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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Dean Wareham

photo by Eric Schuman
photo by Eric Schuman

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade live session features a pioneering figure of our namesake genre. Dean Wareham formed Galaxie 500 in 1987. The trio split after four very productive years, leaving Dean to form his next band, Luna. Since Luna’s dissolution nearly 10 years ago, Dean has operated as an artist in flux (often alongside his wife, longtime bassist Britta Phillips). Having recently released his first ever solo album, Dean and his band came to our studio for a characteristically graceful and understated performance.

Joining Dean and Britta in the band are drummer Roger Brogan and guitarist Raymond Richards. The quartet’s experience on the road, mixed with their combined years in the music business, results in a set of songs that feels loose and lived-in. The session begins with a countrified take on “Holding Pattern,” a song Dean wrote while on the road. Tour destinations, classic rock bands and sports scores swirl together into a blur of names and places. “Heartless People,” which also appears on Dean’s new album, was written by Michael Holland of the North Carolina band Jennyanykind. Dean and the band make the song their own, with a subtly repetitive guitar figure and gliding rhythm. Rounding out the session is a version of a Luna classic, “Tiger Lily.” The song originally appeared on the band’s second album, Bewitched, released in 1994. Twenty years on, and the song (like Wareham himself) is as charming and effortlessly cool as ever.

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A session with Dean Wareham, a spotlight on Woods and much more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Dean Wareham | Photo courtesy of the artist
Dean Wareham | Photo courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is packed to the gills with special fun! Tune in to XPN at 10pm as we dig into countless new releases and share some exclusive features. First, it’s a live in-studio session with the legendary Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500/Luna), then we’ll get to a spotlight on the newly released album from Woods, With Light And With Love! Here are a few more things you’ll hear in the mix tonight:

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Get hip to new sounds from tUnE-yArDs, EMA, The Afghan Whigs and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

tUnE-yArDs | Photo By Holly Andres
tUnE-yArDs | Photo By Holly Andres

Another action-packed Indie Rock Hit Parade is in your immediate future! Tune in to XPN tonight at 10pm for a full, two-hour mix of brand new tracks (and a couple of old favorites, too). We’ll spotlight the newly released sophomore album from EMA (that’s Erika M. Anderson), The Future’s Void, and meet a couple of truly outstanding up-and-comers. Here are a few songs you’ll hear in the mix tonight:

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Eternal Summers

Photo by Eric Schuman
Photo by Eric Schuman

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade session features some old friends of ours: the Roanoke band Eternal Summers! Initially forming as a duo, guitarist Nicole Yun and drummer Daniel Cundiff added bassist Jonathan Woods to the lineup a few years ago. With the added low-end came a renewed attitude and approach, heard quite powerfully on the band’s latest album, The Drop Beneath.

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Hear Eternal Summers play live, discover Cloud Nothings, tUnE-yArDs & Slasher Flicks on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Cloud Nothings | Photo by Pooneh Ghana
Cloud Nothings | Photo by Pooneh Ghana

It’s another jam-packed Indie Rock Hit Parade tonight at 10pm on XPN! Listen in for our latest IRHP Live Session, as we welcome the Virginia trio Eternal Summers to the studio! We’ll hear the band perform tracks from their newest album, The Drop Beneath! Plus, a few of these recordings will be in the mix:

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Get weird with new music from Dum Dum Girls, Liars, Cloud Nothings and more on tonight’s “Compact” Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Dum Dum Girls | Image courtesy of the artist
Dum Dum Girls | Image courtesy of the artist

Another month brings us to another Final Friday which, in turn, brings us to another one-hour ‘Compact’ edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Stay tuned after Robert Drake’s Land of the Lost for a showcase of new and exciting tracks that have been boiled down to their highest concentration of cool. Here are a few of the things you’ll hear in the mix tonight starting at 11pm:

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The Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Sessions: Special Explosion

Special Explosion | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Special Explosion | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Seattle emo four-piece Special Explosion paid a visit to WXPN studios on March 2, 2014, just after playing their first Philadelphia show at PhilaMOCA. In this live session recorded for the Indie Rock Hit Parade, the band kicked things off with a performance of “Clotheslined” – the outstanding single that bridges Death Cab and Ida, heard on their The Art of Mothering EP released this year on Topshelf Records. They also debuted new song called “Martians Are From Mars,” and played the two-part title track. Listen to the session and grab a free download below, and check out the gallery for scenes of the band in our studio.