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…
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.
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…
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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.