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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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High Notes: La Sera plays LIVE! Plus new PUP, Unknown Mortal Orchestra & The Kills on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

La Sera | Photo by Julie Brokaw, courtesy of the artist
La Sera | Photo by Julie Brokaw, courtesy of the artist

It’s time for another Indie Rock Hit Parade on 88.5 XPN! Tune in tonight at 11pm ET (that’s right after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake, ya know!) for a full two-hour show that’s overloaded with brand new stuff.

First up, we’ll share our newest IRHP Live Studio Session with La Sera! The LA-based band is the long-running solo venture for ex-Vivian Girls bassist Katy Goodman. La Sera plays songs from their new, Ryan Adams-produced album, Music For Listening To Music To, live in the studio! Also in store tonight, a spotlight on the new second album from the Canadian punk band PUP, and a few of these fresh tracks:

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Cool Intentions: Islands, Speedy Ortiz & James Blake on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Islands | Photo by Christian Faustus, courtesy of the artist
Islands | Photo by Christian Faustus, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN (right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese, of course!). Tonight’s show is a special one, thanks in part to a very unique Album Spotlight I’ve got lined up. When we last heard from our friend Nick “Diamonds” Thorburn, he was out doing a solo thing that resulted in a seriously groovy IRHP session. He also hinted that his next project would be recording and releasing TWO new albums with his main band, Islands. Those two albums, Taste and Should I Remain Here At Sea?, are both out today, and we’ll hear selections from each on tonight’s show. There are also plenty of new singles to get to, namely ones from fellow IRHP Session vets Speedy Ortiz, UK electro-soulster James Blake and the monumental return of The Stone Roses. Check out a few of those below:

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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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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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Lost Time: Tacocat LIVE, King Gizzard and Kyle Craft on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Tacocat | photo by Michael Lavine, courtesy of the artist
Tacocat | photo by Michael Lavine, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to the studio tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Listen right after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake for an all-new two-hour show featuring our first IRHP Live Session of 2016! The Seattle band Tacocat are our guests, and they’ll play songs from their extra fun and fizzy new album Lost Time, live in our studio! Be sure to listen for our Weekly Album Spotlight on the heady new record from Australian psych-freaks King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Nonagon Infinity. As if that weren’t enough for you (which it isn’t, I know), we’ll hear a few of these new tracks in the mix as well:

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Real Animal: Deakin, Broncho & Pity Sex on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Deakin | photo courtesy of the artist
Deakin | photo courtesy of the artist

Your Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! That means it’s time for another two hour extravaganza featuring a ton of brand new tracks that will make your night and (if you play your cards right) your life a whole lot more special. Take, for example, our weekly Album Spotlight on the solo debut from Josh Dibb a.k.a. Deakin of Animal Collective. We’ll hear a few tracks from his spacey new album Sleep Cycle. Also in mix are a few of these new tracks that you’ll definitely want to be on the lookout for…

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Autodrama: Puro Instinct, Deakin & Nothing on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Puro Instinct | Photo by Mark Squires, courtesy of the artist
Puro Instinct | Photo by Mark Squires, courtesy of the artist

I’ll be honest: Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is a little all over the map. Tune in at 11pm ET on WXPN to hear how things shake out. With more individual tracks coming out this week than full-length albums, we’ll forego the tradition spotlight feature in favor of a smattering of fresh new singles. We’ll hear gauzy pop from the sister duo Puro Instinct, the solo debut from Animal Collective guitarist Deakin, and a blast of noise energy from Philly’s own Nothing. And that’s just a sample! Preview those tracks below…

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SWEEP! Parquet Courts, Woods & John Congleton on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Parquet Courts | Photo by Ben Rayner, courtesy of the artist
Parquet Courts | Photo by Ben Rayner, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade comes your way tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Make sure you’re listening, because this was another big week for new album and song releases. So big, in fact, that we’ll have another DOUBLE Album Spotlight on the show! Not only will we hear new tracks from Parquet Courts‘ much-anticipated Human Performance, but we’ll dive into City Sun Eater In The River Of Light, the newest album from Woods. But that’s just the start! There are new tracks from Car Seat Headrest, Whitney, Moonface and more, so check out a little preview below:

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Fools Gold: Bleached, Black Mountain & Operators on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Bleached | Photo by Nicole Anne Robbins, courtesy of the artist
Bleached | Photo by Nicole Anne Robbins, courtesy of the artist

Don’t be some kind of April Fool: Listen to the Indie Rock Hit Parade, tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! You might have noticed that something like a metric TON of new albums came out today. We’ll throw the spotlight on not one but TWO new releases: Welcome The Worms by L.A. garage-punks Bleached and IV by Vancouver’s riff-monsters Black Mountain. As if that weren’t enough for you (which it isn’t, let’s be honest), we’ll hear new tracks from Yeasayer, Operators, Car Seat Headrest and more! Check out a few of the things you’ll hear in the mix below…

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