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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Literature at Kung Fu Necktie, Satellite Hearts at Ortlieb’s, Greensky Bluegrass at Union Transfer

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Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman

This isn’t something we get to say very often: Literature play Kung Fu Necktie tonight before heading out on tour in Japan. The local indie pop outfit released its second full-length record Chorus in 2014, though Japanese label Waterslide Records picked it up for a physical release last year (along with the band’s debut LP Arab Spring). Get your Literature fix while you can; tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here. Check out “The Girl, The Gold Watch and Everything” below.

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Mercury Girls: A new retro-C86 project featuring Kevin Attics of Literature and Adrianne Gold

Adrienne Gold (photo by Chris Sikich) and Kevin Attics (photo by John Vettese) of Mercury Girls
Adrienne Gold (photo by Chris Sikich) and Kevin Attics (photo by John Vettese) of Mercury Girls

Philly power poppers Literature picked up some serious steam in 2014 with the release of their jangle-pop LP Chorus. They’re in the process of recording a new records, but in the meantime you can check out guitarist Kevin Attics’ throwback project Mercury Girls, featuring Adrianne Gold (formerly of Catnaps and Tender Vision).
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Watch Literature’s jangley BreakThru Radio session

Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman
Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman

Philadelphia jangle-pop group Literature took some time after playing the CMJ Music Marathon this fall to record a session for BreakThru Radio‘s Live Studio series. The power-pop (featuring Kevin Attics, Nathaniel Cardaci, Seth Whaland, and Chris Schackerman) performed “The English Softhearts” and “Jimmy” off their latest release, Chorus, and sat down with host Maia McDonald to answer questions about future plans, including the release of a split seven-inch in early 2015. Check out the session below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Literature at Johnny Brenda’s, Benjamin Booker at World Cafe Live, and Merchandise at First Unitarian Church

Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman
Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman
Philly indie pop foursome Literature will play Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The group’s classic 60’s style pop has been building buzz after the release of their sophomore album Chorus back in August, snagging attention from the likes of Stereogum and Pitchfork who commended them for their fresh take on a classic genre. The group’s quirky music is sure to entertain tonight. For more information on tonight’s show, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch them perform their song “Cincinnati” on a Ferris wheel below. Continue reading →
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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Literature

Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman
Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is with a band who are certainly no strangers to our studios. The Austin-born, Philly-based quartet Literature have stopped by several times over the years, most recently in May 2013 to test out material for their then-in-progress second album. That album, Chorus, was released earlier this summer on Slumberland Records. Continue reading →

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Hear Literature play live, plus new Death From Above 1979 and Ex Hex on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Death From Above 1979 | Photo courtesy of the artist
Death From Above 1979 | Photo courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is a special one indeed! Tune in to XPN at 10pm for a two-hour mix of brand new tracks and some old favorites, with a special spotlight on the newly released (and highly awaited) new album from Death From Above 1979! We’ll also hear a brand new Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session with the Philly quartet Literature! Don’t miss these new tracks, either:
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Double up with The New Pornographers & Ty Segall on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

The New Pornographers | Photo by Jason Creps
The New Pornographers | Photo by Jason Creps

It’s the Final Friday of the month, and that means it’s time for an hour-long ‘Compact’ Edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Tune in at 11pm (immediately following Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) for a very special bite-size show. We’ll be spotlighting not one but two newly-released albums: The New PornographersBrill Bruisers and Ty Segall‘s Manipulator! You’ll also hear a few of these new tracks in the mix:

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Get flashy with Beach Day, The New Pornographers & Literature on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Beach Day | Photo by Kimmy Drake
Beach Day | Photo by Kimmy Drake

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to the XPN airwaves tonight at 10pm! Tune in for a colossal assortment of brand new tracks from Beach Day, The New Pornographers, Tennis, Alvvays and more! And don’t miss our album spotlight on the newly released sophomore LP from Philly’s own Literature! Here’s a sampling of what’s in store tonight:

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