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Agent Intellect: Protomartyr, Low & PWR BTTM on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Protomartyr | Photo by Zak Bratto
Protomartyr | Photo by Zak Bratto

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade might not be a milestone like last week’s 100th Episode, but it’s certainly no slouch when it comes to great new tracks. Stay tuned after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese for a full two-hour IRHP, featuring a spotlight on the new album from Detroit post-punks Protomartyr. We’ll also introduce you to some new bands with names like PWR BTTM, Expert Alterations and Death By Unga Bunga. Intrigued? You should be…

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The Flatmates, Literature and more showcase past and present indiepop styles at Connie’s Ric Rac

The Flatmates | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
The Flatmates | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

On Thursday, Connie’s Ric Rac played host to a quartet of time-traveling indie pop acts. Bringing the past to the present was the recently resurrected 1980s U.K. band The Flatmates. Playing music inspired by the sound fashions of the time, whether it be the dreamy (Tender Vision), jangle-pop (Expert Alterations) or a toned-down Cure (Literature), the rest of the lineup were appropriate complements.

With two original members in tow — Martin Whitehead on guitar and Rocker on keyboards — The Flatmates played classics like “Shimmer” alongside songs from an upcoming release and a cover of Prince’s “When You Were Mine.” With new vocalist Lisa Bouvier leading the charge, the songs were quite infectious and had the compact crowd shaking their hips. Despite playing the second-to-last set of the night, they were certainly the highlight.

But each of the other bands had their shining moments, with Philly bands Tender Vision and Literature bookending the night. The reliably elusive Adrianne Gold, formerly of Catnaps, fronted Tender Vision with her catchy hooks. The six-piece may not always have been tight, but their potential was palpable. Baltimore-based Expert Alterations rocked well, while Literature turned the lights down and got the crowd to dance into early Friday morning.