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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Carol Cleveland Sings

Carol Cleveland Sings | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

For our first Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session of 2017, we’re delighted to be joined by Carol Cleveland Sings. A multimedia pop group, CCS is formed around the duo of Thomas Hughes (The Spinto Band, The Music Tapes) and singer-songwriter Gretchen Lohse. Along with keyboardist/drum programmer Eric Hartman, Hughes and Lohse brought the music of their album Effervescent Lure to our studios.

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Cloud Nothings | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is with Cleveland guitar-busters Cloud Nothings! Formed in 2009 as the bedroom-based solo project of guitarist Dylan Baldi, Cloud Nothings quickly evolved into a noise/punk/pop hybrid as its ranks grew to include permanent band members. Now featuring drummer Jayson Gerycz, bassist TJ Duke, and guitarist Chris Brown, Cloud Nothings are preparing to release their fourth full-length, Life Without Sound, in January 2017. While on a short warm-up tour in the late fall, Cloud Nothings came to our studios to record live takes of a few new tracks.

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Diarrhea Planet

Diarrhea Planet | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Diarrhea Planet | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Joining us in the studio for our newest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is a hard-rocking, hard-partying six-piece from Nashville. Diarrhea Planet formed in 2009 and released their third full-length album, Turn To Gold, earlier this year on the Infinity Cat label. Outside of their, ahem, attention-grabbing name, DP’s most prominent feature is the stacked lineup of no less than four lead guitarists. Jordan Smith, Brent Toler and Emmett Miller (who also share songwriting and lead vocal duties) are joined by fourth axeman Evan Bird as well as the locked-in rhythm section of bassist Mike Boyle and drummer Ian “Tuff Gus” Bush. The result is a little bit like watching your best friends try to keep pace with one another as they pile on riffs and licks with increasing dexterity.

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: P.S. Eliot

p.s. eliot | Photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
p.s. eliot | Photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is a very, very special one. Formed in 2007 by sisters Katie and Allison Crutchfield, p.s. eliot released several albums, EPs and singles before disbanding a few short years later. Katie went on to record as Waxahatchee and Allison formed numerous bands of her own, including Swearin‘ (and she’s about to launch her solo career with backing band The Fizz). Reuniting for a string of tour dates (including two sold out stops at PhilaMOCA), p.s. eliot stopped by our studios to play songs from their career-spanning archival release 2007-2011. Joining to Crutchfield twins are guitarist Will Granger and bassist Katherine Simonetti.

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Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Scantron

Scantron | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN
Scantron | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

Joining us for this latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is the Philly/Wilmington garage combo Scantron! Originally formed as the trio of Will Donnelly, James Everhart and George M. Murphy, Scantron recently added bassist Lucas Rinz as a permanent member. More than just a band (or just one band, for that matter), the boys also serve as producers and studio whiz-kids, working on records for other local underground bands. Additionally, most of the members pull double duty as players in Low Cut Connie and Satellite Hearts. In fact, Low Cut Connie’s Larry Scotton Jr. joins in the fun playing keyboards in our session.

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: La Sera

La Sera | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
La Sera | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade live session features the Los Angeles trio La Sera! La Sera formed as the solo project for bassist/singer Katy Goodman, back when she was performing with another trio, Vivian Girls. Goodman’s since released four albums under the La Sera name, each one showcasing a new set of styles and influences. The newest record, Music For Listening To Music To, was released earlier this year on Polyvinyl. The album is perhaps La Sera’s boldest statement, with its rollicking production supplied by Ryan Adams. Goodman, along with guitarist/singer Todd Wisenbaker (who produced La Sera’s previous album, Hour Of The Dawn) and drummer Brendan McCusker dropped by our studios between shows in New York and Washington, DC.

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Tacocat

Tacocat | Photo by Katie Tapman
Tacocat | Photo by Katie Tapman

It took us long enough, but it’s finally here: our first Indie Rock Hit Parade live session of 2016! This time, we were joined by the Seattle band Tacocat! The band formed back around 2008, and just released their third album, Lost Time. The album features the band’s smart and witty lyrics about a variety of topics including yuppies, The X-Files, internet commenters and more. Couple those with taut and fizzy instrumentation and you’ve got a record that’s as vivid as the band members themselves.

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Sun Club

Sun Club | Photo by Liz Waldie
Sun Club | Photo by Liz Waldie

Joining us in the studio for this Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is the Baltimore five-piece Sun Club. Formed a few years ago, Sun Club recently released their full-length debut album, The Dongo Durango (ATO Records). With Philly boys The Districts as their frequent touring companions, Sun Club have spent the better part of the last two years on the road, honing these new songs into a psychedelic frenzy.

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Nick Diamonds

Nick Diamonds | Photo by John Vettese
Nick Diamonds | Photo by John Vettese

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is with a very prolific artist who’s one of our favorites. These days, Nick Diamonds (or Nick Thorburn, whichever) keeps busy as the lead singer and songwriter of Islands, though his work in The Unicorns, Mister Heavenly as well as a side hustle soundtracking films and podcasts has garnered similar acclaim. On his latest outing, Diamonds is joined by Islands keyboardist Evan Gordon for a duo arrangement that’s anything but sparse. While live performances on the tour behind Diamonds’ new solo album, City Of Quartz, flirt with a near industrial vibe, our session is effervescent and charming.

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