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Just Announced: Project Pabst Philly lineup feat. The Menzingers, Peaches, Big Thief, Speedy Ortiz, and more

The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Project Pabst was so kind as to include Philly in last year’s expansive move to become a four-city festival installment — along with Denver, Portland, and Atlanta — and they’re back at it again this summer on September 16th at the Electric Factory. The lineup for this Philly edition was just announced, and it features a big, hearty heaping of good tunes. Continue reading →

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The World Laughs: She-Devils play LIVE plus new Palm, Kevin Morby & Toro y Moi on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

She-Devils | Photo by Sarah O’Driscoll, courtesy of the artist

You’re in for a real treat on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade. In fact, we all are! Listen at 11pm ET on XPN for a full two-hour show that’ll kick off with our latest IRHP Live Session. Joining us in the studio this time around is the Montreal duo She-Devils, whose self-titled debut came out earlier this year on Secretly Canadian. They’ll play selections from the album in our studio in new, amorphous arrangements.

Also in store tonight are a couple of spotlights on new releases, including the latest EP from recent studio guests Palm and Free at Noon alum Kevin Morby. New tracks in the mix as well, so preview them below:

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Shadow Experts: Palm play LIVE plus new Big Thief, Superchunk and Alvvays on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Palm | Photo courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is packed to the gills with brand new tracks from beloved bands and up-and-comers alike! Tune in to XPN at 11pm ET for a full two-hour show that’ll also serve as the chaser for this month’s What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese. In the hopper, we’ve got a live session that John and I recorded together with the now-Philly based experimental pop band Palm. The quartet has a new EP, Shadow Expert, coming this month, and we’ll hear them perform tracks from it live in the studio. Also, since it was just released this week, we’ll spotlight the new full-length from Big Thief, Capacity. Be on the lookout for new singles from Superchunk, Alvvays and Ariel Pink, too!

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kate Faust at Silk City, Big Thief at Chameleon Club, The Avalanches at The TLA and more…

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Kate Faust | photo via artist’s Facebook

Bouncing back to Philly after an LA sojourn, Kate Faust will perform at Silk City tonight. The electro R&B / pop musician released a new batch of songs called Capsizing earlier this year; watch “Your Body(Breaking)” from the EP below. Tickets for the 21+ show with Kingsley Ibeneche and Jacqueline Constance can be found here.

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Death Song: The Black Angels LIVE, new Girlpool, Big Thief and LCD Soundsystem on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

The Black Angels | Photo by Alexandra Valenti, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight with what is by far our spoooookiest live session yet! Listen starting at 11pm ET on WXPN (that’s right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese, you know) for a full two-hour show that’ll feature an in-studio performance from Austin psychedelic masters The Black Angels. The group just released a new album, Death Song, and stopped by to play some of the new tracks in a special, semi-acoustic set. It’s a session that’s not to be missed! Also be on the lookout for a spotlight on Powerplant, the second album from the (former) Philly (former) duo Girlpool. And we’ll do a little survey of bands who’ll be coming through town between now and our next show. You’ll just have to listen to hear those! Or you could preview some of them below…

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Everybody Works: Jay Som plays LIVE, new Future Islands, Diet Cig and The New Pornographers on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Jay Som | Photo by Cara Robbins, courtesy of the artist

Tonight, the Indie Rock Hit Parade comes to you packed to the ceiling with special stuff for you to enjoy. Listen at 11pm ET tonight on XPN for a full two-hour show that features, right off the bat, a brand new IRHP Live Session with Jay Som! The vehicle for California musician Melina Duterte, the full-band version of Jay Som visited our studio last Friday before their show at Boot & Saddle with The Courtneys. Hear the band play songs from their much-lauded new album, Everybody Works, in the first hour of today’s show.

Also, since this week is such a massive one for new albums, we’ll spotlight a few notable releases in the second hour of tonight’s show. Namely, we’ll dig into the much-anticipated return of Future Islands, the full-length debut from NY punk duo Diet Cig and the latest from perennial favorites The New Pornographers. Preview some of the new tracks below…

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Big Thief announce new record Capacity with new snow-capped video for “Mythological Beauty”

Big Thief | Photo: Shervin Lainez
Big Thief | Photo by Shervin Lainez

Brooklyn’s Big Thief announced their highly anticipated follow-up to 2016’s Masterpiece. Titled Capacity, the record comes out on June 9th through Saddle Creek. The indie rock four-piece revealed their plans with a new music video for the record’s hushed first single “Mythological Beauty.” It follows singer/guitarist Adrianne Lenker’s The Revenent-like adventures through a snow-glossed woods, sheltering and attempting to save a blanket-draped man (guitarist Buck Meek) before a mysterious woman (played by Lenker’s mother) offers some help.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Saba at The Trocadero, Big Thief at Johnny Brenda’s, Ladybird at Ortlieb’s and more

Saba | via sabapivot.com
Saba | via sabapivot.com

The Trocadero plays host to a loaded concert headlined by Chicago’s Saba. His big production rap nips at the heels of Chance the Rapper, relying on some classic flow to send his way into the musical wheelhouse of every hip-hop fanatic, and his Bucket List Project was one of last year’s highlights. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on our XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch Sharon Van Etten join Big Thief onstage at Bowery Ballroom

Sharon Van Etten and Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief | photo by @joe_saturday via Brooklyn Vegan

Think of it as an old favorite teaming up with a new favorite. On Saturday night, Brooklyn breakouts Big Thief headlined The Bowery Ballroom in New York City in support of their killer 2016 record Masterpiece, and they were joined onstage by the wonderful Sharon Van Etten — who has taken a bit of a detour from her music career to act in the new Netflix series The OA, stunt double and all. Continue reading →

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The Key Presents: Big Thief

 

Big Thief | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Big Thief | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

It’s been quite the year for Big Thief. Between getting picked up by Saddle Creek in Feburary, putting out the stunning debut LP Masterpiece in May, and filling the rest of the year with tour dates both headlining and alongside folks such as M. Ward and Frankie Cosmos, they’ve been quite busy. The Brookyln-based band has also racked up accolades in everywhere from Pitchfork to NPR Music. (They’ll even appear on World Cafe next week.)

And with good reason. With sensible, classic Western-Americana-influenced songwriting, the band rips ballads while also making a hard left each time you think they’re about to play right into a classic alt-country troupe. Sitting on the southern borderline of “indie,” Big Thief avoids falling into those all-too-familiar patterns, as well. Adrianne Lenker’s fragile, yet tempered songwriting carries the band down a winding road, that allows her to exert great strength both in quietus and with actual sonic force. Continue reading →