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Spend some time in the studio with Dean Wareham, The Front Bottoms, Cut Copy and more on tonight’s very special Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Eternal Summers | Photo by Eric Schuman

There’s simply no better way to celebrate America than with a special edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade! Tune in to XPN tonight at 10pm as we head back into the studio and revisit favorite selections from our assortment of Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Sessions! We’ll hear exclusive performances from newcomers like Cub Sport and Dresses, as well as established folks like Woods and Eternal Summers!

It should be mentioned that all of our IRHP Sessions are available for download. Right HERE, in fact!

For your ongoing enjoyment, here’s a Spotify playlist of last week’s ‘Compact’ show, featuring Strand Of Oaks, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Ought!

See you tonight at 10pm for a very special Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN!

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Southern Sun” by Boy & Bear

Photo courtesy of the artist.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

The final Gotta Hear Song of the Week for 2013 comes is “Southern Sun” by Boy & Bear. The Sydney, Australia folk rock band started out a solo project in 2009 for singer and songwriter Dave Hosking and has grown into a five piece band including Killian Gavin (vocals/guitars), Tim Hart (drums, vocals, guitars), Jon Hart (vocals/keys/mandolin) and Dave Symes on bass. Boy & Bear recently released their sophomore release, Harlequin Dream, on Nettwerk Records. They perform at Milkboy Philly on Saturday, March 22nd, with Dresses. Watch the video and stream the song below.

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Dresses

IMG_5695Poppy Portland indie group Dresses released a terrific album on SideOneDummy Records this year called Sun Shy; its nine songs were filled with Rentals-esque synthesizers, delightful harmonies and lots of energy. The band toured this fall as a four-piece, but singer Timothy Heller (left) and guitarist / ukelele-ist / singer Jared Ryan Maldonado (right) are the core duo, and when they stopped at WXPN to record an Indie Rock Hit Parade session while they were in town opening for The Limousines at MilkBoy, they decided to take their set back to its basics. Stream and download their four-song acoustic performance below.

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Preview tonight’s all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade! (and recap last week’s show)

Dum Dum Girls | Photo by Lauren Dukoff
Dum Dum Girls | Photo by Lauren Dukoff

Tune in at 10p tonight for another full-length edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Tonight’s show is heavy on the new music, including a few new excursions from familiar friends. We’ve got new music from groups that feature members of The New Pornographers, TV On The Radio and Foxygen, plus all-new tracks from M.I.A., Chvrches, Blood Orange and more!

Here are a few things you might just hear in the mix tonight:

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: My Bloody Valentine at Electric Factory, Dresses at MilkBoy, Taj Mahal Trio at Grand Opera House, and more

My Bloody Valentine

Ethereal alt-rock icons My Bloody Valentine are bringing their elusive melodies and spidery vocals to Electric Factory tonight before they finish up their North American tour in New York. Dropping their anxiously anticipated third full length album mbv in February, Mark Richardson of Pitchfork gave it a 9.1 in his review saying, “mbv is an album of density with very little air or light. But it doesn’t forgo the human touches that have made this band so special.” Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here. Get ready for the show by watching their London performance of “Soon” below.

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My Morning Download: “Blew My Mind” by Dresses

Ah yes, sometimes you just have to love the digital world. Another band with a next to impossible name to find by googling them, and another charming potential internet hit. Why, it’s Dresses, an adorable/quirky boy-girl duo from Portland, Oregon named Timothy Heller (that’s the girl) and Jared Ryan Maldonado. Download the song below (it’s free until January 14th when it is being released on iTunes). Their debut album will be out in March.

Go here to download “Blew My Mind.”

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company