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.
Last week, Courtney Barnett took the South By Southwest festival by storm, playing a whirlwind eight shows in three days. Lest anybody miss the reason why, it was because she had a record immediately on the way, and she wanted to stamp those songs in the consciousness of the music industry folks making the rounds in Austin.
Luckily, we didn’t need a ton of convincing. Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit is out today on Mom and Pop Music, and it sounds tremendous. It’s technically her debut LP; even though many look at 2013’s The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas as a full-length in its own right – and it certainly had the impact of one – that album combined two previously-released EPs, I’ve got a friend called Emily Ferris (2012) and How to Carve a Carrot Into a Rose (2013). It also has a breezier, homespun vibe, even on the rock-out moments like “Lance Jr.” and “History Eraser.”
By comparison, Sometimes I Sit is a freaking arrival, a big rock record with catchy hooks and fierce playing from Barnett and her bandmates – Dan Luscombeon guitar, Bones Sloane on bass, and Dave Mudie on drums.
Earlier this winter, I caught up with Barnett by phone while she was still back in Millbourne. She had just finished a run of dates at the multi-city Laneway Festival in New Zealand and Australia, and we talked about touring, writing, the new album and art. Continue reading →
Thousands of bands convened in Austin, Texas last week for SXSW. Of the 20 or so bands I set out to see during my three days at the conference, I managed to see about half of them. While many attendees go with a list of bands they most want to see; there’s an aimless serendipity that happens at SXSW, when you’re heading down the street to see one band, it’s often that you wind up at a completely different venue seeing another. One is redirected by texts from friends on their way to see a hotly buzzed band, or a quick swing into a coffee shop will lead you to running into folks who tell you about a not-to-be-missed acoustic performance at a hotel ballroom, or a potential surprise guest appearance by a superstar (like Miley Cyrus at the Fader Fort), that you’ll wait an hour in line for at a venue to see. My hit list this year was driven not by serendipity (save for the disastrous, yet awesome Miley appearance), and more by focus to see the handful of bands that I wanted to see in my limited time at SXSW. Here were my favorites: Continue reading →
The seven-song set played to a packed Convention Center ballroom was split between Barnett’s acclaimed Sea of Split Peas double EP (which came out in 2013), and the forthcoming Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit (out Tuesday on Mom + Pop). Standouts were “Avant Gardener,” “History Eraser,” “Pedestrian at Best” and “Dead Foxes,” which you can watch a video of below. Continue reading →
We’ve parked ourselves at the Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center, the site of the fourth annual Public Radio Rocks SXSW showcase, curated in collaboration with WFUV in New York, KUTX in Austin, KXT in Dallas, The Current in Minneapolis and WXPN in Philly. On the bill for today are Twin Shadow, Ryan Bingham, Best Coast, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Gang of Four and Courtney Barnett.
The show is streaming live until 7 p.m. EST, and you can listen to the performances here. Over the next several days, we’ll bring you video and full-set audio recaps of each artist’s set. For now, peruse the gallery below for an overview of the show; keep checking back, since we’ll be updating it as the day goes on. Continue reading →
As the annual SXSW music festival approaches, WXPN has once again teamed up with KUTX in Austin, KXT in Dallas, The Current in Minneapolis and WFUV in New York to present the Public Radio Rocks showcase at the Austin Convention Center. Continue reading →