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Oh No! Scantron play LIVE plus The Julie Ruin and Blood Orange on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

The Julie Ruin | Photo by Shervin Lainez, courtesy of the artist
The Julie Ruin | Photo by Shervin Lainez, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight tonight TONIGHT! Listen in at 11pm ET (or better yet, keep on listening after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese) for a brand new two-hour show In the mix is our latest IRHP Live Session featuring the Philly/Wilmington garage combo Scantron! The band features more than a few members of Low Cut Connie and Satellite Hearts, and they’ll play a bunch of rip-roaring new songs live in our studio. In the second hour, our Weekly Album Spotlight shines on Hit Reset, the new album from The Julie Ruin. At the core of this band is Kathleen Hanna and Kathi Wilcox, who were previously members of the iconic punk band Bikini Kill. We’ll also get to new tracks from Dev Hynes a.k.a. Blood Orange, Cerise (produced by Joseph Arthur), Jenny Lewis‘ new band N.A.F. and more! Check out a few of those below…

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Just Announced: Jenny Lewis will headline The Grand in Wilmington this September

Jenny Lewis | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com
Jenny Lewis | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com

Since re-emerging a couple years ago with The Voyager, Jenny Lewis has been on a heck of a roll when it comes to live gigs – from XPoNential to Union Transfer to Union Transfer again (with the Watson Twins, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Rabbit Fur Coat) and now at Wilmington’s elegant Grand Opera House.

Lewis will headline The Grand on Friday, September 16th; tickets go on sale this Friday, April 29th, at 10 a.m. Continue reading →

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NAF (Jenny Lewis, Erika Spring, and Tennessee Thomas) added to M. Ward show at UT in May

Jenny Lewis | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com
Jenny Lewis | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com

According to Brooklyn Vegan, Jenny Lewis, Erika Spring of Au Revoir Simone, and Tennessee Thomas of The Like performed together last night for the first time as NAF (short for Nice As Fuck) at a Bernie Sanders benefit show in New York. So So Glos and Wild Belle also played.

The supergroup trio will continue to play together as Nice As Fuck and they’ll be going on the road with M. Ward for his More Rain tour, which includes his stop at Union Transfer on Monday, May 2nd. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Songs of the Week: The War On Drugs, Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis cover the Grateful Dead

Photo by Kate McCann | http://katemccannphotography.com/index2.php#!/HOME
The War on Drugs | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN

A highly anticipated collection of covers of Grateful Dead songs, Day Of The Dead, is being released on May 20th. Curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, the all-star collection features 59 songs, with contributions by The Lone Bellow, Jim James, Wilco, the Flaming Lips, Mumford and Sons, Kurt Vile, Lucius, Lucinda Williams, Bela Fleck and many others. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: XPN Welcomes Jenny Lewis to Union Transfer on February 2nd

Jenny Lewis | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com
Jenny Lewis | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com

Hypothetical question for you this morning: if real life is like Bill Murray, and there’s a concert on Groundhog Day with Jenny Lewis headlining Union Transfer, does that mean that the acclaimed indie rock singer-songwriter will play Philly for all of eternity? I would be so down with that. Continue reading →

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Jenny Lewis brings rainbows and euphoria to Union Transfer

Jenny Lewis | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com
Jenny Lewis | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

I like to think that, even if her job was being the polar opposite of a musician (earplug fitter, I suppose), Jenny Lewis would still find use for a rainbow pantsuit. Her Technicolor garb matches the widescreen sound she’s explored since the last days of Rilo Kiley, right up to this year’s stellar solo effort The Voyager. Lewis brought an abridged version of her lively stage show to our XPoNential Music Festival this past summer, which featured guest appearances by members of Dawes and The Voyager‘s producer, Ryan Adams. Back on her own (and aided by a real wrecking crew of a backing band), Lewis returned on an unseasonably balmy evening for a sold-out show at Union Transfer. Continue reading →

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Bask in the glow of Jenny Lewis, Zammuto and TV On The Radio on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Jenny Lewis | Photo by Autumn de Wilde
Jenny Lewis | Photo by Autumn de Wilde

We’re back to full power on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade! That is, we’ve got a full two-hour show to share with you starting at 10pm on XPN. Tonight, we’ll spotlight the new album from Zammuto, the solo project of Nick Zammuto (ex-The Books) and hear brand new tracks from TV On The Radio, Lia Ices, The New Pornographers and more!

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XPNFest Recap: Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis and Dawes capped an exuberant second day at SBC

Ryan Adams | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Ryan Adams | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

If that image of Ryan Adams in Rock God stance doesn’t give you an indication, the closing trifecta of XPoNential Music Festival day two was high-energy and memorable. A sizable crowd filled out the theater and lawn of the Susquehanna Bank Center to watch as Adams was joined by Jenny Lewis and Dawes to jam out into the breezy Saturday night. Continue reading →

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Listen to Jenny Lewis’s new album, The Voyager in its entirety; see her this weekend at #XPNfest

Jenny Lewis | photo courtesy of the artist
Jenny Lewis | photo courtesy of the artist
Jenny Lewis releases her new albun, The Voyager, next Tuesday, however you listen to the album in its entirety via NPR Music here. Lewis will likely be playing some of her new material this coming Saturday night, July 26th at the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. Lewis is performing with Dawes and Ryan Adams at the Susquehanna Bank Center.

Writing about the new album Ann Powers from NPR Music says:

Like Lewis’ great 2006 album with The Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat, The Voyager plays the way a short-story collection reads, its disparate narratives united by musical and lyrical undertones. This time, Lewis goes not for country-music references, but for a wider palette that pays tribute to the history of studio rock. She chose to make The Voyager with Ryan Adams as producer because she loved his Pax Am studio, which is tricked out with gear that dates from the 1960s to the present. Lewis and Adams took full advantage; their arrangements move through time without ever getting stuck in one era. “Head Underwater” recalls the New Wave sounds of The Motels and Aimee Mann’s first band, Til Tuesday; “Slippery Slopes” rides a Tom Petty-worthy chord progression. “You Can’t Outrun ‘Em” cultivates the surf sound Lewis touched on in her duo with Johnathan Rice, Jenny and Johnny. “Love U Forever” steals its opening riff from classic rock’s ultimate studio band, Cream. “Searching for LB” connects Lewis to her own past; it would fit on her former band Rilo Kiley’s finest album, More Adventurous.

Listen to The Voyager here.

Get weekend passes to the #XPNfest here.