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I’m not bossy, I’m the boss: Speedy Ortiz, Waxahatchee & Jacco Gardner on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade

Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete
Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete

After a brief break, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is back and better than ever. Tune in at 11pm tonight (right after Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour edition with a lot of ground to cover. On tonight’s Weekly Album Spotlight, we’ll dig into Foil Deer, the newly released second album from Boston’s Speedy Ortiz. The band happens to be in town this weekend at Johnny Brenda’s, and word on the street is that they’ll be paying us a visit for an in-studio session, too! There are plenty more things to explore and discover on tonight’s show, like a few of these fresh gems:

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Take a nice big bite: The Mountain Goats, Hop Along & Young Guv on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

The Mountain Goats | Photo by Lissa Gottwals
The Mountain Goats | Photo by Lissa Gottwals

If you’re looking for action, look no further than tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN. Starting at 11pm, it’s a non-stop, two-hour showcase of some seriously great new releases (with a couple of old favorites thrown in for good measure). The centerpiece of tonight’s show is our Weekly Album Spotlight, where we’ll be hearing a few tracks from Beat The Champ, the new release from The Mountain Goats. Sure, this is their 15th full-length, but John Darnielle and company have become reinvigorated over the past few years, amping up production value and honing the wry and personal lyrics that have become the band’s trademark. Even if you’re not a fan of professional wrestling, you won’t be able to resist the self-examination and reflection (and hooks) to be found on Beat The Champ. Aside from that, we’ve got a stacked lineup of new tunes to get to, including a few of these.

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders

Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders | Photo by Eric Schuman
Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders | Photo by Eric Schuman

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade live session is with the Australian band Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders. To call this group the electro/dream pop vehicle for singer/guitarist Tim Rogers (a.k.a. Jack Ladder) would be putting it a bit too simply. Featuring several prolific musicians in its traveling roster, the Dreamlanders is just one outlet of a creative hive-mind. With the collaborative aid of guitarist Kirin J. Callinan, bassist Donny Benet, drummer Laurenz Pike and keyboardist Neal Sutherland, Jack Ladder brings songs from his new album, Playmates, to life in our studio.

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Dreams come true with Jack Ladder and Lower Dens on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders | Photo courtesy of the artist
Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders | Photo courtesy of the artist

When I finished listening to “Come On Back This Way” by Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders for the first time late last year, I immediately listened to it again. And again. So it’s very exciting for me to tell you that Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders are joining us tonight for a live set on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade. Tune in starting at 11pm for a full two-hour show, which will also feature a spotlight on the fantastic new album by Baltimore’s Lower Dens, Escape From Evil. If you liked the nervy krautrock of their last album, Nootropics, you might be in for a surprise as Lower Dens take on the darkwave sounds of the mid-’80s on this new release. Be sure to catch these new tracks in the mix, too:

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Dodos

Dodos | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Dodos | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade live session is with a band that has visited our studios several times since forming ten years ago. The Dodos are singer/guitarist Meric Long and drummer Logan Kroeber, and this year they released their sixth full-length album, Individ. Though they’ve been reliable mainstays of the San Francisco scene for a decade, the Dodos’ are hardly comfortable resting on past success. Though they’ve tried adding layers (and players) to their sound, the core duo of Long and Kroeber proves to be the band’s most powerful asset. Joined this time around by sound engineer Ian Pellecchi and his tasteful sampler manipulations, the Dodos sound reinvigorated in this sprawling live set. Continue reading →

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An outpour of drums and words: A preview of tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade with the Dodos and Courtney Barnett

Dodos | Photo by Chloe Aftel
Dodos | Photo by Chloe Aftel

We’re back for another Indie Rock Hit Parade tonight at 11pm on WXPN! This week’s show is full of old friends and new ones. Don’t miss our brand new session with the venerable San Francisco duo the Dodos. They’ll play songs from their latest album, Individ, live in our studio.

And if you’ve somehow waited this long to listen to Courtney Barnett‘s debut album, Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit, then you’re in luck. We’ll play a few songs from Courtney on our Weekly Album Spotlight.

Tune in for these new tracks, too:
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An upheaval of new music from Thee Oh Sees, Django Django and Jack Ladder on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Thee Oh Sees | Image courtesy of the artist
Thee Oh Sees | Image courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade offers up a non-stop cavalcade of new music tonight on XPN! Tune in at 11pm for, among other things, a spotlight on the new album from Australian synth-rockers Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders (highly recommended if you dig Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, btw). We’ll also premier several new tracks, including these:

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New music alert: Will Butler, Tame Impala, METZ and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Will Butler | Image courtesy of the artist
Will Butler | Image courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight with a smattering of brand new tracks for your ears and brain. Tune in to XPN starting at 11pm for a full two-hour show featuring, among other things, a spotlight on the solo debut from Arcade Fire’s Will Butler. We’ll also hear some of these smashing new tracks in the mix:

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Hear Broncho play live, spotlight on of Montreal and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Broncho | Photo by Courtney Lee Yip
Broncho | Photo by Courtney Lee Yip

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns from a brief break tonight at 11pm on XPN! We’ll make up for lost time in a big way, starting off with a new Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session featuring Oklahoma rockers Broncho! We’ll hear live performances of songs from the band’s latest album, Just Enough Hip To Be Woman. We’ll also spotlight the newest album from long-running indie favorites of Montreal, and we’ll hear a few of these new tracks in the mix:

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