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Agent Intellect: Protomartyr, Low & PWR BTTM on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Protomartyr | Photo by Zak Bratto
Protomartyr | Photo by Zak Bratto

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade might not be a milestone like last week’s 100th Episode, but it’s certainly no slouch when it comes to great new tracks. Stay tuned after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese for a full two-hour IRHP, featuring a spotlight on the new album from Detroit post-punks Protomartyr. We’ll also introduce you to some new bands with names like PWR BTTM, Expert Alterations and Death By Unga Bunga. Intrigued? You should be…

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Nick Diamonds

Nick Diamonds | Photo by John Vettese
Nick Diamonds | Photo by John Vettese

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is with a very prolific artist who’s one of our favorites. These days, Nick Diamonds (or Nick Thorburn, whichever) keeps busy as the lead singer and songwriter of Islands, though his work in The Unicorns, Mister Heavenly as well as a side hustle soundtracking films and podcasts has garnered similar acclaim. On his latest outing, Diamonds is joined by Islands keyboardist Evan Gordon for a duo arrangement that’s anything but sparse. While live performances on the tour behind Diamonds’ new solo album, City Of Quartz, flirt with a near industrial vibe, our session is effervescent and charming.

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Celebrate the 100th Indie Rock Hit Parade with Nick Diamonds (LIVE) plus new music and cherished memories!

Nick Diamonds | Photo by Juliette Cassidy
Nick Diamonds | Photo by Juliette Cassidy

You read that right! Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is the show’s 100th full episode! Sure, there have been some diversions and excursions along the way, but a celebration is a celebration, right? Right. So, in honor of this milestone, we’re going to spend tonight’s full, two hour show doing what we do best. Tune in at 11pm ET for a brand new live session with one of our favorite people, Nick Diamonds! You might know Nick as the brains behind bands like Islands and The Unicorns, and you won’t want to miss an incredibly fun performance of songs from his new solo album, City Of Quartz. Speaking of IRHP Sessions, we’ll hear a few favorite tracks recorded live for us over the past few years. Plus we’ll turn the clock all the way back to Episode 1 and hear the first set of music ever played on the show! And since it wouldn’t be an Indie Rock Hit Parade without a ton of new music, be on the lookout for a few of these new tracks in the mix:

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Come Alive: Eternal Summers LIVE, Nick Diamonds and Jamie xx on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Eternal Summers | Photo by Brett Winter Lemon
Eternal Summers | Photo by Brett Winter Lemon

It’s been about a year since our friends Eternal Summers released an album, so that must mean it’s time for them to release another album! We’ll be joined yet again by the Roanoke trio on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade, as they play songs from their newly released LP, Gold And Stone, live in our studio. Tonight’s full two-hour show also features a spotlight on City Of Quartz, the new solo album from Nick “Diamonds” Thorburn (Islands, The Unicorns). Plus a few of these selections in the mix:

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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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