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Working Stiffs: White Denim, Kristin Kontrol and Night Moves on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

White Denim| Photo by Drew Anthony Smith, courtesy of Downtown Records
White Denim| Photo by Drew Anthony Smith, courtesy of Downtown Records

The Indie Rock Hit Parade will be delivered directly to you tonight at 11pm ET, right after Land of the Lost on WXPN. Let it be known that on tonight’s show, we’ll have a spotlight on the ferocious new album from the Texas band White Denim. Furthermore, we will dig into new tracks from Kristin Kontrol (a.k.a. Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls), Big Thief, Night Moves and so much more. Skip the rest of the formalities and check out a few of the tracks that’ll be in the mix below:

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More Maraqopa: Damien Jurado, Bent Shapes & Black Mountain on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Damien Jurado | Photo by Elise Tyler, courtesy of the artist
Damien Jurado | Photo by Elise Tyler, courtesy of the artist

You better believe that the Indie Rock Hit Parade will be coming your way tonight on WXPN. Tune in at 11pm ET for a full two-hour show that’s sure to be jam-packed with the good stuff (I picked the playlist, so I can vouch for it). In our Weekly Album Spotlight, we’ll hear a few tracks from Visions Of Us On The Land, the latest album from spaced-out Seattle singer-songwriter Damien Jurado. It’a another trip to the mystical land of Maraqopa, produced by Richard Swift. Also in the mix are new tracks from La Sera, Quilt, Black Mountain and more! Check out a few of the new things below…

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Keep up with new music from Milagres, Hospitality and Damien Jurado on tonight’s ‘Compact’ Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Photo by Shervin Lainez
Photo by Shervin Lainez

It’s the final Friday of the month, and that means some special nighttime programming on XPN! Stay tuned after Robert Drake’s Land Of The Lost for a ‘Compact’ edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade at 11pm! We’ll hear a few LOTL icons who are still going strong with new music (and new projects), and our weekly Album Spotlight will dig into Trouble, the new record from Hospitality! Here are a few things you should expect to hear in the mix tonight:

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Damien Jurado conjures tales from Maraqopa for a sold-out Boot and Saddle crowd

photo by Eric Schuman
photo by Eric Schuman

The frigid, slushy aftermath of a mid-afternoon snow shower is something that Damien Jurado is probably used to by now. The Seattle singer-songwriter is, in many ways, an archetype of the ‘musician’s musician.’ Beloved by fellow artists and producers, Jurado has crafted his own world inside his songs; many of the stories and characters occupying the fictitious place called Maraqopa. His devoted cadre of fans packed the intimate confines of the Boot and Saddle for a sold-out performance that was just as mystifying as Jurado’s charmingly esoteric lyrics.

Referring to his solo/acoustic setup as the “book tour” version of his act, Jurado showcased songs from his newly released eleventh album, Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Sun. In not trying to duplicate producer Richard Swift’s spacey arrangements, Jurado’s minimalist renditions gave the new songs like “Silver Timothy” and “Jericho Road” added weight and emotionality.

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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Silver Timothy” by Damien Jurado (playing Boot & Saddle 1/25)

Photo by Steve Gullick
Photo by Steve Gullick

Seattle based singer-songwriter Damien Jurado has a new album, Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son coming out January 21st on Secretly Canadian. Since 1997, Jurado has released several dozen albums, singles and EP’s. Throughout his career he has held the torch and set the bar high for the genre of the indie-songwriter and is held in high esteem along with musicians who work the same landscape like Connor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Cat Power, Bill Callahan, Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), and the late Elliot Smith. His new album highlights his ability to write emotionally intense songs. Writing about Brothers and Sisters for NPR Music, Stephen Thompson says:

Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son is intended as a sequel to 2012’s Maraqopa — both were produced by the terrific Richard Swift, who’s made fine records of his own — but it’s far from a rehash of old ideas. Both records reflect on ideas of alienation, disappearance and the pursuit of self, yet Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son takes them further, while enshrouding Jurado’s voice in arrangements that alternately sparkle and search.

Jurado plays Boot & Saddle on Saturday, January 25th. Stream and watch the video for “Silver Timothy” below. You can also stream Damien’s new album in its entirety here.

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Stream Damien Jurado’s new Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son LP via NPR Music

Damien Jurado | photo by Steve Gullick
Damien Jurado | photo by Steve Gullick

When Damien Jurado stops by Boot & Saddle on January 25th, he’ll be playing in support of his upcoming Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son LP.  The Seattle singer / songwriter is following up his 2012 effort Maraqopa with the new record and NPR Music’s First Listen is streaming it now, a couple of weeks ahead of its official release.  From NPR’s Stephen Thompson:

Jurado isn’t one to provide a linear path to easy answers, but he does let Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son coast to a landing on the strength of a few surprisingly light and lovely songs. In contrast to the billowy and mysterious arrangements that preceded them (both here and on Jurado’s most recent records), “Silver Katherine,” Silver Joy” and “Suns in Our Mind” close down the proceedings with moments of straightforwardly quiet grace. “Suns in Our Mind” even injects a bit of humor, complete with playful snoring noises — yet another unexpected wrinkle from an artist who never stops surprising.

Stream Damien Jurado’s record here.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Courtney Marie Andrews can be found here.

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Climb mountains with Damien Jurado in new “Silver Timothy” video (playing Boot and Saddle 1/25)

Damien Jurado |  courtesy of the artist
Damien Jurado | courtesy of the artist

Singer/songwriter Damien Jurado treks through a beautiful, mountainous region in his new video for “Silver Timothy”. The scenery compliments the folk ditty well and is quite pleasing to the eye. The Seattle native’s 12th studio album Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son is due January 21st on Secretly Canadian. His winter tour will land in Philadelphia on January 25th at Boot and Saddle. Get tickets here.

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Weekend Picks: Vintage Kicks at Milkboy Philly, Damien Jurado at Johnny Brenda’s

Vintage Kicks performs at Milkboy Philly on Saturday, May 19th

FRIDAY, MAY 18th
Cock Sparrer + Cro-Mags, Wisdom In Chains, Night Birds at Union Transfer (8 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Dex Romweber Duo + Dixy Blood, The Broken Prayers at Milkboy Philly (9:30 p.m., 21+, $10-$12); Leann Rimes at Keswick Theatre (8 p.m., all ages, $39-$69); Meshuggah + Baroness, Decapitated at Theatre Of Living Arts (7 p.m., all ages, $29.50); Making Time with Kindess at Voyeur (9 p.m., 21+, $10 in advance, $12 at the door).

SATURDAY, MAY 19th
The local pop-punk quintet Vintage Kicks recently released the new video for its latest single, “Even Out” (the first release since the band’s debut album, King Geek, came out last September). You can watch the video below.

Vintage Kicks performs with Close To Good and Man The Fire at 9:30 p.m. at Milkboy Philly; tickets to the 21+ show are $8-$10.

Also Playing: Hall and Oates (98.1 WOGL 25th Anniversary Show) at Tower Theatre (7 p.m., all ages, $38.98-$99.98); Lady Antebellum + Darius Rucker, Thompson Square at Susquehanna Bank Center (7 p.m., all ages, $18.75-$59.75); The Adicts + World Inferno Friendship Society, The Adults at Union Transfer (8:30 p.m., all ages, $17-$20)

SUNDAY, MAY 20th

Damien Jurado performs with JBM and Marc Wolfson Pinansky at 8:30 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.

Also Playing: Bobby Conn + Starring, Time Ghost at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $10); Christine Havrilla And Gypsy Fuzz + Tracy Grammer, Bri Arden at World Cafe Live (7 p.m., all ages, $14)