Album Spotlight Alert! Thee Oh Sees, of Montreal, Field Mouse and Best of 2016 (so far) on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Thee Oh Sees | Photo courtesy of the artist

This week’s Indie Rock Hit Parade, like most weeks’, is a special one. Tonight’s show (starting at 11pm ET on WXPN, right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese), will spotlight not one, not two, but fifteen releases from 2016! We’ll dig into a few newly released albums, namely those from fuzz freaks Thee Oh Sees, celebrated funk-twisters of Montreal, gut-punch punks Field Mouse and more, plus hear from some of the year’s most exceptional recordings so far. It shouldn’t surprise you that we’ll get to tracks from Parquet Courts, Big Thief and Car Seat Headrest, but there might also be a few albums in the mix whose initial releases you might have missed. It’s part best of, part new music showcase, part treasure hunt. It’s the Indie Rock Hit Parade, and it’s coming for you.

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. play “Rockin’ the Free World” with Pearl Jam, hear new music from Massive Attack

J Mascis | Photo By Noah Silvestry |
J Mascis | Photo By Noah Silvestry |

Yesterday we featured Pearl Jam covering Aerosmith at their weekend show in Boston. Today: video of J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. jammin’ with Eddie Vedder and the boys Sunday night at Fenway Park on Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.”  Watch it below. Continue reading →


Where You Been: New Dinosaur Jr, Helado Negro & Nots on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Dinosaur Jr | Photo by Levi Walton, courtesy of the artist
Dinosaur Jr | Photo by Levi Walton, courtesy of the artist

It’s Friday (again) and that means it’s time (again) for the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN (again)! On tonight’s full two-hour show (starting shortly after Making Time RADio with Dave P), we’ll get to so many new tracks that you won’t know what to do with yourself. Anchoring this week’s IRHP is a spotlight on Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not, the newest album from Dinosaur Jr. The Amherst trio’s original lineup famously reformed a decade ago, and this new album is the fourth to come from this fruitful reunion. Also in the mix are new tracks from Memphis lo-fi punks Nots, Florida’s premier Ecuadorian-American electro wizard Helado Negro, Philly’s own noisemakers Purling Hiss and more! Preview out those new tunes below….

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XPN MusicNotes: Radiohead brings back “Creep” while Dinosaur Jr. performs new song “Tiny”

Radiohead | photos by Alex Lake | courtesy of the artist

At virtually every stop of their European tour Radiohead has busted out some surprises. Take for instance the other night in Paris when the band performed “Creep” & “2+2=5” for the first time in seven years. Watch below.

Raidohead also debuted “Climbing Up the Walls.”

Dinosaur Jr. appeared on Later… With Jools Holland last night to perform their new song “Tiny” from their soon to be released new album- “Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not.” album. Check it out.

Also- Henry Rollins recorded a little promo-video for the new, Dinosaur Jr. album. Watch below.


90’s alt-rock supertour coming to The Fillmore with Jane’s Addiction, Dinosaur Jr., and Living Colour

Jane's Addiction
Jane’s Addiction | Photo courtesy of the artist

90’s nostalgia has been in full swing recently. Most bands who made it big during that time period have become their own version of “classic rock” and each been celebrating their own milestones and anniversaries. 90’s alternative rock icons Jane’s Addiction have just announced a tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 2nd LP Ritual de lo Habitual, and they will be bringing the party to The Fillmore in July.

The “Sterling Spoon Tour” leads up to the band’s performance at Lollapalooza this summer, which is also celebrating its 25th anniversary. Jane’s Addiction headlined the first Lolla (frontman Perry Farrell founded the festival) so history will be repeating itself. The band will be joined on this tour by fellow 90’s rock luminaries and 90s-era Lollapalooza vets Dinosaur Jr. and Living Colour. Continue reading →


By Surprise takes over Kung Fu Necktie tonight for an evening of classic 90’s indie rock jams

BySurprise_SBTSWEmo rockers By Surprise take over Kung Fu Necktie tonight for an evening of non-stop classic indie rock jams at the monthly Strangled by the Stereowire party. It’s their first live show since December, as well as a 90’s indie / alt showcase night where DJs Johnny and Mike spin everything from Pavement to Dinosaur Jr. to Blur and Superchunk and more. People attending can tweet their 90’s indie-alterna song requests to @SBTSW or #SBTSW. Get ready to ride the emotional rollercoaster down memory lane. Did we mention the best part? It’s free.

By Surprise is currently working on their follow up to 2011’s Mountain Smashers, so you can expect some new material tonight from the Jersey natives. You may even catch them doing a cover of Archers of Loaf, too (though not the song that the DJ night takes its name from). The show starts at 10:30 and goes ’til 2am. Free admission, 21+ to get in.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dinosaur Jr. at Union Transfer, Citizen Cope at Electric Factory, Howardween Block Party, Those Darlins at Johnny Brenda’s

Get ready for a throwback to the grunge era tonight with ’90s alt rockers Dinosaur Jr. as they perform at Union Transfer on their I Bet On Sky tour. The band, who is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their renowned 1987 album You’re Living All Over Me this year, reunited in 2005 after taking an eight-year break. The all-ages show tonight begins at 9; more ticket information is available here. Below, check out the new video for “Watch the Corners.”

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Listen to a Fleetwood Mac cover by Lee Ranaldo Band (playing XPoNential Music Festival next week)

Electric guitar wizard and Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo teamed up with one of his 80s alt-rock brethren – J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. – to cover the instrumental Fleetwood Mac number “Albatross,” a song originally recorded in 1969 and released during the Mac’s heady pre-Buckingham / Nicks era. You can stream their cover below, and compare it against a live BBC performance of the original from 1970. “Albatross” will appear on Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac, which will be released in August by Starbucks’ Hear Music label, and will also feature contributions from Best Coast, Marianne Faithful, The New Pornographers and Tame Impala. Lee Ranaldo Band will be joining us next week for the XPoNential Music Festival; they play the Jersey Arts Marina stage on Saturday at 4:45 p.m. You can pick up your tickets or passes here; early bird prices for the festival have been extended through July 11.


This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Dinosaur Jr., Sloan, Owl City, Peter Gabriel, Eddie Vedder

Photo by Brantley Gutierrez

Dinosaur Jr.

After ending an eight-year hiatus in 2005, Dinosaur Jr. released two albums, but their current five-stop tour (which started in their hometown of Northampton, Mass.) will only be featuring their third album, Bug—the whole grungy, feedback-filled, ’90s alt-rock masterpiece in its entirety. The band toured in support of its last two albums, but this tour is undoubtedly crafted to allow fans to indulge in the nostalgia of Bug. Providing the material for reminiscing will be long-time friend and Black Flag front man Henry Rollins, who will conduct a 15-minute interview before Dinosaur launches into their set, talking about the album’s creation, poking around for amusing anecdotes and such. According to a review by the Hartford Courant, the first go at the on-stage Q&A was pretty awkward, with Rollins being far more talkative than the reticent Dinosaur band members. But if fans are curious enough to hear the backstory of the beloved album, they can bare with it. Dinosaur Jr. plays with Off! at 8:30 p.m. at the Electric Factory; tckets for the all-ages show are $29.50. —Danielle Wayda

The May 2011 release of Sloan’s latest album, The Double Cross, marked the Canadian band’s 20th year together. In all that time, their line-up has remained (almost miraculously) unchanged. Sloan is also noted for another oddity in the music industry: each of its four members (all Halifax natives) has contributed songs for every album. This balance is perhaps why they’re still together two decades later. Their 1991 debut, Smeared, is consistently voted one of Canada’s top albums of all time, coming in ahead of Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, and they’ve been dubbed “Canada’s Nirvana.” But their music is more power-pop than grunge; it slides between punk rock jams and catchy ballads with ease. Sloan performs with HotKid at 7:30 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT. —Kiley Bense

Also playing:
Katy Perry + Robyn, Marina And The Diamonds at Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m., $39.50-$47.50); Koo Koo Kanga Roo + Brick and Mortar, Ecomog, Attack Slug at The Fire (5 p.m., $10); Pat McGee + Deep River, Boots Factor at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $29-$39)

Owl City + Mat Kearney, Unwed Sailor at The Mann Center (7 p.m., $28); Peter Gabriel + The New Blood Orchestra at Susquehanna Bank Center (8 p.m., $45–$280); Eddie Vedder + Glen Hansard at Tower Theatre (7:30 p.m., SOLD OUT); Garland Jeffereys at Sellersville Theater (8 p.m., $29.50); Bootsy Collins at The Keswick Theatre (8 p.m., $36-$50.50); June Divided + Kingsfoil; Alright, Junior, Weatherstar at The Trocadero (6:30 p.m., all ages, $12)

F*cked Up + Jeff The Brotherhood, Dry Feet at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, $12-$13); Legendary Shack Shakers + The Sideshow Prophets, The Rumblers at North Star Bar (8 p.m., 21+, $12)