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Album Spotlight Alert! Thee Oh Sees, of Montreal, Field Mouse and Best of 2016 (so far) on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Thee Oh Sees | Photo courtesy of the artist

This week’s Indie Rock Hit Parade, like most weeks’, is a special one. Tonight’s show (starting at 11pm ET on WXPN, right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese), will spotlight not one, not two, but fifteen releases from 2016! We’ll dig into a few newly released albums, namely those from fuzz freaks Thee Oh Sees, celebrated funk-twisters of Montreal, gut-punch punks Field Mouse and more, plus hear from some of the year’s most exceptional recordings so far. It shouldn’t surprise you that we’ll get to tracks from Parquet Courts, Big Thief and Car Seat Headrest, but there might also be a few albums in the mix whose initial releases you might have missed. It’s part best of, part new music showcase, part treasure hunt. It’s the Indie Rock Hit Parade, and it’s coming for you.

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High Notes: La Sera plays LIVE! Plus new PUP, Unknown Mortal Orchestra & The Kills on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

La Sera | Photo by Julie Brokaw, courtesy of the artist
La Sera | Photo by Julie Brokaw, courtesy of the artist

It’s time for another Indie Rock Hit Parade on 88.5 XPN! Tune in tonight at 11pm ET (that’s right after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake, ya know!) for a full two-hour show that’s overloaded with brand new stuff.

First up, we’ll share our newest IRHP Live Studio Session with La Sera! The LA-based band is the long-running solo venture for ex-Vivian Girls bassist Katy Goodman. La Sera plays songs from their new, Ryan Adams-produced album, Music For Listening To Music To, live in the studio! Also in store tonight, a spotlight on the new second album from the Canadian punk band PUP, and a few of these fresh tracks:

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Car Seat Headrest streaming live tonight via All Songs Considered

Car Seat Headrest | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Car Seat Headrest | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

We’ve all had a heavy dose of Car Seat Headrest lately. Last Friday, Teens Of Denial was released, giving us our first studio album from the project that has flooded bandcamp with releases since 2010. That night, Will Toledo and his band wowed NonCOMM with am electrifying set at World Cafe Live. And Sunday night, they took over Underground Arts for a headline performance. Even as I sit at a desk at WXPN, I can hear someone across the office listening to the indie rockers.

If all that’s not enough, we thought we’d pass along the news that NPR Music and All Songs Considered will be streaming Car Seat Headrest’s show at Black Cat DC tonight, starting at 9:30pm. If you weren’t lucky enough to catch them when they were in town this past weekend, here’s your chance to make up for it. Follow this link to watch, and in the mean time take a listen to “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales.”

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Car Seat Headrest continue the conversation by bringing their Noise Machine to Underground Arts

Car Seat Headrest | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Car Seat Headrest | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

It had only been two days since Car Seat Headrest last played in Philadelphia. Back on Friday, the four piece band fronted by indie-rock wunderkind Will Toledo was introduced by David Dye at NonCOMM (before which Dye said, “I had to play rock-paper-scissors with Bob Boilen to introduce these guys, and I won”). While it was still a great set filled with, as fellow Key writer Joe Bloss put it, “youthful lyrics and mind-numbing guitar shredding,” it was still only four songs, all of which came from the newly released and sarcastically cathartic Teens of Denial (check out K. Ross Hoffman’s great album review for the Key here). The band’s appearance at Underground Arts on Sunday night gave them the chance to expound on their Teens of Denial stuff, while also dive into louder and more fleshed-out versions of Toledo’s early Bandcamp material as well. Continue reading →

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Autodrama: Puro Instinct, Deakin & Nothing on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Puro Instinct | Photo by Mark Squires, courtesy of the artist
Puro Instinct | Photo by Mark Squires, courtesy of the artist

I’ll be honest: Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is a little all over the map. Tune in at 11pm ET on WXPN to hear how things shake out. With more individual tracks coming out this week than full-length albums, we’ll forego the tradition spotlight feature in favor of a smattering of fresh new singles. We’ll hear gauzy pop from the sister duo Puro Instinct, the solo debut from Animal Collective guitarist Deakin, and a blast of noise energy from Philly’s own Nothing. And that’s just a sample! Preview those tracks below…

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Car Seat Headrest share “Fill In the Blank” off of new LP

Car Seat Headrest
Car Seat Headrest | Photo courtesy of the artist

Car Seat Headrest are gearing up to release their sophomore effort Teens of Denial next month, and they’ve shared another single from the LP called “Fill In the Blank.” After the somber “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales,” songwriter Will Toledo returns to his energetic self on this one. You’ll hear notes of Craig Finn-brand indie rock paired a structure that makes for a great sing-a-long, something will probably happen when the band comes to town next month.

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SWEEP! Parquet Courts, Woods & John Congleton on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Parquet Courts | Photo by Ben Rayner, courtesy of the artist
Parquet Courts | Photo by Ben Rayner, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade comes your way tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Make sure you’re listening, because this was another big week for new album and song releases. So big, in fact, that we’ll have another DOUBLE Album Spotlight on the show! Not only will we hear new tracks from Parquet Courts‘ much-anticipated Human Performance, but we’ll dive into City Sun Eater In The River Of Light, the newest album from Woods. But that’s just the start! There are new tracks from Car Seat Headrest, Whitney, Moonface and more, so check out a little preview below:

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Fools Gold: Bleached, Black Mountain & Operators on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Bleached | Photo by Nicole Anne Robbins, courtesy of the artist
Bleached | Photo by Nicole Anne Robbins, courtesy of the artist

Don’t be some kind of April Fool: Listen to the Indie Rock Hit Parade, tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! You might have noticed that something like a metric TON of new albums came out today. We’ll throw the spotlight on not one but TWO new releases: Welcome The Worms by L.A. garage-punks Bleached and IV by Vancouver’s riff-monsters Black Mountain. As if that weren’t enough for you (which it isn’t, let’s be honest), we’ll hear new tracks from Yeasayer, Operators, Car Seat Headrest and more! Check out a few of the things you’ll hear in the mix below…

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