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Celebrating 15 years of Making Time RADness

Shamir| Photo by John Vettese
Shamir| Photo by John Vettese

For the last several years, Philly DJ and party thrower Dave P has been gracing the airwaves monthly on WXPN with the broadcast version of Making Time, Making Time RADio. Way before the radio show, Making Time has been throwing incredible parties, live events with bands (before they were big) and deep-into-the-night dances that have become an institution in Philly. Continue reading →

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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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Fall for Father John Misty, of Montreal & Hot Chip on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Father John Misty | Photo by Emma Elizabeth Tillman
Father John Misty | Photo by Emma Elizabeth Tillman

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is back to fill your head with love. Tune in to WXPN at 11pm tonight for, among other things, a spotlight on the acclaimed new album from Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear. We’ll also hear a few of these heart-shaped tracks in the mix:

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XPoNential Fest: Lower Dens bring a breath of fresh air to the Marina Stage (photos, audio, setlist)

Baltimore natives Lower Dens graced the Marina stage at XPoNential Festival this afternoon. The band brought their synthy shoegaze vibes to XPo, which mellowed out the mood at the festival this afternoon. The quintet played a mix of chill tunes from their 1st release, 2010’s Twin Hand Movement, and their latest album, Nootropics, which came out this spring. Their chilly, atmospheric sound cooled down a rather hot afternoon at Wiggins Park, which was a welcomed breath of fresh air. Check out a photo gallery above, and the setlist below. Listen to the entire performance here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →

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Listen: Lower Dens’ “Candy” (playing WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival in July)

Photo by Shawn Brackbill

Baltimore’s Lower Dens are playing the XPoNential Music Festival at Wiggins Park on the Camden, NJ, Waterfront on Saturday, July 21st. The band recently released Nootropics. Lower Dens is fronted by Jana Hunter and the band’s new album captures a moody blend of psychedelia and indie prog-rock that brings to mind the work of brian Eno’s Another Green World and the Velvet Underground’s more atmospheric musical side. Go here to purchase weekend passes to the music festival.