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Deck the halls with the Indie Rock Hit Parade’s last show of 2013!

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Tonight we close out a phenomenally fun year of the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Before we break for a brief hibernation, we’ve got a zinger of a show to share tonight at 10pm. We’ll hear an Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session with the Philly/NYC band Swearin’, who just released an awesome new album called Surfing Strange. Plus, we’ll hear a smattering of original and classic indie holiday tunes!

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Recap: Deerhunter worked through rough times for a recharged set at Union Transfer

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After twelve songs entranced the Union Transfer crowd into 1 a.m. on Saturday morning, Deerhunter’s leader, the charismatic and sometimes confrontational Bradford Cox, put the show on pause. With the sorrow relating to the death of a close friend on Friday weighing heavily on his mind, Cox went on a lengthy diatribe putting down, among other things, a “bored 12 year old” in the front row who was wearing a Feelies shirt, one of his guitarists for looking like Henry Thomas in E.T., and the show itself for being a “2.5 out of a 5.” Musical accompaniment for this ten minute “interlude” included interpretations of “Operation,” “Happy Birthday,” and the national anthem. This could have easily derailed any performance and alienated the crowd. But the extreme majority of a packed Philly crowd stayed put, recharging Cox and company to bring their self-proclaimed “nihilistic” music to a proper conclusion. Drenched in moody lighting for much of the night, Deerhunter spotlighted their 2013 work Monomania, with the standout performance being of “T.H.M.” There was enough doubt of an encore that a crowd member even jumped on the stage and requested one more song before being ushered offstage. Deerhunter did not disappoint, launching into one of their best tracks, “Helicopter.” As suggested by the faux obi strip packed with Monomania, Deerhunter lived up to the file under suggestion of “nocturnal garage,” leaving the late night crowd with a satisfying, if uneven rock experience.

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Watch Crystal Stilts’ new video for “Star Crawl” (playing Union Transfer on 9/20)

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After announcing details of their new album Nature Noir a couple of months ago, Brooklyn post-punk band Crystal Stilts have shared the video for the record’s single “Star Crawl.”  It’s a slow moving dream-scape of color drenched nature scenes that seem stylistically opposite from the downcast mood of the song itself, though a pair of black-tinted clips throw in a dark dose of yin to balance all of the yang.  Nature Noir, the follow-up to 2011’s Radiant Door EP and In Love With Oblivion LP, will be released through Sacred Bones on September 17th.  They’ll be in town supporting Deerhunter at Union Transfer on September 20; tickets and information can be found here.  Watch the video for “Star Crawl” below.

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Listen to a new Crystal Stilts song, “Future Folklore” (playing Union Transfer 9/20)

crystalstilts Post-punk band Crystal Stilts have shared a new song from their forthcoming album Nature Noir, which is set to be released on September 17 on Sacred Bones Records. “Future Folklore” is a psychedelic tune with Brad Hargett’s spooky, yet dreamy vocals. Noisy and lush, the song captures a Velvet Underground “I’m Waiting For The Man” rollicking garage rock vibe. The Brooklyn-based band will be playing in Philly on September 20, opening for Deerhunter at Union Transfer. Tickets and more information can be found here.