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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Girlpool at Union Transfer, Dawes at The Fillmore, Zeek Burst at Warmdaddy’s and more…

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Girlpool | photo by Kacie Tomita | courtesy of the artist

Girlpool headline Union Transfer tonight with support from friends Ian Sweet and Lexie. The duo of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad expanded their minimalist sound to include drums on last month’s Powerplant, a move that emphasizes their always-resonant sharing of vulnerability with even more dynamics. Watch “It Gets More Blue” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Death Song: The Black Angels LIVE, new Girlpool, Big Thief and LCD Soundsystem on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

The Black Angels | Photo by Alexandra Valenti, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight with what is by far our spoooookiest live session yet! Listen starting at 11pm ET on WXPN (that’s right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese, you know) for a full two-hour show that’ll feature an in-studio performance from Austin psychedelic masters The Black Angels. The group just released a new album, Death Song, and stopped by to play some of the new tracks in a special, semi-acoustic set. It’s a session that’s not to be missed! Also be on the lookout for a spotlight on Powerplant, the second album from the (former) Philly (former) duo Girlpool. And we’ll do a little survey of bands who’ll be coming through town between now and our next show. You’ll just have to listen to hear those! Or you could preview some of them below…

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Take a Super 8 daytrip with Girlpool in the new video for “It Gets More Blue”

Girlpool | photo by Hannah Taylor | courtesy of the artist
Girlpool | photo by Hannah Taylor | courtesy of the artist

Indie duo Girlpool is releasing their ANTI- Records debut Powerplant on May 12th, and today gave us another taste of the album with the found-footage style video for “It Gets More Blue.” The retro-styled visual finds Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker acting as loving companions, adventuring through beautiful coastlines, isolated fields, and off-putting mask-filled tarot card parties.

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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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