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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Cults

Cults | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

Joining us in the studio for this Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is the New York-based band Cults. Formed in 2010 by singer Madeline Follin and keyboardist/producer Brian Oblivion, Cults are no strangers to our building; they’ve visited for assorted sessions and Free at Noon concerts over the years. This time around, they bring material from their newly released third album, Offering. Recorded after the band took an extended break, the record explores influences that weren’t so apparent on the group’s earlier recordings. Heavy electronic rhythms and spacey textures are coupled with the core duo’s signature pop songwriting to create a sound that’s both fresh and familiar. Follin and Oblivion are joined by longtime touring members in this session: guitarist Gabriel Rodriguez, drummer Cory Stier and bassist Max Kamins.

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Cults blend vintage sounds and modern synths in new “I Took Your Picture”

Cults | photo by Shawn Brackbill | via cults.bandcamp.com

Last month, atmospheric duo Cults sprung back into music consciousness by sharing news of an upcoming album titled Offering, along with the title track from the upcoming release. Now, the two have unveiled another single — titled “I Took Your Picture” — before the October 6th album date. Continue reading →

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Need to Feel Your Soft Sounds in the Storm: New Sheer Mag, Japanese Breakfast and Waxahatchee on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Sheer Mag
Sheer Mag | photo by Marie Lin | courtesy of the artist

A jam-packed Indie Rock Hit Parade is coming your way tonight, and there’s no way to stop it! Listen at 11pm ET on XPN (that’s right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese, ya know?) for a full two-hour show that features not one, not two, but THREE spotlights on new releases from three very different bands out of Philly. We’ll hear from Sheer Mag‘s incendiary debut, Need To Feel Your Love, the dreamy sophomore album from Japanese Breakfast, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, and (of course) the latest from Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee, Out In The Storm. Also in the mix, you’ll hear new tracks from Speedy Ortiz, Cults and Parquet Courts singer A. Savage! Preview some of those below…

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Just Announced: Cults announce new album, Johnny Brenda’s show, share single, “Offering”

 

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Melodic indie synth-duo, Cults, have been a away for a while. To make up for it, they’ve just hit us with all of the good news. Like all of it. For a triple whammy of blessings, the Cults announced 1) a shiny new album titled Offering, 2) a fall show at Johnny Brenda’s, and 3) shared the title track single, “Offering.”

The new single is heavy on the shimmery, synth vibes — piled with layers upon layers of background 8-bit fuzz, with Madaline Folin’s pure, ethereal vocals slicing through the static psych atmosphere. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cults at The TLA, Communion Club Night featuring Rosco Bandana at Underground Arts, Myrrias at Ortliebs and more

Olivia Malone/Courtesy of the artist
Olivia Malone/Courtesy of the artist

Indie-pop duo Cults will take to the TLA stage tonight. The New York natives released their sophomore album Static in October on Columbia Records and it has impressed fans and critics. Bullet Magazine recently included “So Far” from the new record on their “Indisputable, Definitive Best 53 Songs of 2013” list. Get tickets to the show here and watch them perform “Always Forever” from their WFUV Session below.

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Watch a new music video for “High Road” by Cults (playing The TLA on 10/23)

Cults

Last week Cults released a music video for their newest single “High Road,” which you can watch below. After releasing their first album in 2011, this indie pop band has continued to gain popularity in anticipation of their new album Static, which is due out October 15th. With sweetly sung vocal melodies and simple bass lines, such as on “High Road,” Cults is one of the best new bands in indie pop. Check out the first single off Static, “I Can Hardly Make You Mine,” here; listen to the album in its entirety here via NPR Music’s First Listen series. Cults will be performing at The Theatre of Living Arts on October 23rd, you can buy tickets here.

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Listen to the new Cults album, Static (playing TLA 10/23)

Olivia Malone/Courtesy of the artist
Olivia Malone/Courtesy of the artist
It’s been since June, 2011, when Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion of Cults released their debut album. The band has a new record, Static, being released on Tuesday, October 15th. Stephen Thompson, of NPR Music writes: “Like Cults’ self-titled 2011 debut, the duo’s new album keeps its sound rooted in a kind of plaintive shimmer — Follin remains approachable even as her words tap into the mystery and desolation wired into many of the arrangements.”

You can listen to the new Cults album in its entirety here. You can sample a new song, “High Road,” below.

The band performs at the TLA on Wednesday, October 23rd. Go here for tickets and more information.

Purchase Static here.

Listen to the new Cults album, Static, in its entirety here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Guards at Kung Fu Necktie, Elephant Stone at The Fire, Simian Mobile Disco at Making Time, The Coup and Lushlife at Underground Arts

XPN Welcomes emerging indie three-piece Guards to Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The New York project is spearheaded by Richie James Follin, frontman for Willowz and a former live guitarist for Cults (which his sister Madeline sings for). The group’s doom-meets-power pop vibe makes their seven-track EP an unexpected dance party staple, which you can pick for free below. Tickets to tonight’s 21+ show are available on our concert calendar here; the performance starts at 7:30.

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