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Cloud Nothings lead a four-band bill of gritty indie rock at Chameleon Club

Cloud Nothings | photo by Lauren Rosier for WXPN

Cleveland indie rock band Cloud Nothings played a killer, high-energy set to close out a four-band bill at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club on Sunday night. Blending the grittiness and raw power of garage rock with the high energy of pop punk, the band went in heavy and unrelenting; throughout the set, lead vocalist and guitarist Dylan Baldi was one of the hardest playing guitarists I’ve seen live.

The quartet performed songs from their latest release, Life Without Sound, as well as tracks from older releases including “I’m Not Part of Me” from Here And Nowhere Else. They had great energy in their musicianship, but the stage presence could’ve been a little more enthusiastic. The crowd nonetheless showed their enthusiasm for Cloud Nothings’ music through singing along and much head bopping. I wasn’t so keen on the muddy layering of instruments and vocals; I’ve seen countless bands in my life and it’s always bothered me when the instruments and vocals aren’t balanced. On the other hand, I’m wondering if it’s part of the band’s live sound. Continue reading →

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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!

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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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