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Can I Sit Next To You: New Spoon, Jay Som and The Magnetic Fields on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Spoon | Photo by Zackery Michael, courtesy of the artist

There is a very good chance that, like me, you weren’t able to attend the SXSW music conference and festival that’s been happening this week in Austin. That’s okay because tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade aims to provide all the new music discovery with only some of the hassle of not having the proper badge credentials. Listen at 11pm ET on WXPN for a full two-hour show that might just introduce you to your new favorite band. We’ll hear a few album spotlights in the mix, including new releases from Spoon, Jay Som and The Magnetic Fields. Also be on the lookout for a new Feist track that I might or might not play tonight. Preview a few new things below:

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IDC: New Chastity Belt, Jay Som & Girlpool on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Chastity Belt | Photo by Conner Lyons, courtesy of the artist

Here in Philadelphia, it’s super weird and wintry outside. I don’t like it one bit. But that mess isn’t about to affect the swift delivery of the Indie Rock Hit Parade to your headspace at 11pm ET on WXPN. Be sure to stay tuned after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese for a full two-hour IRHP that’ll feature some of today’s new album releases, including Jay Som‘s debut album and the fourth full-length from Tennis. Also in the mix are new tracks from Philly duo Girlpool, Seattle’s Chastity Belt and outer space’s The Juan Maclean. Check out a few of the new tracks below…

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Listen to Girlpool’s drum-heavy new song “123,” see them at Union Transfer in June

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Girlpool | photo by Molly Matalon | courtesy of the artist

When the LA-bred indiepop duo Girlpool captivated the DIY scene a couple years ago, it had as much to do with their remarkably strong songs as with their compelling minimalism. Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad could hold an entire room in rapt attention with simply a guitar, a bass and their two harmonizing voices. It was such a strength that there was a minor stir when the band – gasp! – added drums during a live show a year and some ago.

Today, we get the first taste of what “full-band” Girlpool sounds like in a new song called “123”…but let’s stop there for a second and just point out that they were always a full band, and that a band needn’t be defined by some sort of arbitrary instrumental checklist. It’d be more accurate to say that this is the sound of Girlpool, with drums, in a studio setting, and it sounds terrific, giving “123” a soaring energy at the one minute mark while still retaining the honesty and fearless vulnerability that made us connect with the band in the first place. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Girlpool at PhilaMOCA, Tigers + Thieves at Tellus 360, Teenage Bigfoot at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

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Girlpool | photo by Simon Klein for WXPN

Local duo Girlpool play PhilaMOCA tonight while in the midst of a quick east coast tour. Cleo and Harmony released their breakthrough LP Before the World Was Big last year, which quickly got picked up by outlets like the New York Times and NPR (they even filmed a killer Tiny Desk Concert). Watch the video for “Magnifying Glass” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages concert here.

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Just Announced: Girlpool will play PhilaMOCA in July with French Vanilla

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Girlpool | photo by Simon Klein for WXPN

The LA ladies of Girlpool only had a few shows on the books as of last week, including Don Giovanni Records’ The New Alternative Music Festival in mid-September. Now, the minimalist, DIY duo of Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker have added a gig in their adopted hometown of Philly. Taking place at PhilaMOCA on Wednesday, July 6th, the all ages show will feature SoCal feminist punks French Vanilla, who’s brand of blasting basslines and bouncing horns become instantly addictive.  Continue reading →

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Girlpool, Radiator Hospital, Screaming Females and more to play Don Giovanni Records music fest

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Girlpool | photo by Simon Klein for WXPN

Don Giovanni Records has announced an anti-establishment festival of sorts, set to take place September 16th to the 18th at the Asbury Park, NJ Convention Hall. The New Alternative Music Festival will celebrate truly independent artists in a truly independent way, with no corporate sponsorship backing the event.

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Bruce Warren’s Best of Philly Music 2015

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Queen of Jeans | photo by Kelly Kurteson

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, WXPN program director Bruce Warren shares five musicians she found on Spotify in 2015.

This past Thanksgiving The Key’s John Vettese wrote about the 15 Philly songs we’re thankful for. The songs were just a small snapshot of by Philly’s vibrant music scene, represented by the likes of Hop Along, Jazmine Sullivan, Kurt Vile, Agudos Clef, Hemming, Hezekiah Jones, Lithuania, Lushlife, Jill Scott, and others. What stood out to me in Vettese’s article then, and what’s stood out to all of us at The Key for the last several years is how wonderfully diverse, and prolific, the music scene in Philly continues to be. Continue reading →

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Alex G headlines a sold-out First Unitarian Church for Beach Music album release

Alex G | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Alex G | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Alex G and Girlpool made a graceful return to their current residence of Philadelphia on Saturday night at First Unitarian Church, with enthusiastic sets from opening acts Eskimeaux and Brandon Can’t Dance opening the show. Each of these artists are best experienced in their live form, which made for extremely entertaining sets that were matched with visual imagery projected from dual film projectors by Craig Scheihing. Continue reading →