The last time the Growlers were in town, they sold out Johnny Brenda’s. Tonight, they’re playing at Union Transfer, and it is sure to be a fun show. The “beach goth” five-piece, who is known for blending surf guitar reverb with ’80s post-punk, released their fifth studio album, Chinese Fountain, last month. Get tickets and more info on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
In October of last year, one of the most acclaimed indie rock bands of the nineties, Luna, announced they were reuniting a decade after their 2004 breakup. Formed by singer, songwriter and guitarist Dean Wareham after the breakup of Galaxie 500, with Stanley Demeski of The Feelies and Justin Harwood of The Chills, the band’s sound was guitar driven, dreamy, fuzzy, and intricate, highlighted by Wareham’s laconic vocals. Continue reading →
This Friday night, XPN kicks off a special Under The Covers weekend, and the Indie Rock Hit Parade is getting in on the fun! Starting at 11pm, the Indie Rock Hit Parade kicks off 2015 with two hours of covers from some of our favorite indie artists. We’ll hear songs by The Kinks, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush and others covered by often unlikely groups. We’ll also spotlight a few bands fronted by Dean Wareham, who has a long history of making other people’s songs his own. Here are a few things you might hear tonight:
Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade live session features a pioneering figure of our namesake genre. Dean Wareham formed Galaxie 500 in 1987. The trio split after four very productive years, leaving Dean to form his next band, Luna. Since Luna’s dissolution nearly 10 years ago, Dean has operated as an artist in flux (often alongside his wife, longtime bassist Britta Phillips). Having recently released his first ever solo album, Dean and his band came to our studio for a characteristically graceful and understated performance.
Joining Dean and Britta in the band are drummer Roger Brogan and guitarist Raymond Richards. The quartet’s experience on the road, mixed with their combined years in the music business, results in a set of songs that feels loose and lived-in. The session begins with a countrified take on “Holding Pattern,” a song Dean wrote while on the road. Tour destinations, classic rock bands and sports scores swirl together into a blur of names and places. “Heartless People,” which also appears on Dean’s new album, was written by Michael Holland of the North Carolina band Jennyanykind. Dean and the band make the song their own, with a subtly repetitive guitar figure and gliding rhythm. Rounding out the session is a version of a Luna classic, “Tiger Lily.” The song originally appeared on the band’s second album, Bewitched, released in 1994. Twenty years on, and the song (like Wareham himself) is as charming and effortlessly cool as ever.
Stream and download the complete Dean Wareham Indie Rock Hit Parade Session!
Tonight, we’ve got perhaps the most exciting, action-packed edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade in history! Tune in tonight starting at 10 p.m. (after the November edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P) for a full two-hour show that will include these special features and more:
Our very first Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session with Aussie popsters Cub Sport!
Selections from ArcadeFire’s fantastic new album, Reflektor!
An Indie Rock salute to the late great Lou Reed, featuring Luna, Jonathan Richman and a rare pre-Velvet Underground recording from Lou himself!
And if that wasn’t enough, here are a few new songs you might just hear in the mix: