So Fetch: A Giant Dog, The Julie Ruin & Holy Ghost! on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

A Giant Dog | Photo by Sean Daigle, courtesy of Merge Records
A Giant Dog | Photo by Sean Daigle, courtesy of Merge Records

Tonight we jump into a new month on the Indie Rock Hit Parade! Our first show of May begins shortly after Making Time RADio with Dave P, and features a ton of hot fresh tracks you can’t miss. We’ll spotlight fiery Texas rockers A Giant Dog, whose new album, Pile, is their first for Merge Records. Also in the mix are new tracks from Kathleen Hanna’s latest project The Julie Ruin, DFA favorites Holy Ghost! and gloomy UK post-punks Eagulls. Check out a few of the new things below…

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Just Announced: New Order and Holy Ghost will play The Mann Center on 7/26

NewOrder02PR011111British new wave group New Order will join Holy Ghost! at The Mann Center on July 26th.  Though the band went through a pair of long-winded break-ups, original New Order members Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and returned-keyboardist Gillian Gilbert brought in Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman in 2011 for a handful of international dates, which were followed up by the 2013 release of Lost Sirens.   The new album featured tracks that were not included on 2005’s Waiting for the Siren’s Call.  Known for their synthy dance jams, the Manchester-bred group set the record for the all-time best-selling 12″ release with their 1983 single “Blue Monday.”

The legendary dance group will be joined by their American 21st century contemporaries in Holy Ghost.  The Brooklyn duo, who are signed to James Murphy’s DFA Records, released their debut album in 2011 and their hooky, 80s keyboard / modern day hip hop influenced dance tracks caught on quickly.  The band will be working out some new music during this summer tour as they prepare their sophomore album.

Tickets for the July 26th show go on sale this Friday, April 19th.  More information will be available here.  Below, watch New Order perform “Bizarre Love Triangle” and check out Holy Ghost’s video for “I Will Come Back,” in which they “cover” New Order’s video for “Confusion.”


This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Holy Ghost! at Union Transfer, Nightlands at PhilaMOCA

Holy Ghost

In case you missed it, yacht house is now a genre of music. Or at least, that’s what techno-pop duo Holy Ghost! (and its contemporaries like Chromeo and Washed Out) would have you believe. After meeting in high school, band members Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser were first inspired by the day’s popular hip hop, eventually mixing those influences with a palate of ‘70s and ‘80s-era keyboard dance. Though not as innovative as James Murphy (founder of DFA Records, to which the band is signed, and the mastermind behind LCD Soundsystem), Holy Ghost! maintains a mostly sample-free existence, inching ahead of other neo-house acts who fail to make anything noteworthy or new. Original or not, the band’s self-titled debut album, which was released earlier this year, delivers many tunes for a good time—particularly if you find yourself on a boat. Holy Ghost! performs with Jessica 6, Midnight Magic, and Eli Escobar at 8:30 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $13-$15.—Marielle Mondon

Also Playing: Allman Brothers Band at Tower Theatre (7:30 p.m., $49.50–$125); Snowing + Algernon Cadwallader, 1994!, Glocca Morra, The World Is… at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Sick Of It All + Trapped Under Ice, Hundreth, Back Track, Take Offense, Betrayal at Broad Street Ministry (7 p.m., all ages $15)

Nightlands + Dustin Wong, Norwegian Arms at PhilaMOCA (all ages, $7–$10); Reading Rainbow + Woven Bones at Johnny Brenda’s (9:30 p.m., 21+, $10); The Bailey Hounds + Ruby The Hatchet, Wendy at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $8)

Simple Plan + Forever The Sickest Kids, The Cab, Marianas Trench at Electric Factory (6 p.m., all ages, $30.90)