There’s simply no better way to celebrate America than with a special edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade! Tune in to XPN tonight at 10pm as we head back into the studio and revisit favorite selections from our assortment of Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Sessions! We’ll hear exclusive performances from newcomers like Cub Sport and Dresses, as well as established folks like Woods and Eternal Summers!
It should be mentioned that all of our IRHP Sessions are available for download. Right HERE, in fact!
For your ongoing enjoyment, here’s a Spotify playlist of last week’s ‘Compact’ show, featuring Strand Of Oaks, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Ought!
See you tonight at 10pm for a very special Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN!
Austrailian indie-pop outfit Cub Sport will play this month’s Communion Club Night at Underground Arts for their very first show in Philadelphia. This tour is the first US/Canada run for the band who self-released their Paradise EP last year. Their sound is super energetic and poppy at times (see “Paradise”) and more mellow and subdued at others (see “Shuffle”) but it’s all done in a dewy dream pop context that’s pretty hard to resist at both ends of the spectrum. Watch “Paradise” below and get tickets here.
The lineup for May’s Communion Club Night show at Underground Arts was just announced, and it’s a sweet one. Making the trek from Australia for their Philadelphia debut (unless you count the sorta-debut when they played on the Indie Rock Hit Parade during CMJ last October) is Brisbane indie pop five-piece Cub Sport. They released a delightful EP called Paradise back in the fall that, like Vampire Weekend, blends electropop beats with world music arrangements and infectious hooks.
Also on the lineup is this month’s XPN-curated Communion artist Heyward Howkins. His second LP, Be Frank Furness, was released in December via BITBY Records, and it saw his lyrical wit and knack for melody in top form. We featured it in an Unlocked spotlight at the time – read the interview here.
The show also features a set of lush arrangements from Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra, alt-rock drama from LA rockers Bootstraps and much more. Get more information on the show at its Facebook event page, and check out music from some of the artists below.
Year-End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2013 awesome. In this installment, our contributing concert reviewer Maureen Walsh runs down some lesser-heard jams.
These are 5 songs I have been listening to this year that are missing from many a year end list:
1. “Glitterbombed” by Charlotte Church – Yes, that Charlotte Church. The “voice of an angel” that stole our hearts on many a PBS special has returned with a set of EPs that feature epic soundscapes and Church’s amazing voice. Think Explosions in the Sky meets Sinead O’Connor. This year Church also had the honor of delivering the 2013 John Peel Lecture taking on the theme of Women’s Place in Music.
Tonight, perhaps more than ever before, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is all about new music. So many incredible new songs have surfaced in these waning months of 2013, it might make you reexamine your ‘songs of the year’ list. Here are a few tracks you’re sure to hear in the mix tonight:
Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, poppy indie charmers Cub Sport made their first visit to the United States this October on the heels of their fantastic Paradise EP. The five-piece band – Tim Nelson on vocals and piano, Zoe Davis on vocals and bass, Sam Netterfield on vocals and keys, Daniel Puusaari on Drums and Andrew Williams on guitar – debuted in 2012 with the infectious Told You So and its lively mix of catchy melodies, witty lyrical stories and studied songwriting. The new material takes a decidedly island-pop approach (hence the name) and the band showcased it in a barnstorming run of dates at CMJ. But they also found the time to take a trip south to Philadelphia for a comically large pizza (shoutouts, Allegro delivery) and an in-studio performance for the Indie Rock Hit Parade, marking our very first Live Session for the show. Stream it and download it below – it features the title tracks from both Paradise and Told You So; the song “Pool” from Paradise; and a new one called “Love Crimes.” And stay tuned for more in the coming months, since the Cub Sport crew told us they’d be back for a fuller run of U.S. tour dates in 2014.
Tonight, we’ve got perhaps the most exciting, action-packed edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade in history! Tune in tonight starting at 10 p.m. (after the November edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P) for a full two-hour show that will include these special features and more:
Our very first Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session with Aussie popsters Cub Sport!
Selections from Arcade Fire’s fantastic new album, Reflektor!
An Indie Rock salute to the late great Lou Reed, featuring Luna, Jonathan Richman and a rare pre-Velvet Underground recording from Lou himself!
And if that wasn’t enough, here are a few new songs you might just hear in the mix:
As things go every final Friday of the month, the Indie Rock Hit Parade gets boiled down to a condensed, hour-long ‘compact’ edition. Immediately following Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake, the Indie Rock Hit Parade kicks off at 11 tonight. Tune in for new sounds from new wave icons like Gary Numan and Prefab Sprout, plus new projects of familiar friends like Neil Halstead and Dean Wareham. And yes, there will be some Arcade Fire.
Here are a few things you might hear in the mix tonight: