & Beach House on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Toro Y Moi | Photo by Andrew Paynter, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to (relative) normalcy tonight at 11pm on XPN. Shortly after the July edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P, listen for a full two-hour show that, let’s face it, will be anything but normal. We’ve got a few new releases to spotlight, namely Broken Social Scene‘s rousing Hug of Thunder, the return of Chaz B. as Toro y Moi on Boo Boo, and Beach House‘s career-spanning set of B-Sides and Rarities. Also in the mix, new singles from Ted Leo, Widowspeak, Frankie Rose, L.A. Witch and more! Preview some of the new tracks below…

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bul Bey at Johnny Brenda’s, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard at Underground Arts, Beach House at Chameleon Club, and more

The Bul Bey performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
The Bul Bey performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philly rapper The Bul Bey headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Since the release of 2015’s Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies, The Bul Bey has been active in the scene and has been steadily been releasing videos of songs off the album. Be sure to catch his charismatic and lively set along with Gabriel Wolf and DJ Sylo. Get more info on the 21+ show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the video for The Bul Bey’s song, “Welcome to My Campaign,” below. Continue reading →

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Night School: Neon Indian, Beach House and (most of) The Walkmen on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Neon Indian | Photo by Ben Rayner
Neon Indian | Photo by Ben Rayner

You know what time of the week it is, so I’ll cut right to the chase. Tune in at 11pm ET for an all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Tonight we’ll spotlight VEGA INTL. Night School, the groovy new album from Alan Palomo aka Neon Indian. Plus we’ll hear a song from Beach House‘s new album, Thank Your Lucky Stars, their second LP of 2015. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for these tracks in the mix as well:

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Never Be Famous: Hussalonia (LIVE), Yo La Tengo and King Gizzard on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Hussalonia | Photo via hussalonia.bandcamp.com
Hussalonia | Photo via hussalonia.bandcamp.com

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is stacked, top to bottom, with special things you simply cannot miss. I just won’t allow it. Tune in starting at 11pm tonight (or better yet, stay tuned after Land of The Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour show that will feature: A brand new, live in-studio session with the Buffalo, NY “pop cult” Hussalonia. Their music has been heard on Welcome To Night Vale and they just released their fifth album of 2015 alone! We’ll hear new songs and old ones in a stripped-down set. We’ll also dig into Stuff Like That There, the new album from Hoboken’s finest, Yo La Tengo. Plus a few of these tracks in case that all wasn’t enough (has anyone ever told you that you’re kinda hard to please):

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Dream Lovers: Beach House, Deerhunter and Hussalonia on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Beach House | Photo by Shawn Brackbill
Beach House | Photo by Shawn Brackbill

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade boasts a number of very special features, so be sure to catch the whole show starting at 11pm on XPN. On our Weekly Album Spotlight, we’ll hear a few tracks from the new album by the venerable Baltimore duo Beach House, Depression Cherry. Elsewhere, we’ll preview next week’s live studio session with the mysterious New York “pop cult,” Hussalonia. All that plus a few of these new tracks in the mix (I promise):

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Arise and Walk: Tame Impala, Protomartyr & Jamie xx on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Tame Impala | Photo by Pooneh Ghana
Tame Impala | Photo by Pooneh Ghana

Tonight, the Indie Rock Hit Parade brings you (among other things) a spotlight on an album that’s been at the top of our list of ‘Most Anticipated Releases’ for months. Tune in starting at 11pm to hear a full two-hour show includes several tracks from Tame Impala‘s newly released Currents. We’ll also check out a few of these tracks, freshly picked for your discerning ears:

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Indie rockers to pay tribute to The Byrds’ Gene Clark at Union Transfer on January 22nd

a_no-otherFront On Wednesday, January 22nd the lead singers of three established indie-rock bands and one indie-rock band on almost hiatus are coming together at Union Transfer to pay tribute to one of the founding members of The Byrds, Gene Clark.

Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear, Department of Eagles), Victoria Legrand (Beach House) and Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) will be performing Clark’s classic album, No Other, originally released in 1974. Clark wrote or co-wrote many of The Byrds’ best songs including “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better,” “Here Without You,” “The World Turns All Around Her,” “She Don’t Care About Time” and “Eight Miles High.”

Clark started The Byrds in 1964 after he met Roger McGuinn and along with David Crosby, Michael Clark and Chris Hillman, set off on a path to change rock influenced folk music in the Sixties. Clark released his first solo album in 1967, while he was still in The Byrds. When he released No Other, it was considered to be a commercial and critical failure. Musicians however, have clung to it’s folk-rock songwriting and arrangements for years. Songs like “Silver Raven,” the eight minute epic “Some Misunderstanding,” and the soulful “Lady of The North,” give the album its lasting resonance. “What it adds up to,” writes Thom Jurek in AllMusic “is a sprawling, ambitious work that brought elements of country, folk, jazzed-out gospel, blues, and trippy rock to bear on a song cycle that reflects the mid-’70s better than anything from that time, yet sounds hauntingly timely even now.

Joining the band in the tribute will be Iain Matthews of Fairport Convention, Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, with members of Lower Dens, Celebration, Cass McCombs’ band and Mt. Royal rounding the lineup out. Beach House had this to say about the album on Pitchfork:

Though we generally love all of his music, we are most infatuated with his 1974 record, No Other. It feels like a special moment in Gene Clark’s songwriting. At first, the overdone, studio nature of the album feels overbearing: the electric violin, the female chorus, the bass riffs, the layered guitar sequences. However, with more listens, Gene Clark’s very unique lyrics, voice and spirit become the central focus. It’s one of those records where each time you listen, you love a different song the most. Every song is nuanced and amazing in its own way.

Go here for more information and tickets to the show. Below, listen to several songs from the album.

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My Morning Download: “Real Love” by Beach House (from a limited time only collection of World Cafe downloads)

Photo by Liz Flyntz
Photo by Liz Flyntz
The final free World Cafe downlpad that is being offered this month (until Midnight tonight) is a Cafe performance of “Real Love” by Beach House.” You can listen to the Baltimore duo’s appearance on the show with David Dye here.

This month World Cafe is offering free downloads of performances from bands including Calexico, Lord Huron, the Afghan Whigs, Alt-J, John Fullbright, Freelance Whales, Stars, Nick Waterhouse, Allen Stone, The Kopecky Family Band, Sea Wolf, Trey Anastasio, Minus The Bear, Father John Misty, and others. Download the entire collection, while they last until Midnight tonight, here.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company