Batter Up: New Jagwar Ma, Foxygen & Mitski on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Jagwar Ma | Photo courtest of Shorefire Media

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is back tonight with things for you to enjoy and things for you to look forward to. Listen starting at 11pm ET on WXPN (and whaddya know, that’s right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese! for a full two hour show that features the newly released second album from Australian rave-pop trio Jagwar Ma. Seeing how Jagwar Ma’s 2013 debut, Howlin’, was one of my favorite albums of that year (and continues to sound fresh), Every Now & Then is a much-welcome sequel. We’ll hear a few tracks from it on tonight’s IRHP Album Spotlight. Also in the mix tonight are new tracks from Nashville guitar army Diarrhea Planet and Cleveland’s premier bedroom pop project-turned-punk crew Cloud Nothings, who both recently recorded live sessions in our studio to be shared in the coming weeks! Be on the lookout, too, for new things from Foxygen, Mitski, Nicolas Jaar and more…

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Asgeir w/ Conner Youngblood at Milkboy, Goat at Union Transfer, Arkells at North Star Bar

Goat photo courtesy of the artist | Sub Pop Records
Goat photo courtesy of the artist | Sub Pop Records

Tonight, XPN Welcomes Icelandic singer-songwriter Asgeir with Conner Youngblood opening to Milkboy. Here’s your chance to see two very different songwriters connected through the warmth, soul and sprit of the music that both musicians exude. Below, watch a version of “King and Cross” that Asgeir performed at WXPN’s Non-COMM in May, and donwload “Confidence” by Conner Youngblood, from a recent EP. Go to the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information about the show.

Masked Swedish psychedelic tribal-jazz-funk-rockers Goat, who recently signed to Sub Pop records in the States, play Union Transfer. The band released its debut album, World Music, in 2012 which Pitchfork got right. Grayson Currin wrote:

Over insistent rhythms that suggest Spacemen 3 and, at least in spirit, the conjuring drones of Pandit Pran Nath and La Monte Young, Goat weave an ecumenical history of rock’n’roll. They intercept signals from Led Zeppelin and Funkadelic, Jefferson Starship and Fela Kuti, the Congos and the Rolling Stones.

Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, listen to a new song, “Dreambuilding,” and “Goathead” from their World Music album.

Ontario rockers Arkells return to Philly to play the North Star Bar tonight. The band releases its new album, High Noon, on August 5th. With several singers and dozens of melodically rich pop songs to go with them, Arkells are a Canadian band “this close” to the verge of crossing over to broad Stateside appeal. In 2012 they won the Juno Award for best new band, and if their excellent new material is any indication of the direction they’re going, it won’t be long until you can tell your friends “you saw them when.” Go here for tickets and more information about the show.