Weather Radio: Pylon LIVE plus Peel Sessions & new Sad13 and Teenage Fanclub on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Pylon at the Mad Hatter, 1983 | Courtesy of Bob Hay

The Indie Rock Hit Parade comes to you tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! That’s right after a special all-Peel Sessions edition of Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake, and the Hit Parade is going to act as the perfect chaser. More specifically, we’ll be featuring a few more Peel Session recordings from Sonic Youth and Belle & Sebastian. There’s also this week’s Album Spotlight, where we’ll dig into a newly released archival recording of Athens, GA indie pioneers Pylon. Recorded in December 1983 at the Mad Hatter club in Athens, Pylon Live captures what would be the band’s final performance. Also in the mix are brand new tracks from Scottish jangle vets Teenage Fanclub, Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis’ new solo bumper as Sad13, and the Sub Pop debut of NY guitar-kickers LVL UP! Check out some of those below:

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Watch David Lee Roth join Foo Fighters on some Van Halen classics, SEE rare video of a 1980 Talking Heads concert in NJ, and stream Belle & Sebastian’s new album


Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl celebrated his 46th birthday, a few days early, this past Saturday night in LA with a big, all-star concert that included an appearance from Van Halen’s David Lee Roth, among many others. Grohl’s birthday is Jan 14th. Continue reading →


Spotlight on Parquet Courts, Belle & Sebastian and Ty Segall on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Parquet Courts | Photo by Ben Rayner
Parquet Courts | Photo by Ben Rayner

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to your on-the-move lifestyle tonight at 10pm on XPN! Listen in for new music from those lovable rascals Parquet Courts, who have just unleashed their second album of 2014. Content Nausea is out now and we’ll hear a few tracks from it on tonight’s Album Spotlight. We’ve also got new tracks like these to get to in tonight’s full, two-hour show:
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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Firefly, The Flaming Lips, The Downtown Club)


Relive the weekend’s Firefly Festival with reviews and photos [link]

William Tyler stops by for a Folkadelphia [link]

David Dye, Michaela Majoun and the XPN hosts list their favorite albums of 2013 so far [link]

Vampire Weekend will perform at the Mann Center on 9/19 [link]

Italian prog-rock film composers Goblin will make their U.S. debut this fall, playing Underground Arts on 10/5 [link]

The Flaming Lips will play Festival Pier with Tame Impala on 10/3 [link]

Members of Belle & Sebastian will DJ a party at Dolphin Tavern following their July 10th show at the Mann Center [link]

Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick goes solo / acoustic on his new track “Creature Comfort” [link]

Stream local electronic / R&B duo Marian Hill‘s new single “Whiskey” [link]

Set times for this year’s XPoNential Music Festival have been announced [link]

Check out pictures of Wilco‘s Solid Sound Festival set, get ready to see them at XPo Fest next month [link]

Local new wave outfit The Downtown Club recorded this week’s Key Studio Session [link]