Preview tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade! (and listen back to last week’s show)

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We’ve got a whole lotta new stuff to get to on the Indie Rock Hit Parade tonight! Here are a few things you might just hear in the mix starting at 10pm on XPN:

And just in case you missed last week’s show (or just can’t wait to hear the songs again), check out this Spotify playlist!

The all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade comes your way tonight at 10 on XPN!


Listen to the latest Indie Rock Hit Parade! (and preview tomorrow night’s all-new show)


Since the Final Fridays of each month are Land of the Lost territory on WXPN, the Indie Rock Hit Parade was presented in a compact, hour-long format this past week. Despite the time constraints, we still got to hear plenty of fresh tracks from Iggy & The Stooges, The History Of Apple PieAndrew Wyatt of Miike Snow and more! Stream a Spotify playlist of the show below!

And here are a few tracks you’re sure to hear on the next Indie Rock Hit Parade, tomorrow night at 10pm on WXPN!


Hear the most recent episode of the Indie Rock Hit Parade! (and preview tomorrow’s mini-show)


Another week, another new music-packed edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade. This most recent episode featured scores of noteworthy acts, from UK rockers Yuck (who just lost their front-man to the allure of a solo career), to Philadelphia’s own Strand Of Oaks (who released an EP of early takes on tracks from Dark Shores).

Stream the songs from last week’s show below, and tune in tomorrow night (right after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) for a compact version of the Indie Rock Hit Parade, starting at 11pm on XPN!

Bonus! Check out these tracks that I’ll premier tomorrow night!

The History Of Apple Pie – “Glitch”

Iggy & The Stooges – “Burn”


Listen to the most recent Indie Rock Hit Parade (and preview songs from tomorrow’s all new episode!)

Dungeonesse | Photo by Matt Yake

The all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade is going full steam, showcasing all that’s new and notable in the vast world of independent music. Even more boundless mayhem awaits, so gear up for tomorrow night’s edition by streaming tracks from last week’s show.

Plus, here are a few tracks you might just hear on the next show, kicking off at 10pm tomorrow night on XPN!

Eksi Ekso “Gold Cures”

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Eric Schuman’s Top Five Philadelphia Phoenixes of 2012

For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Today, WXPN host Eric Schuman explores his favorite “Philadelphia Phoenixes.” And no, that’s not a sports team.

I started working at XPN in the spring of 2006. I was quickly exposed to some of Philadelphia’s brightest up-and-comers, many of whom still rock/pop/hop to this day. Some bands didn’t last, but an uncanny thing happened in 2012: members of several of those beloved bands reemerged with new names and newer sounds. Here are five of my favorite second acts in Philadelphia in 2012. Continue reading →


Listen to Low Cut Connie’s interview and performance on XPN2

The US/UK rock revivalists Low Cut Connie recently stopped by the XPN2 studios, and now you can stream their rip-roaring session whenever you like. Co-led by New Jersey singer/pianist Adam Weiner and Birmingham singer/guitarist/drummer Dan Finnemore, Low Cut Connie released their debut album, Get Out The Lotion, last year. The album garnered critical acclaim from NPR, Rolling Stone and Robert Christgau, appearing on many Best of 2011 lists. In the session, the full band performs songs from Get Out The Lotion, along with a few brand new songs that will appear on their forthcoming record. XPN2’s Eric Schuman talks with Adam and Dan about the band’s formation and their attraction to early rock n’ roll.

Click HERE to stream our session with Low Cut Connie.


Listen to Gospel Music’s interview and performance on XPN2

The Florida band Gospel Music recently made their live-radio debut on XPN2, and now you can stream their session whenever you like! Gospel Music is the project of singer/songwriter/guitarist Owen Holmes, who released his full-length debut, How To Get To Heaven From Jacksonville, FL, on Kill Rock Stars last year. In the session, we’ll hear the full-band version of Gospel Music perform selections from the album and Owen’s debut EP, Duettes, live in the studio. XPN2’s Eric Schuman will also talk with Owen about his connection to public radio and his involvement in the band Black Kids.

Click HERE to stream our session with Gospel Music with the XPN Media Player!


Listen to The Front Bottoms’ interview and performance on XPN2

Lucia Holm Photography

The young New Jersey band The Front Bottoms recently stopped by the XPN2 studio for an acoustic set of songs from their self-titled debut album. Now you can stream the session whenever you like.

They have toured the area regularly, most recently playing an XPN Free at Noon Concert at World Cafe Live. We’ll hear the band play a selection of songs from their album, and Eric will talk with Brian and Matt about their long friendship and about the new wave of Jersey indie rock.

Stream our session with The Front Bottoms with the XPN Media player.


Eric Schuman’s Top Five Local Albums of 2011

This week, we’ll be taking a look at several WXPN/XPN2 staff members’ Best Of 2011 lists. Today, XPN2?s Eric Schuman tells us his five favorite local albums of the year.

1. Man Man, Life Fantastic (Anti-) Listen to Mister Heavenly’s interview and performance on XPN2

2. The War On Drugs, Slave Ambient  (Secretly Canadian) Listen to The War On Drugs’ Key Studio Session


3. Hoots And Hellmouth, Salt (self-released)


4. Work Drugs, Aurora Lies (Bobby Cahn Records)


5. Music For Headphones, Life.In.Mono


Watch the making-of video for John Flynn’s “Christmas Balls” (from XPN’s 12 Days Of Local Christmas)

From Flynn’s YouTube channel:

Singer-songwriter John Flynn’s new holiday single, Christmas Balls, is a comical cautionary tale about the perils of combining egg nog with small caliber weapons. This affectionately told true story about an inebriated dad who is forced to redecorate the family Christmas tree after using it for target practice with his son’s new BB gun has been a staple of Flynn’s live holiday performances for years! Now almost as a public service message in this time of “making rather merry” Christmas Balls is available to adorn the yuletide airwaves, and for download through all fine digital outlets. (iTunes, Amazon, etc.)

Christmas Balls was produced by Harvey (formerly known to Philadelphians as “Harvey in the Morning”) along with WXPN’s Robert Drake. It features Flynn backed by “a rollicking little band, some sleigh bells and a flash-mob of friends, family and Philadelphia celebrities” (WXPN’s Kathy O’Connell; Fox 29’s Sue Serio; WMGK’s Debbi Calton; the Phillies’ own John Brazer and Tom Burgoyne — a.k.a. the Phillie Phanatic; WIP’s Joe Conklin and many others!