Feel the heat of new Dirty Projectors, Sneaks and Suburban Living on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors in the "Keep Your Name" video
Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors in the “Keep Your Name” video

Once again we arrive at the end of another barn-burner of a week. That means it’s time for the Indie Rock Hit Parade to invade your personal space at 11pm ET on WXPN. Listen for a full two-hour show (shortly after the October edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P) for a smattering of new tracks from all over the place. We’ll get to the long-awaited return of experimental pop twisters Dirty Projectors, and speculate as to what their new record will sound like. Also in the mix is a new jam from Philly based sheen-rockers Suburban Living (their new album just came out today), and a few tracks that recently got video clip accompaniment. Preview those (and more) below:

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Dirty Projectors keep teasing new songs on Twitter, but does that mean a new record is coming?



If you are into Experimental Pop/Rock than chances are, you are familiar with the six-piece band, Dirty Projectors. The group hasn’t released an album since 2012’s  Swing Lo Magellan, but still garners well over 200,000 monthly Spotify listeners. One can only assume that many of these listeners would be ecstatic for a new release. Continue reading →


Listen to “Demons,” a new track from The National (playing The Mann Center on 6/7)

NtlThe National have unveiled the first single from their new album Trouble Will Find Me, out on May 21st through 4AD.  “Demons” is dark, full-bodied and complex in sound and production, featuring frontman Matt Berninger’s understated and gruff vocals singing lyrics about not being able to let go of the past and being afraid of the future.  Trouble Will Find Me follows the Brooklyn indie rock band’s 2010 album High Violet.  Listen to a stream of “Demons” below (paired with a video of Azar Kazimer creating a chalk drawing of Trouble’s album art) and watch live footage of several more new songs via Consequence of Sound here.  Tickets and information for The National’s June 7th show at The Mann Center with Dirty Projectors can be found here.


Listen to a new Dirty Projectors song, “There’s A Fire” (opening for The National at the Mann in June)

Screen Shot 2013-02-26 at 9.32.36 AMBelow, listen to the B-side of a limited edition white-label single Dirty Projectors released for the band’s January 2013 Carnegie Hall show. Only 250 copies of the Offspring Are Blank 7-inch single were pressed for the occasion. The song has a off-kilter afrobeat groove and sinewy, interweaving guitar lines that are like a funky version of Television’s “See No Evil.” Yesterday Dirty Projectors announced a tour opening for The National, which comes to The Mann on June 7th. Go here for more information about the show.


Just Announced: The National and Dirty Projectors coming to The Mann on 6/7

NationalBrooklyn-via-Cincinnati indie rockers The National will be stopping by The Mann Center on Friday, June 7th.  The Non-COMM alums released their much-loved fifth studio album High Violet in 2010 and are still going strong with tours supporting the anthemic record.  They will be joined by Dirty Projectors, the experimental rock project of David Longstreth.  The Brooklyn outfit released Swing Lo Magellan last summer followed by an appearance at Made In America in Philadelphia (watch a video of them performing “Offspring are Blank” from the festival here).  Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 1st at 10:00 a.m.  More information will be available at the XPN Concert Calendar.  Listen back to The National’s 2010 Non-COMM set here and watch their video for “Bloodbuzz Ohio” below.


Get a crash course in the Made in America Festival with our Spotify playlist

This weekend, Jay-Z‘s much-anticipated Made In America festival will fill the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with more than thirty artists playing on three stages in two days. It will be a massive musical melting pot, with everything from hip-hop (Meek Mill) to dubstep (Skrillex) and art-rock (Dirty Projectors) represented. Chances are, you know many of the bands on the bill – Pearl Jam and Run D.M.C. are household names. And even if you don’t realize who sings it, Passion Pit‘s “Take a Walk” has been an inescapable and awesome summer hit. Other performers may be completely new to you (Prince Royce? Afrojack?)…and that’s cool too! Music festivals are about discovery, after all, and we’re here to help you in that process with a crash course in the Made in America lineup. Listen to our Spotify playlist below – it’s got one track from just about every artist on the lineup – and get excited for two days of eclectic sounds eminating from the Parkway!


Watch a new video from Major Lazer for “Get Free”

Local-boy-gone-L.A. Diplo teamed up with former Major Lazer-mate Switch and The Dirty Projector‘s Amber Coffman for his latest single, “Get Free.” The group worked with director SoMe to produce a new music video for the song, which is notable for its low-key vibes and laid-back flutey tones. “Get Free” is featured on Major Lazer’s forthcoming album, Free the Universe, out November 6th on Downtown/Mad Decent. Watch the video for “Get Free” below.


“Buckle Up” with Dirty Projectors’ new single (playing Made in America Festival in September)

New York-based experimental pop troupe Dirty Projectors just released a new track, “Buckle Up,” that will be released as a tour-only 7″ single. The band will be giving copies away at their shows this summer, and is asking fans to follow it on Twitter, where it will tweet a password an hour before doors for each concert. The band plays Philadelphia on September 1 for the Made in America festival, and you can hear the new song below.