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The Guppy Effect: Charly Bliss LIVE, new Belle & Sebastian, The Clientele & Stars on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Charly Bliss | Photo by Jacqueline Harriet

After a short, festival-induced break, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is back and better than ever tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! Stay tuned after the similar return of Making Time RADio with Dave P for a full two-hour show that’ll waste no time in getting you back into an IRHP frame of mind. First up, we’ve got a brand new live session to share: NYC ‘bubblegum punks’ Charly Bliss released their debut album back in the spring, and they’ll play some tracks from Guppy live in our studio! There’s also a pile of brand new music that’s been growing taller and taller since our last meeting, so be sure to listen for new releases from Belle & Sebastian, Wolf Parade, Stars, The Clientele and more! Preview some of the new things below…

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Belle and Sebastian and Andrew Bird delight generations of fans at Mann Center

Belle and Sebastian | photo by Kate McCann for WXPN

“Young and hip and beautiful, that’s what we used to be,” Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch laughed. He was referencing the opening set by Porches, now almost three hours ago at the Mann Center, but spun it into self-depricating self-reflection in the middle of a lively and high-energy set.

It was a night full of many instruments, and attendees got their money’s worth with hours of music during sets by Porches, Andrew Bird and a delightful selection of songs by Belle and Sebastian. After Porches played some of their synthpop jams, including a very deadpan version of “Car,” Andrew Bird took the stage with his band. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Belle and Sebastian at Mann Center, Pine Barons at PhilaMOCA, GrandeMarshall at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Belle And Sebastian
Belle And Sebastian | Photo by Søren Solkær

A Belle and Sebastian performnce is reason enough to head out to the Mann Center on any night, but throw in Andrew Bird and Porches to the lineup and you’ve got an unmissable show on your hands. The Scottish seven-piece’s last record was 2015’s Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, and they have a new album promised later in 2017 on Matador. Listen to the new single “We Were Beautiful” that the group dropped over the weekend, and check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →

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Join in the celebratory sounds of Belle and Sebastian’s new song “We Were Beautiful”

Belle and Sebastian | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Before Belle and Sebastian take on the Mann Center tomorrow for an uber lineup consisting of them, Andrew Bird and Porches, they’ve shared a new track for us. Though called “We Were Beautiful,” I cornily advocate for a title change to present tense because this track is a downright lovely piece of indie pop. Continue reading →

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Dance to the Beat: Belle and Sebastian and Lucius filled the Tower Theater with lush indie pop

Belle and Sebastian | Photo by Kate McCann
Belle and Sebastian | Photo by Kate McCann

Belle and Sebastian released their first album in five years, entitled Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, this past winter. The title reflects the attitude of the band’s new-found live energy: they’re at a fairly peaceful time in their career, and they really just want to dance.

Who can blame them? After years of dreamy, sleepwalking twee pop, the band has adopted a more accessible, club-worthy sound that still showcases their knack for songwriting.

Don’t like it? Well, Belle and Sebastian don’t care, simply because they’re Belle and Sebastian. They have the experience and magic charm to turn even the most top-40-sounding melodies into indie hits. Then they’ll just pull you up on stage and dance the negativity out of you. Literally. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: STS at Underground Arts, Belle and Sebastian at The Tower Theater, B.C. Camplight at Union Transfer and more

STS in the World Cafe studio | Photo by Rich McKie
STS in the World Cafe studio | Photo by Rich McKie

Philly rapper STS (aka Sugar Tongue Slim) opens the stacked lineup tonight at Underground Arts, joining Heems of Das Racist and Afrobeat electronic group The Very Best. This is STS’ first Philly show since the release of his latest, STS x RJD2, and the collaborative album joins his witty and oft-introspective rhymes with RJD2’s funky, party-ready backings and the occasional surprise guest hook from, oh, I don’t know, Amos Lee. Tickets and more info on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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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 →