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Feel the power of Sleater-Kinney, Operators and The Go! Team on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Sleater-Kinney | Photo by Charles Petersen
Sleater-Kinney | Photo by Charles Petersen

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is back with a vengeance tonight at 11pm on XPN. And by “with a vengeance,” I mean to say “a ton of new music that you won’t want to miss.” Tune in for a full two-hour show, starting immediately after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake! We’ll spotlight No Cities To Love, the first new album from the mighty Sleater-Kinney in a decade, plus hear a few of these fresh new tracks:

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Groove to new Belle & Sebastian, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Pond on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Belle And Sebastian | Photo by Søren Solkær
Belle & Sebastian | Photo by Søren Solkær

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight at 11pm on XPN! What should you expect to hear? Nothing but the best in new and classic indie stuff, of course! On tonight’s show, we’ll spotlight the newly released (and downright terrific) ninth album from Belle & Sebastian, Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance. We’ll also get to a these tracks, hot off the presses:

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Belle and Sebastian will headline the Tower Theater in June

Belle and Sebastian | photo via facebook.com/belleandsebastian
Belle and Sebastian | photo via facebook.com/belleandsebastian

Scottish indie pop band Belle and Sebastian just announced an upcoming stop at the Tower Theater. Coming June 9, this concert will mark almost two years since the group’s magical performance at the Mann Center. 

Tickets will go on sale Friday, Jan. 16 at noon, just a few days before the release of their ninth studio album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, via Matador Records. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Belle and Sebastian announce new album, Ozzy Osbourne confirms final Black Sabbath album/tour and TV On The Radio enlists Pee-wee Herman actor in “Happy Idiot” video

Photo by Søren Solkær Starbird
Photo by Søren Solkær Starbird

Glasgow indie-pop band Belle and Sebastian will release their new album, “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance” on January 20th of next year. Read more & watch the video for the cover song after the jump. Continue reading →

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A magical night with Belle & Sebastian and Yo La Tengo (review, photos, setlist)

Belle and Sebastian | Photo by John Vettese
Belle and Sebastian | Photo by John Vettese

It’s hard to describe a Belle & Sebastian show without first describing—or attempting to describe—what exactly Belle & Sebastian mean to us. What makes Belle & Sebastian so special?

There are plenty of reasons to like a band. They might write catchy melodies, or great lyrics, or boast a really great stage show. None of these are the reason we love Belle & Sebastian, although all of these are certainly true about Belle & Sebastian. No, our love for Belle & Sebastian goes deeper. It’s the way they just seem to get us—the smart, the quirky, the maybe a little dorky, the cynical, the wandering, the artists. It’s the way they seem to effortlessly capture every emotion we’ve ever felt, from gleeful zest to detached nostalgia, while still providing something we can nod along to. They’ve been there for us since we were much younger, and as time has passed and other bands have faded to obscurity, they’ve grown with us, moving from tunes about awkward adolescence and life in the suburbs to the ennui of the workweek and the slow acceptance of always being broke. And last night at the Mann Center, they proved they’ll be sticking around quite a bit longer.

The first thing you notice when Belle & Sebastian take the stage is: there’s a lot of them. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Belle and Sebastain and Yo La Tengo at The Mann Center, Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys at Sands Bethlehem and Many Free Concerts

First up tonight is the incredible double header of Belle and Sebastian and Yo La Tengo.  The Glasgow band Belle and Sebastian have been making beautiful indie pop since the 90s and they’re releasing an album of rarities and B-sides this August.  But before they do that, they’re going on a huge tour, including a stop at The Mann Center.  And joining them is another legendary group Yo La Tengo.  Bouncing from genre to genre and covering numerous songs along the way, Yo La Tengo have been making music their way since the 80s and just released an incredible new album, Fade, in January.  Tonight you can catch both groups at The Mann Center.


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Listen to a new remix of a Belle and Sebastian deep cut (playing The Mann on 7/10)

Any news from Belle and Sebastian is a great way to start the day. The Scottish indie-pop septet, which makes its first Philadelphia appearance since 2006 at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts next week, just announced the release of a new compilation album to go with the tour. The Third Eye Centre, out August 27th on Matador Records, will gather the band’s b-sides and rarities from the past ten years; think of it as an aughties companion to the great Push Barman to Open Old Wounds comp. This is sweet news, since the band is well known for having deep cuts that are equally good as (and often better than) its featured album tracks. Among the mix is a new remix of “Your Cover’s Blown,” a groovy disco-funk cut from the band’s 2004 Books EP, redone by Glasgow dance-rock dude Miaoux Miaoux. Listen to it below, check out the tracklist after the jump, and get tickets and information on the July 10th show at the Mann Center’s website.

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Just Anounced: Members of Belle and Sebastian will DJ their own afterparty at Dolphin Tavern

Screen shot 2013-06-25 at 12.11.16 PMAlthough Belle and Sebastian haven’t released a new album since 2010′s Belle and Sebastian Write About Love, the group is touring this summer and will make a stop at The Mann Center Wednesday July 10th with Yo La Tengo.  It’s their first Philly show since that album was released – and since they played the Electric Factory with New Pornographers in 2006 – and while their lovely orchestral folk-pop sound isn’t something you want to miss, the group has a little surprise in store.  After their performance at The Mann, members of the band will be DJing an after party at The Dolphin Tavern from 10 p.m. to 2. (Note: while it hasn’t been announced who from the band is DJing keyboardist Chris Geddes spun at the R.U.B.A. Club in Northern Liberties after their 2002 show at The Tower. – ed.) For more information about the set, click here and below you can watch “I Want The World To Stop” off their most recent album.