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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Dent May

Dent May | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

Joining us in the studio for our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is a musician that I’ve been a fan of since his humble beginning with a ‘magnificent ukulele.’ Dent May is originally from Mississippi, but recently relocated to Los Angeles. This fish-out-of-water story serves as partial inspiration for Dent’s new album, Across The Multiverse, which was released this summer on Carpark Records. Featuring a blend of effervescent electro-pop and Brill Building-informed songwriting, the album shows off Dent’s nearly obsessive approach to music making. With a full touring band in tow, Dent joins us in the studio to play some of the new songs.

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Dreams of Pavement: New Broken Social Scene, Japanese Breakfast and spotlight on CAN on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Broken Social Scene | Photo courtesy of the artist

On tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade, you’re going to hear some new things. That might not come as much of a surprise, but bear with me. The show starts at 11pm ET on XPN and will feature a whole bunch of newly released tracks, as you might expect. We’ll hear the latest from Broken Social Scene, Dent May, Saint Etienne and more. Then things get wild in the second hour.
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Wear Black: The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns with new Mountain Goats, Land of Talk and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart!

the Mountain Goats | Photo by Jeremy Lange, courtesy of the artist

After a NonComm-induced break (which, don’t get me wrong, was a ton o’ fun), the Indie Rock Hit Parade is BACK for you tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Listen right after the May edition of Land of the Lost with Robert Drake for a full two-hour show that will definitely feature me breaking a sweat trying to catch you all up on the new music that has come out since we last hung out. Two Album Spotlights will guide the way in the midnight hour: First, we’ll dig into the much-anticipated new release from Canadian singer Elizabeth Powell aka Land of Talk. Then, don your best hardcore shirt as we listen to selections from the newest Mountain Goats album. Add in a bunch of new singles and you’ve got a show that is a real jump-start to your long weekend. Check out some of the new tracks below…

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Get jolly with tonight’s very special Indie Rock HOLIDAY Parade!

Dent May | Photo courtesy of the artist
Dent May | Photo courtesy of the artist

Break out your favorite kind of nog for a very special edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade! Tonight at 11pm (remember, that’s our new regular time!), the show becomes the Indie Rock HOLIDAY Parade: a full two-hour showcase of new and classic holiday sounds from some of your favorite indie artists. We’ll hear a few selections that are brand new for this year’s holiday season, and a very special guest will drop by to pick a retro favorite!

Here are a few of the things that might deck your halls tonight:
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kalob Griffin Band at Johnny Brenda’s, Dent May at MilkBoy, The Weeknd at Susquehanna Bank Center, and more

znNa1lSPhiladelphia based Kalob Griffin Band will be bringing their Americana rock n’ roll to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. This band is known for their energetic live shows that are fueled by their love for music and performing. With an enthralling style that utilizes banjo and piano, this band is definitely one to check out. You can listen to their latest album here, download an exclusive new song by clicking here, and expect more new music from them this fall. Tickets for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.

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Have some fun with Dent May in his video for “Born Too Late” (playing MilkBoy on 10/4)

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Oddball pop musician Dent May released his third LP Warm Blanket in August, following up 2012’s Do Things.  A staple of Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label, May’s cheeky, anti-pop tracks call to mind Ariel Pink trying his hand at roller-boogie soul (and succeeding in an infectious way).  In the video for “Born Too Late” off of Warm Blanket, May goes solo on a series of would-be romantic dates.  He spends a night at a county fair in his home state of Mississippi, goes on a high-speed boat ride complete with waterskiing, lounges under a waterfall and takes in an explosive display of fireworks.  May brings his tour to MilkBoy on October 4th; tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Watch the video below.

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Just Announced: Dent May and Dead Gaze playing MilkBoy on 10/4

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Mississippi’s Dent May has announced a tour that includes a date at MilkBoy Philly on October 4th.  The Paw Tracks artist was signed to the Animal Collective-founded label for his debut LP Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele ahead of being selected by the band to play 2011’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Minehead, UK.  Next month the experimental musician will release Warm Blanketan album recored in the eclectic setting of a haunted Victorian mansion in St. Augustine, Florida.  With influences reminiscent of the Beach Boys jamming with James Brown, Warm Blanket is a funky blend of sunny highs and jazzy lows.  Tickets for the 21+ show with Dead Gaze go on sale Friday, July 26th.  More information will be available here.  Stream “Born Too Late” from Warm Blanket below.