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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Flock of Dimes at Johnny Brenda’s, Lera Lynn at World Cafe Live, Frankie Cosmos at the First Unitarian Church and more

Flock of Dimes | Photo by Paley Fairman, courtesy of the artist
Flock of Dimes | Photo by Paley Fairman, courtesy of the artist

Baltimore’s Jenn Wasner is best known as one half of experimental indie pop duo Wye Oak, but this year she branched out on her own with the new solo project Flock of Dimes. Imbued with gauzey synthesizer tones and glorious vocal melodies, the project is not terribly far off from where she left things on Wye Oak’s most recent output — it just maximizes the pop leanings to their full potential. Watch the video for “Semaphore” below and get tickets and more information on Flock Of Dime’s show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Here Comes Your Man: New Pixies, Sam Evian & S U R V I V E on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Pixies | Photo by Travis Shinn, courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s the night, friends. Final Friday of September, time for Land of the Lost with Robert Drake and, immediately following that, the Indie Rock Hit Parade! The IRHP action starts at 11pm ET on WXPN, and there’s a glut of new releases to showcase. Perhaps the most perfect new record to play on this particular night is Head Carrier, the much-anticipated sixth album from Boston legends the Pixies. There’s been plenty of talk about the changes that the band has gone through since reuniting over a decade ago, but it’s hard to argue with the instantly recognizable (not to mention instantly likable) sounds on this new one. We’ll hear a few tracks on this week’s IRHP Album Spotlight. Also in the mix from this week’s laundry list of new albums will be tracks from the cosmic solo debut from Celestial Shore’s Sam Evian, the haunting synthesizers of Austin’s S U R V I V E (whose members provided the score to the hit series Stranger Things), and a revisit of tracks from La Sera‘s Spring 2016 release on a new EP. Preview some of that sruff below…

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Wye Oh Wye: Flock of Dimes, LVL UP and Beach Slang on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Flock of Dimes | Photo by Paley Fairman, courtesy of the artist
Flock of Dimes | Photo by Paley Fairman, courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade has just the thing for you. That is, if the thing you need happens to be a wide variety of brand new music tunes. Listen in at 11pm ET on WXPN for a full two-hour show that, among other things, will feature TWO spotlights on newly released albums. First up is If You See Me, Say Hello, the debut album from Flock Of Dimes. Flock Of Dimes is the on again-off again solo project of Jann Wasner, better known as one half of Wye Oak. We’ll also hear tracks from the Sub Pop debut of NY’s wooly guitar crushers LVL UP. The band has been making retro-minded and forward-thinking music for several years, and Return To Love is easily their best record yet. Also in the mix, new things from Philly punks Beach Slang, eclectic shoegazers Slothrust and jangle purveyors EZTV. Preview some of those below…

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Back on the Bandwagon: Teenage Fanclub, Ian Sweet and Flock of Dimes on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Teenage Fanclub | Photo by Donald Milne, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade simply can’t be stopped! We’ve got another full, two-hour show on tap for you tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN (which just so happens to be right after the September edition of What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese, ya know). Make sure you’re tuned in, fired up and wigged out, because there’s a lot to get to this week. First and foremost, there’s our weekly Album Spotlight where, this time around, we’ll hear a couple of tracks from Here, the newly released 10th album from Scottish jangle-pop legends Teenage Fanclub. Here is a breezy delight, as you might expect. Also in the mix, we’ll get to the debut from outsider-popsters Ian Sweet, Jenn Wasner’s electrifying solo debut as Flock Of Dimes, and a punishingly epic track from the new Preoccupations album that features guest vocals (somewhere in the mix) from Wolf Parade/Operators guy Dan Boeckner. Preview some of the new stuff below…

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