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Cannonball: New DIIV, Parquet Courts & Twin Peaks on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

DIIV | Photo by Chiaro Tiso (Courtesy of Captured Tracks)
DIIV | Photo by Chiaro Tiso (Courtesy of Captured Tracks)

The Indie Rock Hit Parade comes at you TONIGHT at 11pm ET on 88.5 WXPN! Get your swimmies on because we’ll be spotlighting the dreamy new album from NYC’s DIIV, called Is The Is Are. It’s a masterful experiment in modern showgaze. We’ve also got new tracks from Parquet Courts, Chicago’s Twin Peaks and Winnipeg’s Living Hour in the big mix. Preview some of those down below…

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A pile of new music from Wild Nothing, Animal Collective and DIIV on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Wild Nothing | Photo by Shawn Brackbill
Wild Nothing | Photo by Shawn Brackbill

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is ready to kick off the new year in style, tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! By ‘in style,” I mean to say that there is a mountain of brand new tracks to play for you tonight, so you should definitely tune in if you’re a fan of Wild Nothing, Deep Sea Diver or Prince Rama. In fact, there might be too much new music to play tonight. We’ll preview these new releases and a whole lot more:

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Celebrate the 100th Indie Rock Hit Parade with Nick Diamonds (LIVE) plus new music and cherished memories!

Nick Diamonds | Photo by Juliette Cassidy
Nick Diamonds | Photo by Juliette Cassidy

You read that right! Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is the show’s 100th full episode! Sure, there have been some diversions and excursions along the way, but a celebration is a celebration, right? Right. So, in honor of this milestone, we’re going to spend tonight’s full, two hour show doing what we do best. Tune in at 11pm ET for a brand new live session with one of our favorite people, Nick Diamonds! You might know Nick as the brains behind bands like Islands and The Unicorns, and you won’t want to miss an incredibly fun performance of songs from his new solo album, City Of Quartz. Speaking of IRHP Sessions, we’ll hear a few favorite tracks recorded live for us over the past few years. Plus we’ll turn the clock all the way back to Episode 1 and hear the first set of music ever played on the show! And since it wouldn’t be an Indie Rock Hit Parade without a ton of new music, be on the lookout for a few of these new tracks in the mix:

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Aye-Aye at Philadelphia Record Exchange 30th Anniversary, Rosemary FiKi at Clark Park Festival, DIIV at The TLA and more

Aye-Aye at Philadelphia Record Exchange | photo by Dan Cohoon | bardo-pond-photography.blogspot.com

The Philadelphia Record Exchange has been a Mecca for music obsessives for the past 30 years, and today it’s celebrating its anniversary with a block party mega concert on Frankford Ave in Fishtown featuring Strapping Fieldhands, Purling Hiss, Bardo Pond side project Aye-Aye (who you are playing PRX above) and many more. Get the full schedule via Facebook here. Continue reading →

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Fancy seeing you here: Ought, Crushed Beaks and U.S. Girls on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Ought | Photo by Hera Chan
Ought | Photo by Hera Chan

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is ready to spend the night with you. Starting at 11pm ET on WXPN, it’s a full two-hour showcase of fresh new tracks and moldy old favorites. On tonight’s show, we’ll dig into the new album from one of our favorite up-and-coming bands, Ought. Sun Coming Down is the wiry Montreal-based quartet’s second album, and we’ll hear a few songs from it on this week’s Album Spotlight. Also be on the lookout for a few of these tunes in the mix:

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DIIV’s new single “Dopamine” gives hint of what to expect this weekend at TLA

DIIV at Levitation Fest | Photo by NIkki Volpicelli
DIIV at Levitation Fest | Photo by NIkki Volpicelli

Brooklyn indie-rockers DIIV will be bringing their hazy dream pop to the TLA this weekend in support of the recently reunited British rock band Ride. DIIV began as a solo project of Soft Black’s Zachary Cole Smith but has now materialized into a force all their own in the indie-rock scene.

The band is set to release their second studio album entitled Is the Is Are this October and today released the album’s first single, “Dopamine”. The song features the kind of rolling, breezy instrumentation that has come to categorize DIIV as well as peers like Real Estate and The Drums. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slingshot Dakota at First Unitarian Church, The Burgeoning at The Fire, DIIV at Boot & Saddle and more

Photo by Kate McCann | KateMcCannPhotography.com
Photo by Kate McCann | KateMcCannPhotography.com

Slingshot Dakota’s newest album, Dark Hearts, is about exactly what fans would expect based off the record’s name. Though the lyrics are heavy, the two-piece band makes sure the sound is not. Slingshot Dakota, made up of Carly Commando and Tom Patterson, dance up the lyrics of loss and moving forward with twinkly percussion and playful keyboard chords. Hang out with the Bethlehem, Pa. natives along with Iron Chic, Timeshares, Martin and Crybaby tonight at First Unitarian Church. The show starts at 6 p.m. and the $10 tickets can be purchased here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Japandroids at Union Transfer, Maxi Priest at The Keswick Theatre, The Best of Joey Sweeney at Johnny Brenda’s, Work Drugs with Shark Tape at Ortlieb’s, XPN Welcomes Ra Ra Riot at The Chameleon Club

Vancouver, BC duo Japandroids shook the walls at their midsummer Johnny Brenda’s show and tonight they’ll shake the walls of Union Transfer.  Japandroids are touring in support of an album many consider to be one of the year’s best (here, here and here).  The punk rockers released Celebration Rock earlier this year and were subsequently named Band of the Year by Spin, with their song “The House That Heaven Built” being named Song of the Summer by Paste.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with DIIV can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “The House That Heaven Built.”

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Get Infected! Bucks County’s The Infected Flies opening for DIIV in State College

Rising Bucks County garage band The Infected Flies are traveling out to State College this week to play a free show with Pitchfork darlings DIIV and Penn State indie band Pantomime Dame; the show happens Thursday, December 6th at HUB. The Infected Flies are Leigh Ferrier on vocals, Tyler Zampirri on guitar, Ryan Neumann on drums, and Kurt Ennis on bass, and their fun pop-meets-punk sound and witty lyrics make them an act to watch as they perform across the state. Listen to Ferrier’s light voice contrast against the band’s alt-punk vibe on their Lickety Split EP (released earlier this year) on their Bandcamp page here. Find out more information about the all-ages event here, and watch The Infected Flies perform their song “Bean Dip” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pissed Jeans/Hot Snakes at Underground Arts, Pet Milk at Kung Fu Necktie, DIIV and Wild Nothing at Union Transfer

Allentown-bred, Philly-based thrash punks Pissed Jeans open for Hot Snakes tonight at Underground Arts. Known for their raw adolescent Sub Pop Records sound, Pissed Jeans released their third album, King of Jeans, in 2009, surprising fans with a more mature direction. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets to the 21+ show start at $18, more information can be found here. Below, watch their video for “False Jessi Part II.”

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