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Hear Woods play live, discover new tUnE-yArDs, Parquet Courts and Tycho on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!


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So here’s the deal. The Indie Rock Hit Parade is taking next Friday off to make room for the incredible live performances of the 14th annual NonCOMMvention (which you should totally listen to). So join us tonight for an explosive two-hour show starting at 10pm on XPN. We’ve got a brand new session to premiere featuring the Brooklyn psych-folk collective Woods, and a new album from tUnE-yArDs to dig into. Also lots of fresh tracks from across the musical spectrum, including (but not at all limited to) the following:


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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Daniel Rossen


Daniel Rossen | Photo by Eric Schuman

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade session is perhaps our most intimate and intense yet. A founding member of two celebrated NYC bands, Grizzly Bear and Department Of Eagles, Daniel Rossen is nothing short of a mainstay. The soft-spoken Rossen commands his contributions with an understated charisma. Having stepped out on his own with the 2012 EP Silent Hour/Golden Mile, Rossen continues to showcase the material he’s written outside of his main projects.

The session begins with a song from that EP, “Silent Song,” in which Rossen’s chiming 12-string guitar creates a torrent of notes to underscore his pleading vocals. As for the other two songs he performed for us, they remain unreleased. “Not Coming Back” and “Made To Rise” were written several years ago, around the time Rossen was moving between the city and the countryside. The feeling of boundless uncertainty carries through each song; Rossen has always had a knack for capturing fragility and caution in his lyrics. Rossen joked that, in 50 or so years, he’ll release a collection of these demos. Until then, enjoy Daniel’s live renditions of these undiscovered gems.

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Hear Daniel Rossen play live, discover new Wye Oak, Parquet Courts and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!


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The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to its full two-hour glory tonight at 10pm on WXPN! Listen as we share an intimate new session with Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear/Department Of Eagles), a spotlight on Wye Oak‘s bold new album and fresh tracks from across the musical landscape.

Here are a few things you’ll hear in the mix tonight:


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Daniel Rossen mixes new and old in rare solo show at Underground Arts

Daniel Rossen | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Daniel Rossen | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Rossen played a solo, seated show at Underground Arts on Monday. Best known for his work with Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles, this is his first ever solo tour. Rossen released his debut EP Silent Hour/Golden Mile in 2012. Rossen’s intimate performance included a mix of songs off his EP and older, unreleased songs. Jokingly referring to the venue’s set up feeling a bit like an open mic night, Rossen played a cover of Judee Sill’s “Waterfall” requested by someone in the audience. Rossen closed the show playing banjo to his song “Balmy Night,” leaving the stage to a long and loud round of applause and cheering.

Nashville-based guitarist William Tyler opened the show playing a collection of songs off his 2013 LP Impossible Truth. Playing a set of emotionally charged instrumental music, Tyler entranced the crowd with his multi-layered guitar arrangements. Check out a photo recap of the show below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Daniel Rossen at Underground Arts, S. Carey at Boot and Saddle, I Break Horses at Johnny Brenda’s

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He may be best known as one-fourth of Grizzly Bear, but tonight Daniel Rossen will bask in the solo spotlight at Underground Arts. Rossen released his first solo EP Silent Hour/Golden Mile in 2012, which showcased his attention to mood, atmosphere and honest lyricism. Listen to “Silent Song” below and get tickets here.

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Download “Return to Form” by Daniel Rossen (playing Underground Arts on 4/14)

 

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Though most of his time is spent playing guitar in Grizzly Bear, Daniel Rossen released an EP called Silent Hour / Golden Mile last year and has announced his first solo headlining tour for 2014.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show at Underground Arts on April 14th can be found here.  You can also catch him on the Union Transfer stage with members of Beach House, Fleet Foxes, The Walkmen and more for a tribute to Gene Clark on January 22nd.  Stream and download “Return to Form” from the EP below and watch Rossen play “Saint Nothing” live for Pitchfork TV.

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Just Announced: Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear plays solo at Underground Arts on 4/14

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L.A. singer/songwriter Daniel Rossen will perform a solo, seated and intimate show at Underground Arts on April 14th. Best known for his work with Grizzley Bear and Department of Eagles, Rossen released his solo debut EP Silent Hour/Golden Mile in March of 2012. Find tickets for the Spring show here. Prep for the show by revisiting his World Cafe session below.

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Preview: This month’s Shaking Through with Family Band (curated by Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen)

Family Band is the Catskills-based duo of Kim Krans and Jonny Ollsin. The two recently recorded a session for Shaking Through, WXPN and Weathervane Music’s online video and audio initiative for emerging bands. The session was curated and produced by Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear.

The full episode will be released on Tuesday, September 20th. Below, watch a preview of that session for the song “Again.”

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The debut of the Strand Of Oaks band performing with Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear, Family Band and Phosphorescent in a cabin in the Catskills


On a breezy hilltop in the Catskill Mountains this weekend, one of The Key’s favorite Philly artists unveiled the next step in its ongoing evolution. Strand of Oaks is no longer solely Timothy Showalter. It’s now a three-piece, rounded out by Joe Lazas on guitar and Deven Craige on bass. Both were recruited from recently-retired electropop / psych outfit Golden Ages, and they brought a loose, lush sensibility to the Oaks live show, occasionally adding ambiance that formerly came from one of Showalter’s samplers, more often doubling up what the man at center stage was doing, crafting a resonant envelope of sound around the impromptu amphitheater in the New York state forest. Their performance opened with a chilling cover of Moby’s “When It’s Cold, I’d Like To Die” and concluded with “Dark Shores,” a new number with an intense synthesizer pulse reminiscent of Kate Bush. One song is hardly enough to predict Strand Of Oaks’ next body of songs by, but we expect to see Showalter and his new companions traveling further down this eclectic electronic path.

Strand Of Oaks

You’re probably wondering: What was Strand of Oaks doing in some woodsy corner of the Catskills anyway? Good question – and an equally interesting answer. The band was one performer in a tremendous mini-festival thrown by Showalter’s friends in new folk duo Family Band at their cabin in Delhi, New York. Also in the mix was a solo performance from Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles, doing a half dozen new songs and a Townes Van Zant cover. The hosts’ set included a collaboration with Simone Schmidt of Toronto’s One Hundred Dollars on her band’s song “Juice and Sage,” as well as a singalong with Showalter, Ben Bromley of NewVillager and Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck. Closing out the main show was a breathtaking performance by Houck, but the party continued with an epic bonfire and some deep forest performance art late into the night. Check out more photos below.

Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear, Department of Eagles
Timothy Showalter (Strand of Oaks)
Phosphorescent

Words and photos by John Vettese

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