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Internal World: New Cloud Nothings, Sneaks and Real Estate on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Cloud Nothings | Photo by Jesse Lirola, courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade has all the things you need for a late-night Friday experience: New tunes, occasional chatter, a well-read host. Most importantly, it has YOU tuning in at 11pm ET (right after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) on XPN. In the mix tonight are new selections from dreamy guitar guys Real Estate, minimalist groover Sneaks and beloved pop army The New Pornographers. We’ve also got tracks from the newly released Cloud Nothings album, Life Without Sound, along with a look back at their recent live performance in our studio!

Preview some of those good things below…

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Modern Act: Cloud Nothings LIVE, holiday tunes from Sad13 & Natalie Prass on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Cloud Nothings | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN
Cloud Nothings | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

I could not be happier to tell you this: the Indie Rock Hit Parade is BAAAAACK!! After the #XPNAtoZ wrapped up last week, we’ve been itching to get back to our Friday night spot on WXPN with you. Tonight’s show is so wonderful, it even begins at a special time: Tune in at 10pm ET for a full two-hour IRHP that will light the way to the start of The Night Before with Robert Drake at midnight!

We’ll premiere our IRHP Live Session with Cloud Nothings (which you can check out HERE) and listen to new holiday tunes from Sad13, Deep Cuts and Natalie Prass to get you in the seasonal mood…

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Cloud Nothings | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is with Cleveland guitar-busters Cloud Nothings! Formed in 2009 as the bedroom-based solo project of guitarist Dylan Baldi, Cloud Nothings quickly evolved into a noise/punk/pop hybrid as its ranks grew to include permanent band members. Now featuring drummer Jayson Gerycz, bassist TJ Duke, and guitarist Chris Brown, Cloud Nothings are preparing to release their fourth full-length, Life Without Sound, in January 2017. While on a short warm-up tour in the late fall, Cloud Nothings came to our studios to record live takes of a few new tracks.

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Batter Up: New Jagwar Ma, Foxygen & Mitski on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Jagwar Ma | Photo courtest of Shorefire Media

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is back tonight with things for you to enjoy and things for you to look forward to. Listen starting at 11pm ET on WXPN (and whaddya know, that’s right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese! for a full two hour show that features the newly released second album from Australian rave-pop trio Jagwar Ma. Seeing how Jagwar Ma’s 2013 debut, Howlin’, was one of my favorite albums of that year (and continues to sound fresh), Every Now & Then is a much-welcome sequel. We’ll hear a few tracks from it on tonight’s IRHP Album Spotlight. Also in the mix tonight are new tracks from Nashville guitar army Diarrhea Planet and Cleveland’s premier bedroom pop project-turned-punk crew Cloud Nothings, who both recently recorded live sessions in our studio to be shared in the coming weeks! Be on the lookout, too, for new things from Foxygen, Mitski, Nicolas Jaar and more…

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nas at The Keswick, Cloud Nothings at Union Transfer, and Little Strike at Little Berlin

Photo via NAS Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Nas)
photo via facebook.com/Nas

Brooklyn-born MC Nas will be taking the stage at The Keswick tonight. After the release of his debut album Illmatic in 1994, which has been consistently referenced as one of the best hip-hop albums of all time, the famous rapper quickly emerged into the hip hop game. He continued to rise to fame after making his second album, It Was Written, which went platinum twice in one month. Nas has also reached out to work with other artists including Damien Marley, whom he collaborated on an album with and donated earnings to charity in Africa. To find more information on tonight’s show, visit the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out Nas’ video for his song “Daughters” below. Continue reading →

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Get friendly with Bear In Heaven, Ought, The Front Bottoms and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Bear In Heaven | Photo by Dusdin Condren
Bear In Heaven | Photo by Dusdin Condren

After a special all-sessions edition for the 4th of July holiday, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is back in full force tonight at 10pm on XPN! There’s a little bit of catching up to do, new music-wise, so tune in for brand new tracks from newly released and just-announced albums. We’ll dig into the debut release from the Montreal-based art-punk band Ought, and hear a few of these fine recordings in the mix:


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Get weird with new music from Dum Dum Girls, Liars, Cloud Nothings and more on tonight’s “Compact” Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Dum Dum Girls | Image courtesy of the artist
Dum Dum Girls | Image courtesy of the artist

Another month brings us to another Final Friday which, in turn, brings us to another one-hour ‘Compact’ edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Stay tuned after Robert Drake’s Land of the Lost for a showcase of new and exciting tracks that have been boiled down to their highest concentration of cool. Here are a few of the things you’ll hear in the mix tonight starting at 11pm:

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Weekend Picks: Delta Spirit at Union Transfer, Cloud Nothings at Johnny Brenda’s, First Aid Kit at Union Transfer

FRIDAY, MARCH 30th
When Delta Spirit self-titled its latest album, it wasn’t just for lack of a better idea. With Delta Spirit, the band shed its former Americana for a more electric sound—which, clearly, they hope to be identified with in years to come. The switch is fairly seamless for Delta Spirit, which performed at the WXPN showcase at SXSW (in case you missed our multiple posts about it) with high-energy songs that capture your attention keep it through the whole album. The band members, known for their experimentation, may change their minds about Delta Spirit’s sound later down the road, but for now the change is a welcome one. Delta Spirit performs with Waters at 9 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are SOLD OUT. —Nicole Soll

The Cleveland, OH-based lo-fi rock quartet Cloud Nothings is currently on tour in support of the band’s third album, Attack On Memory (released in January via Carpark Records). Cloud Nothings performs with Bleeding Rainbow and A Classic Education at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT.

Also Playing: Andrew W.K. + Math the Band, Aleister X at Theatre Of Living Arts (8 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Black Landlord + Doug Johnson at Milkboy Philly (10 p.m., 21+, $10); Blayer Pointdujour And The Rockers Galore + She Came Crashing, The Hi Five at The M Room (9 p.m., 21+, $8); Nero + Dillon Francis at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., all ages, $40)

SATURDAY, MARCH 31st
Would a band like Swedish YouTube sensation First Aid Kit be touring through the United States back in the early ’00s, before the term “YouTube Sensation” (and the instant fame it granted) even existed? Probably not, for a variety of reasons—not the least of which is because sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg would have been only 10 and 7 years old (respectively) back in 2000. In an Internet-less alternate reality, the sisters Söderberg would probably spend most of their musical careers toiling away in the Stockholm rock circuit, making just enough money to keep their plates full of pickled herring. Thankfully, we live in a world where First Aid Kid blew up on the Internet, which afforded the folk duo the opportunity to bring its vocal-harmony-laden, Fleet-Foxes-inspired music stateside in late 2010. Since then, First Aid Kit has released its critically acclaimed sophomore album, The Lion’s Roar, back in January (via Redeye Records), which the duo is currently touring in support of. First Aid Kit performs with Peggy Sue at 8:30 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $15.

Also Playing: Far-Out Fangtooth + The Eeries, The Shakes at North Star Bar (9 p.m., 21+, $10); Gang + Sgt. Sass, Violent Vickie at Kung Fu Necktie (9 p.m., 21+, $8); Mason Jennings + The Pines at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., all ages, $25-$45)

SUNDAY, APRIL 1st
Guitar Wolf + The Transistors, The Midnight Beat at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $13-$15); Samarth Nagarkar + Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury, Kedarnath Havaldar at PhilaMOCA (3 p.m., all ages, $10)