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Hinds bring the party to a Monday night at Union Transfer.

Hinds | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
Hinds | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

After a terrible weekend, I believe that many of us needed a release.  Monday isn’t a prime party day, but I needed the positivity, I needed the community, and I hadn’t really planned it, but I needed this Hinds concert at Union Transfer.  Their unbridled optimism, mixed with a hard dose of good old rock and roll was what plenty of people needed.  Garage, lo-fi, whatever you wanna call it, it’s undeniably fun. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hinds at Union Transfer, tinmouth at Kung Fu Necktie, Beach Fossils at Boot and Saddle

Hinds | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Hinds | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

Union Transfer hosts Madrid garage rockers Hinds tonight. These ladies know how to rock — as we learned when they played the Public Radio Day Stage at SXSW. They’ll play in support of their January sophomore LP Leave Me Alone,  from which you can hear the track “Garden” found below. Baltimore’s Sun Club and Philly lo-fi band Joy Again will open. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The 7 best things I saw at SXSW

Jack Garratt | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Jack Garratt | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

As with the past twenty plus SXSW music festivals I’ve attended, coordinating seeing all the bands I’ve want to see each year I go is a function of timing and serendipity. And it’s nearly impossible to see everything I have on my wish list. At any time, there are both official and unofficial showcases all around the city, and there are literally hundreds of them. SXSW is a sprawling, crowded event where you can see a random band rocking out in a vacant parking lot, or see an emerging buzz band, or if you’re willing to wait in a long line to get into the Spotify house, or the Pandora stage or the Hype Hotel, you might be able to see some big name rock bands or rappers along with bands your industry friends have declared the next big thing. It can get very complex very quickly.

Going into SXSW this year I had a list of 23 artists I wanted to see, and given I was at the festival for less time than usual, I knew a list of that size was over reaching. I managed to see about a dozen shows over the three days I was in Austin. Here’s some of the best things I saw. Continue reading →

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Check out a gallery of photos from the VuHaus SXSW showcase featuring Hinds, CHVRCHES, Lucius and more

Hinds | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Hinds | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

On Friday afternoon, the Public Radio Day Stage at Austin’s convention center hosted a fierce lineup of rock, electropop and soul with the VuHaus SXSW showcase. On the bill were Madrid-based indie rock four-piece Hinds, Brooklyn art-pop five-piece Lucius, Nigerian guitar wizard Bombino, UK soul machine The Heavy, Scottish dance-rock trio CHVRCHES and another electronic Englander, Jack Garratt, rounding out the lineup. You can watch videos from each artist’s set here, via VuHaus. Below, see a full gallery of photos from the day, care of The Key’s Hope Helmuth. Continue reading →

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Shack up with Savages, Eleanor Friedberger & Woods on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Savages | Photo by Dustin Cohen, courtesy of the artist
Savages | Photo by Dustin Cohen, courtesy of the artist

Not even the “Blizzard of the Century” can stop the Indie Rock Hit Parade from coming your way at 11pm ET tonight on WXPN! We’ve got plenty of sizzling treats to keep you warm, like an Album Spotlight on Adore Life, the new full-length from UK noise rockers Savages! Also some of these freshly roasted tracks will be in the mix, so look out below!

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Meet Hinds & Pay tribute to David Bowie on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Hinds | Photo by Salva Lopez, courtesy of the artist
Hinds | Photo by Salva Lopez, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Make sure you’re tuned in for this one, ’cause tonight’s show is a doozy. We’ve got brand new tracks from Yeasayer and Craft Spells, plus a spotlight on the debut album from Madrid’s Hinds! In the second hour, we’ll pay tribute to David Bowie, Hit Parade-style, with covers, remixes and tributes to the late icon.

Here’s a little sniff of what’s in store tonight:

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Real Gone: Shannon and the Clams, BATTLES & Sun Club on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Shannon And The Clams | Photo by Nadia Lee Cohen
Shannon And The Clams | Photo by Nadia Lee Cohen

Every Indie Rock Hit Parade is special in its own way, but tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is even more special than usual. Tune in tonight at 11pm ET (or better yet, stay tuned after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese) for a full two-hour Hit Parade, featuring things you might not believe. If you’re not familiar with the Oakland-based band Shannon and the Clams, we’ll set you right with a spotlight on the garage-punk trio’s new LP. There are also a ton of new tracks to dig into, so be on the lookout for a few of these in the mix:

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