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It’s the Indie Rock Hit Parade ‘Night of Far Too Many New Albums!’

The Courtneys | Photo by Andrew Volk, courtesy of the artist

If you have spent any time in a record store this week (or this month, for that matter), you might have noticed that there are far too many new albums out now. On tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade, we’ll do our darndest to find the best of the best of these overabundant new releases. Listen at 11pm ET on XPN (that’s right after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake, you know) as the Indie Rock Hit Parade presents ‘Night of Far Too Many New Albums!” Preview some of the new tracks from The Courtneys, Froth and NE-HI below…

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Carol Cleveland Sings

Carol Cleveland Sings | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

For our first Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session of 2017, we’re delighted to be joined by Carol Cleveland Sings. A multimedia pop group, CCS is formed around the duo of Thomas Hughes (The Spinto Band, The Music Tapes) and singer-songwriter Gretchen Lohse. Along with keyboardist/drum programmer Eric Hartman, Hughes and Lohse brought the music of their album Effervescent Lure to our studios.

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Run To Your Bedroom: Carol Cleveland Sings LIVE, new Jens Lekman, Vagabon & Xiu Xiu on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Carol Cleveland Sings | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns with an all-new show tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! Listen for a number of things that will fill your Friday night with whimsy, including a brand new live studio session with Carol Cleveland Sings! The group, featuring Thomas Hughes of The Spinto Band/The Music tapes and singer-songwriter Gretchen Lohse, are pros when it comes to making ear-catching pop as well as constructing mesmerizing video collages. We’ll hear CCS perform songs from their 2016 debut, Effervescent Lure, live in the studio! Also in the mix tonight, new tracks from Europop lifer Jens Lekman, lyrical spellbinder Vagabon and the always adventurous Xiu Xiu. Check out a few of those selections below…

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: You Won’t at Johnny Brenda’s

You Won't | photo via https://www.facebook.com/youwontmusic/
You Won’t | photo via https://www.facebook.com/youwontmusic/

Massachusetts indie-folk duo You Won’t is rolling through Philly tonight for a show at Johnny Brenda’s. Opening the show will be Philly psych-pop duo Carol Cleveland Sings and The Suitcase Junket. The latter has been touring with them since the April 2016 release of their record Revolutionaries. Get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar and check out the video for “Ya Ya Ya” off their latest LP below. Continue reading →

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Carol Cleveland Sings puts all their best Vines on YouTube in new compilation clip

Carol Cleveland Sings | Illustration by Alicia Herber | via the band's Facebook page
Carol Cleveland Sings | Illustration by Alicia Herber | via the band’s Facebook page

For better or worse, the six-second video sharing platform Vine has been shut down, meaning the app’s finest have to move on to a new platform. Philadelphia’s Carol Cleveland Sings is no exception, but luckily, the psych pop duo has just shared a compilation of their best clips on their YouTube page. You can stream it below. Continue reading →

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“An Art Project With Multiple Layers”: Getting to know Carol Cleveland Sings ahead of their new album Effervescent Lure

Carol Cleveland Sings | photo via facebook.com/CarolClevelandSings

Thomas Hughes and Gretchen Lohse are longtime creative collaborators in the regional music scene, the former a solo artist and former leader of the indie-folk ensemble Yellow Humphrey, and the latter a member of DE indie pop favorites The Spinto Band. Over the past year, they’ve worked together under the banner Carol Cleveland Sings – a delightful synthpop outfit with a penchant for dazzling, retro-stylized music videos.

Fans of The Magnetic Fields will find a lot to like in their sound, but the look of their project is just as crucial, and the Carol Cleveland Sings Vine channel is clever, fun and very popular. Hughes and Lohse, both visual artists in addition to musicians, use it to tease song ideas while also playing on pop culture touchstones like Pokemon and Stranger Things.

With its visual identity firmly established, Carol Cleveland Sings is stepping out with its first full-length of recorded music this fall. This morning, it announced the release of Effervescent Lure on Humble Twin Records. To mark the occasion, we’re premiering the song “Black Canvas” – which was teased in six-second format this spring on Vine. Lohse says it generated a lot of excitement and questions about when the full track would be available. Listen to it below, and read an interview between Hughes, Lohse and myself about the genesis and scope of Carol Cleveland Sings. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Carol Cleveland Sings and technicolor dogs will get you through your midweek “Ennui”

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Carol Cleveland Sings | photo courtesy of the band

Thomas Hughes has joined forces with Gretchen Lohse for his latest effort as Carol Cleveland Sings, the two Philadelphia musicians collaborating on the forthcoming Wishing Well EP that is home to this brightly idiosyncratic single “Ennui.” The video we are premiering today was directed by French artist Anne Horel and will certainly get you through any midweek lag you’re feeling.

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