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Wye Oh Wye: Flock of Dimes, LVL UP and Beach Slang on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Flock of Dimes | Photo by Paley Fairman, courtesy of the artist
Flock of Dimes | Photo by Paley Fairman, courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade has just the thing for you. That is, if the thing you need happens to be a wide variety of brand new music tunes. Listen in at 11pm ET on WXPN for a full two-hour show that, among other things, will feature TWO spotlights on newly released albums. First up is If You See Me, Say Hello, the debut album from Flock Of Dimes. Flock Of Dimes is the on again-off again solo project of Jann Wasner, better known as one half of Wye Oak. We’ll also hear tracks from the Sub Pop debut of NY’s wooly guitar crushers LVL UP. The band has been making retro-minded and forward-thinking music for several years, and Return To Love is easily their best record yet. Also in the mix, new things from Philly punks Beach Slang, eclectic shoegazers Slothrust and jangle purveyors EZTV. Preview some of those below…

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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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Incoherent Love Songs: P.S. Eliot reunite LIVE on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

p.s. eliot | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN
p.s. eliot | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is even more special than usual, and it’s all thanks to our latest Live Studio Session. Listen in at 11pm ET on WXPN (shortly after the September edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P) for, among other things, a live session with p.s. eliot. The band, formed by twin sisters Katie “Waxahatchee” and Allison “Swearin’/The Fizz” Crutchfield, are currently on a short reunion tour commemorating a new reissue of their entire recorded output, 2007-2011. They stopped by our studios to warm up and play a few of the beloved band’s songs live. There’s a lot of excitement around this session, and you can see why thanks to our friends at NPR Music and Vuhaus, who are hosting a video clip of one of the session’s songs. Check that out HERE.

Also in the mix tonight, a spotlight on the new album from noisy NY/Philly rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars, swirling psych from Montreal’s Elephant Stone and the first-ever solo song from Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon released under her own name. Preview those (and more) below…

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Back on the Bandwagon: Teenage Fanclub, Ian Sweet and Flock of Dimes on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Teenage Fanclub | Photo by Donald Milne, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade simply can’t be stopped! We’ve got another full, two-hour show on tap for you tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN (which just so happens to be right after the September edition of What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese, ya know). Make sure you’re tuned in, fired up and wigged out, because there’s a lot to get to this week. First and foremost, there’s our weekly Album Spotlight where, this time around, we’ll hear a couple of tracks from Here, the newly released 10th album from Scottish jangle-pop legends Teenage Fanclub. Here is a breezy delight, as you might expect. Also in the mix, we’ll get to the debut from outsider-popsters Ian Sweet, Jenn Wasner’s electrifying solo debut as Flock Of Dimes, and a punishingly epic track from the new Preoccupations album that features guest vocals (somewhere in the mix) from Wolf Parade/Operators guy Dan Boeckner. Preview some of the new stuff below…

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Shut Up, Kiss Me: Angel Olsen, Selector Dub Narcotic & Jacuzzi Boys on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Angel Olsen
Angel Olsen | photo by Amanda Marsalis | courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is headed your way tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Rather than duck in your indie rock-proof subterranean bunker, listen in for a full-two hour show that has some very interesting things going on. Since we’ll be knee-deep in our XPN Long Hots Labor Day Weekend special, we’ll hear a few supersized jams from Panda Bear and The Juan Maclean. We’ve got another Album Spotlight to get to; this time on the new album from chameleonic singer-songwriter Angel Olsen. My Woman, her third full-length, is a wild masterwork of ballads, boppers and rockers, and we’ll dig into it in the second hour of tonight’s show. In the mix you’ll also hear new tracks from Swedish politi-shoegazers The Radio Dept., Florida party-crashers Jacuzzi Boys and Montreal psych-conjurers Elephant Stone. Check out those tunes below…

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Weather Radio: Pylon LIVE plus Peel Sessions & new Sad13 and Teenage Fanclub on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Pylon at the Mad Hatter, 1983 | Courtesy of Bob Hay

The Indie Rock Hit Parade comes to you tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! That’s right after a special all-Peel Sessions edition of Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake, and the Hit Parade is going to act as the perfect chaser. More specifically, we’ll be featuring a few more Peel Session recordings from Sonic Youth and Belle & Sebastian. There’s also this week’s Album Spotlight, where we’ll dig into a newly released archival recording of Athens, GA indie pioneers Pylon. Recorded in December 1983 at the Mad Hatter club in Athens, Pylon Live captures what would be the band’s final performance. Also in the mix are brand new tracks from Scottish jangle vets Teenage Fanclub, Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis’ new solo bumper as Sad13, and the Sub Pop debut of NY guitar-kickers LVL UP! Check out some of those below:

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Love & Other Liquids: PILL, Father John Misty and Warpaint on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

PILL | Photo by Peter Senzamici, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight with an all-new show that’s sure to tickle you. Tune in at 11pm ET on WXPN for a full-two hour mess of new tracks, including a spotlight on Convenience, the debut album from NY noise-punks PILL. If you’re a fan of the brash but poetic ‘no wave’ scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s, you’ll find PILL’s combination of sexually charged, confrontational lyrics and blaring saxophone to be the perfect prescription (boooooo). Also in the mix are new tracks from some familiar faces, some of whom have been out of the spotlight longer than others. Bon Iver announced a mystical new record, Warpaint‘s got a dark and groovy “New Song,” and Father John Misty does what he does best. Check out a preview of those tracks below:

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Album Spotlight Alert! Thee Oh Sees, of Montreal, Field Mouse and Best of 2016 (so far) on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Thee Oh Sees | Photo courtesy of the artist

This week’s Indie Rock Hit Parade, like most weeks’, is a special one. Tonight’s show (starting at 11pm ET on WXPN, right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese), will spotlight not one, not two, but fifteen releases from 2016! We’ll dig into a few newly released albums, namely those from fuzz freaks Thee Oh Sees, celebrated funk-twisters of Montreal, gut-punch punks Field Mouse and more, plus hear from some of the year’s most exceptional recordings so far. It shouldn’t surprise you that we’ll get to tracks from Parquet Courts, Big Thief and Car Seat Headrest, but there might also be a few albums in the mix whose initial releases you might have missed. It’s part best of, part new music showcase, part treasure hunt. It’s the Indie Rock Hit Parade, and it’s coming for you.

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Where You Been: New Dinosaur Jr, Helado Negro & Nots on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Dinosaur Jr | Photo by Levi Walton, courtesy of the artist
Dinosaur Jr | Photo by Levi Walton, courtesy of the artist

It’s Friday (again) and that means it’s time (again) for the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN (again)! On tonight’s full two-hour show (starting shortly after Making Time RADio with Dave P), we’ll get to so many new tracks that you won’t know what to do with yourself. Anchoring this week’s IRHP is a spotlight on Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not, the newest album from Dinosaur Jr. The Amherst trio’s original lineup famously reformed a decade ago, and this new album is the fourth to come from this fruitful reunion. Also in the mix are new tracks from Memphis lo-fi punks Nots, Florida’s premier Ecuadorian-American electro wizard Helado Negro, Philly’s own noisemakers Purling Hiss and more! Preview out those new tunes below….

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(Un)certainty: New Jagwar Ma, Bat For Lashes and The Lemon Twigs on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Jagwar Ma | Photo courtesy of the artist
Jagwar Ma | Photo courtesy of the artist

After an off week (to make time for that sweet, sweet XPNFest action), the Indie Rock Hit Parade is BACK! Listen at 11pm ET tonight, right after Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake, for a full two-hour return that’s bursting at the seams with brand new music. In the mix this for this week’s show are new tracks from Australia’s premier psych-dance troupe Jagwar Ma, teenage guitar poppers The Lemon Twigs, master of drama Bat For Lashes and much more. Check out those tracks and others below:

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