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Incoherent Love Songs: P.S. Eliot reunite LIVE on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

p.s. eliot | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN
p.s. eliot | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is even more special than usual, and it’s all thanks to our latest Live Studio Session. Listen in at 11pm ET on WXPN (shortly after the September edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P) for, among other things, a live session with p.s. eliot. The band, formed by twin sisters Katie “Waxahatchee” and Allison “Swearin’/The Fizz” Crutchfield, are currently on a short reunion tour commemorating a new reissue of their entire recorded output, 2007-2011. They stopped by our studios to warm up and play a few of the beloved band’s songs live. There’s a lot of excitement around this session, and you can see why thanks to our friends at NPR Music and Vuhaus, who are hosting a video clip of one of the session’s songs. Check that out HERE.

Also in the mix tonight, a spotlight on the new album from noisy NY/Philly rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars, swirling psych from Montreal’s Elephant Stone and the first-ever solo song from Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon released under her own name. Preview those (and more) below…

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Shut Up, Kiss Me: Angel Olsen, Selector Dub Narcotic & Jacuzzi Boys on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Angel Olsen
Angel Olsen | photo by Amanda Marsalis | courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is headed your way tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Rather than duck in your indie rock-proof subterranean bunker, listen in for a full-two hour show that has some very interesting things going on. Since we’ll be knee-deep in our XPN Long Hots Labor Day Weekend special, we’ll hear a few supersized jams from Panda Bear and The Juan Maclean. We’ve got another Album Spotlight to get to; this time on the new album from chameleonic singer-songwriter Angel Olsen. My Woman, her third full-length, is a wild masterwork of ballads, boppers and rockers, and we’ll dig into it in the second hour of tonight’s show. In the mix you’ll also hear new tracks from Swedish politi-shoegazers The Radio Dept., Florida party-crashers Jacuzzi Boys and Montreal psych-conjurers Elephant Stone. Check out those tunes below…

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Enter the Indie Rock HAUNT Parade tonight, if you dare!

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Gather ’round, boils and ghouls, and I’ll tell you a tale that’s sure to give you the Halloween creeps! The Indie Rock Hit Parade transforms into the Indie Rock HAUNT Parade tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! There are several ghoulish delights that are new for this year’s show, plus a few favorites from the crypt. So look alive and dig in tonight!

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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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Download a World Cafe performance of “Motherless Child (Love’s Not For War)” by Elephant Stone

Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone | Photo by Eric Schuman
Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone | Photo by Eric Schuman

Elephant Stone is a Montreal based psychedelic influenced indie rock band fronted by sitarist, bassist, and singer Rishi Dhir. The other members of the band include Miles Duprie on drums and backing vocals, and Gabriel Lambert on guitars and backing vocals. Formed in 2009 by Dhir, they debuted with The Seven Seas. Dhir has been a highly sought out sitar players in the psychedelic music scene, and has recorded and toured with the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, the Soundtrack of Our Lives, and many more. Continue reading →

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Download a new song by Montreal psych-rockers, Elephant Stone

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

The Montreal indie rock band Elephant Stone are releasing their new album, The Three Poisons, on August 26th on Hidden Pony Records. The band was started in 2009 by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir, one of the most highly sought out sitar players in the international music scene. He’s recorded, performed and toured with Beck, the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, and many more.

They band has released two albums and an EP, and with each new release the band garners more fans and greater acclaim for their psychedelicized groove laden “Hindie” rock. The new album, Three Poisons, is their best yet.

Dhir explains the story behind the making of the album:

It all started on January 1st, 2013. I got a call from my brother-in-law; he had found a box of vinyl on his door step and offered to let me take my picks before he dropped them off at the local vinyl shop. He mentioned there was some Echo & The Bunnymen and bunch of stuff he didn’t recognize. Being the vinyl junkie that I am, I headed over.

What I found in that box was beyond anything I could have imagined. Yes, there was Echo’s “Songs to Learn & Sing”, but there was also a 12” single release of the Happy Mondays “Step On” and “Kinky Afro”, Spaceman 3 “Recurring”, The Stone Roses “Waterfall” and “One Love”, New Order’s house masterpiece “Technique”, Ride’s “Today Forever”, and the list went on. I was dumbfounded as to why someone would abandon such treasure. Were they starting off the New Year by purging themselves of their material possessions? Payback from a wounded lover? Divine intervention? Whatever it was, I lucked out and began reacquainting myself with Shaun, Rowetta, J Spaceman, Sonic Boom, Ian, Bernard, Hooky, et al.

Fast forward a year later and the band is in deep, working on the follow-up to our self-titled 2013 release. I don’t think it was just me, but things felt different this time around. The grooves were groovier, the sonics rumbled heavier, and the songs were connecting to something bigger. It wasn’t until Malika Tirolien came in to record her inspired backing vocals for “Knock You From Yr Mountain” and “All Is Burning” that I reflected on that abandoned record collection I inherited and the trip it took me on. In that moment I heard the groove of the Mondays, the darkness of Echo, the jangle of Ride… but what I truly heard and felt coming together in these new batch of songs was—and is—unequivocally the sound of Elephant Stone.

Below, download this psych-groove song from Elephant Stone’s forthcoming release. It’s as good a Primal Scream A-side as you can get. Look for Fall tour dates to be announced soon.

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My Morning Download: “Setting Sun” (and 11 more songs) by Elephant Stone

Elephant-Stone-0672-2-copy-2 Psychedelic rockers Elephant Stone are currently out on tour with The Besnard Lakes. Below, in exchange for your e-mail address, you can download a free, 12 song compilation, Acid Killed My Rock’N’Roll: An Introduction to Elephant Stone. The band released their latest self-titled album last February to excellent reviews and have been touring almost non-stop since then. The band, led by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir, brings together 60’s psychedelia rock with well crafted power pop.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shuggie Otis at the Blockley, Jimmy Eat World at the Mann Center, Psychic Teens at Long in the Tooth, Commonwealth Choir at Ortlieb’s, Elephant Stone at Kung Fu Necktie

Photo by B+ for Mochilla.com
Photo by B+ for Mochilla.com

XPN welcomes singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shuggie Otis to The Blockley tonight. Son of the legendary Johnny Otis, he wrote the soong “Strawberry Letter 23,” which became a huge hit for The Brothers Johnson in 1977. His 1974 album Inspiration Information was reissued this year with four previously unreleased tracks, along with a new LP called Wings of Love that features unreleased live and studio tracks spanning over two decades. Below, watch a live performance by Shuggie Otis, and find more information on the show here.

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Elephant Stone announce summer tour, playing Kung Fu Necktie on 8/9

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Montreal’s Elephant Stone are bringing their psychedelic pop on the road next month, stopping at Kung Fu Necktie on August 9th in support of this year’s self-titled effort.  The sunny four-piece has spent the first half of 2013 touring with The Zombies and The Black Angels and playing their kaleidoscopic, mystical songs for audiences at SXSW and the Austin Psych Fest.  Elephant Stone the album follows up 2009’s debut The Seven Seas and meshes sixties overtones with Indian raga influences.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show will be available here.  Watch Elephant Stone’s video for “Heavy Moon” below.

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Revisit Allah-Las’ appearance on World Cafe (playing Union Transfer on 4/7)

ALLCalifornians Allah-Las appeared on NPR’s World Cafe just a few weeks ago, chatting with host David Dye about their beginnings at famed Los Angeles music emporium Amoeba Records and playing a trio of songs from their 2012 self-titled debut, released through LA label Innovative Leisure.  Keeping with the California theme, the laidback, country-tinged album was produced by fellow statesman and World Cafe favorite Nick Waterhouse.  Listen back to Allah-Las’ World Cafe session here and watch a live video of “Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind)” from their October 2012 show at Johnny Brenda’s.  Allah-Las return to Philadelphia on Sunday, April 7th for a show at Union Transfer with The Black Angels and Elephant Stone; tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here.