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Download a new Chromatics song, “Shadow”

Ruth Radelet of Chromatics | Photo by Nat Walker | via https://www.facebook.com/CHROMATICSBAND/photos_stream
Ruth Radelet of Chromatics | Photo by Nat Walker | via https://www.facebook.com/CHROMATICSBAND/photos_stream

Chromatics is an electronic music group from Portland, Oregon. Since 2001 when they formed, they’ve evolved from a noisy mess of lo-fi and punk into an emotionally intense, cinematic, beautiful synth-pop and dance influenced four piece including lead singer Ruth Radelet, Adam Miller, Nat Walker, and Johnny Jewel. Jewel, known for his use of all analogue equipment is a producer and multi-instrumentalist, owner of the label Italians Do It Better, and also a member of Glass Candy, a synth-pop band influenced by Italian disco. Continue reading →

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An outpour of drums and words: A preview of tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade with the Dodos and Courtney Barnett

Dodos | Photo by Chloe Aftel
Dodos | Photo by Chloe Aftel

We’re back for another Indie Rock Hit Parade tonight at 11pm on WXPN! This week’s show is full of old friends and new ones. Don’t miss our brand new session with the venerable San Francisco duo the Dodos. They’ll play songs from their latest album, Individ, live in our studio.

And if you’ve somehow waited this long to listen to Courtney Barnett‘s debut album, Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit, then you’re in luck. We’ll play a few songs from Courtney on our Weekly Album Spotlight.

Tune in for these new tracks, too:
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Go under the covers on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Luna | Photo by Stefano Giovannini
Luna | Photo by Stefano Giovannini

This Friday night, XPN kicks off a special Under The Covers weekend, and the Indie Rock Hit Parade is getting in on the fun! Starting at 11pm, the Indie Rock Hit Parade kicks off 2015 with two hours of covers from some of our favorite indie artists. We’ll hear songs by The Kinks, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush and others covered by often unlikely groups. We’ll also spotlight a few bands fronted by Dean Wareham, who has a long history of making other people’s songs his own. Here are a few things you might hear tonight:

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Recap: Chromatics and Glass Candy light up Making Time

Chromatics | Photo by John Vettese
Chromatics | Photo by John Vettese

The September edition of DJ Dave P’s Making Time party brought dreamy electropop outfit Chromatics to the Voyeur nightclub in Philly, along with their Portland neighbors Glass Candy. The former’s set got off to rousing start with the bright pulse of “Lady” from their 2012 double LP Kill For Love. The performance was focused and fierce, despite the intrusion of one enthused fan who got onstage and all up in singer Ruth Radelet’s business (she was removed by security and the show went on). Their set drew mostly from Love – the title track sounded magnificent – but dipped back to 2007’s Night Drive for the band’s cover of “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush. Glass Candy took the stage not long after midnight, and was a formidable wake-up blast for the crowd; the long running collaboration of producer Johnny Jewel (who pulled double duty with Chromatics as well) and singer Ida No felt like something between a friendlier Crystal Castles and a more aggressive Robyn. No’s vocals rushed from bright shouts to abrasive screeches, and the set plowed through one rapid-fire track after the next. While Glass Candy didn’t connect on a songwriting level as strongly as Chromatics – the cuts all kind of ran together – their energy was infectious, as was their evident bond with the crowd. No made it a point to clasp every outstretched hand within arms reach throughout the set, and even returning after the last song faded down for a few final hi-fives. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Avett Brothers at Mann Center, Chromatics at Making Time, Kate Faust at MilkBoy, The Last Bison / David Wax Museum at World Cafe Live, Kat Edmonson at Prince Music Theater

avettbros File under: Great Double Bill, Part 1: The Avett Brothers are bringing their incessant banjo harmonies and pick-me-up beats to the Mann Center tonight. Still feeding off of the energy from 2012 release The Carpenter, the raw roots outfit will be celebrating another full-length release of  Magpie and the Dandelion in October. Opening the show is the always energetic Trombone Shorty. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s performance here. Watch the lyric video of new single “Another Is Waiting” below.

FIle under: Great Double Bill, Part 2: Cutting deep with breathless vocals and futuristic downbeats, Chromatics are headlining the 14th installment of Making Time tonight at Voyeur in the Gayborhood. Joining the stage will be fellow Portland freestyle outfit Glass Candy. Check out more information and tickets for tonight’s show here.

File under: Great Double Bill, Part 3: The Last Bison will share the stage tonight with David Wax Museum at World Cafe Live. With their overtone Americana roots and crossbreed of aesthetics each band is on the quick rise with their captivating sound. Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here. Download The Last Bison’s cover of M83’s “Midnight City” below.

Recent Key Studio guest Kate Faust is at the MilkBoy Philly tonight. Stylistically reinventing herself several times over the years, Faust has seamlessly broken into her own signature project with the emotive and playful Crucial Companion EP. Check out and download her Key Studio Session tracks here. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s show here.

Charming singer/songwriter Kat Edmonson is taking the stage tonight at Prince Music Theater. Bound to continue her dazzling performance from this year’s XPonential Festival, this is one show that will soothe your woes after a long day of life. Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here.

Also Tonight:

The Dead Milkmen come to The Note – 8 p.m., all ages show, tickets and info here.

WXPN welcomes Poco to the Carlisle Theater – 7:30 p.m., all ages show, tickets and info here.

North Mississippi Allstars play at Union Transfer – 10:30 p.m., all ages, tickets and info here.

 

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Get ready for Making Time this Saturday with a new mixtape from the Hypercage guys, featuring tracks by Little Boots, Pink Skull and The Avalanches

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Creeping Blobs from Neptune is the latest mind-melting mixtape from Hypercage‘s Thomzilla, released as a free download in anticipation of this Saturday’s Making Time party at Voyeur Nightclub.  It’s a funky and eclectic mashup up of remixes, samples and high energy electronic tracks:

“Creeping Blobs From Neptune” is a nightmare warp jump that starts in Chicago and ends in Space Hell. Climb aboard–to your left you’ll see Mu and Annie adjusting the Avalanches’ oxygen masks; on your right, a perverted zero-grav poker game with Larry Gus, the Glimmers, and Ultramagnetic MCs holding all the cards. And with Pink Skull and Den Haan taking charge of the Captain’s Log, you know you’re in safe hands.

Tickets and information for Saturday’s 21+ event featuring Glass Candy and Chromatics can be found here.  Stream and download Creeping Blobs from Neptune below and view the full track list here.

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Just Announced: Chromatics and Glass Candy co-headlining Making Time on 9/14

Photo by David Pianka
Photo by David Pianka

Architects of perhaps the most ambitious double-LP of the Futuristic Sounds era, Chromatics will headline the September 14th installment of Making Time, according to an Instagram post from party honcho Dave P. The breathtaking downbeat outfit’s 2012 epic Kill For Love still cuts deep a year-plus later, so this show will doubtless be a treat. Joining them are fellow Portlandians Glass Candy; the show takes place Saturday, September 14th at Voyeur in the Gayborhood; and tickets are available here. Below, watch the Chromatics video for “Kill For Love.”

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My Morning Download: “Cherry” by Chromatics

The Portland, Oregon band Chromatics released an excellent album this year, Kill For Love, on the Italians Do It Better label. The band has just released a new song, “Cherry” from a forthcoming compilation, After Dark 2, on their label. Download the song here or below. The first After Dark collection came out in 2007 and was notable for its mix of bands that brought together various styles of music including disco, rock, electronica and glam. Continue reading →

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