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Love & Other Liquids: PILL, Father John Misty and Warpaint on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

PILL | Photo by Peter Senzamici, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight with an all-new show that’s sure to tickle you. Tune in at 11pm ET on WXPN for a full-two hour mess of new tracks, including a spotlight on Convenience, the debut album from NY noise-punks PILL. If you’re a fan of the brash but poetic ‘no wave’ scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s, you’ll find PILL’s combination of sexually charged, confrontational lyrics and blaring saxophone to be the perfect prescription (boooooo). Also in the mix are new tracks from some familiar faces, some of whom have been out of the spotlight longer than others. Bon Iver announced a mystical new record, Warpaint‘s got a dark and groovy “New Song,” and Father John Misty does what he does best. Check out a preview of those tracks below:

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Album Spotlight Alert! Thee Oh Sees, of Montreal, Field Mouse and Best of 2016 (so far) on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Thee Oh Sees | Photo courtesy of the artist

This week’s Indie Rock Hit Parade, like most weeks’, is a special one. Tonight’s show (starting at 11pm ET on WXPN, right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese), will spotlight not one, not two, but fifteen releases from 2016! We’ll dig into a few newly released albums, namely those from fuzz freaks Thee Oh Sees, celebrated funk-twisters of Montreal, gut-punch punks Field Mouse and more, plus hear from some of the year’s most exceptional recordings so far. It shouldn’t surprise you that we’ll get to tracks from Parquet Courts, Big Thief and Car Seat Headrest, but there might also be a few albums in the mix whose initial releases you might have missed. It’s part best of, part new music showcase, part treasure hunt. It’s the Indie Rock Hit Parade, and it’s coming for you.

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Tween Dream: New Wye Oak, Guided By Voices & Pill on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Wye Oak | Photo by Natasha Tylea, courtesy of the artist
Wye Oak | Photo by Natasha Tylea, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is headed your way tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Embrace it.

On tonight’s show, we’ll spotlight the newest release from Baltimore favorites Wye Oak. Tween is the duo’s latest release, and it collects tracks from, yes, between their two most recent full-lengths. We’ll hear a couple of these rarities tonight, plus new tracks from Guided By Voices, Preoccupations and Pill. To name just a few, that is. Check out some of the new tracks below:

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Masterpiece: Big Thief LIVE plus new Wye Oak, of Montreal & Todd Terje on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Big Thief | Photo by Sasha Arutyunova, courtesy of the artist
Big Thief | Photo by Sasha Arutyunova, courtesy of the artist

We’ve got a very special treat for you on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade! Listen in starting at 11pm ET on WXPN (that’s right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese, you know) for a full two-hour show that’ll kick off with a phenomenal live performance. The New York band Big Thief recently played an opening slot for Nada Surf at World Cafe Live Philadelphia, and we were there to record it all! Hear Big Thief play songs from their newly released debut Masterpiece LIVE on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade! Also in the mix are new tracks from Baltimore’s Wye Oak, Norwegian DJ Todd Terje and Nashville sludge-popsters Diarrhea Planet. Check out a few of the new things below…

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A scandalous night with Of Montreal at the Chameleon Club

Of Montreal / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Of Montreal / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

“I like the name Lancaster… maybe I will change my name to Lancaster!”

Mad Max, a character dressed in a red and black body suit adorned with a cape and top hat, mulled this over in the midst of a rant about letting opossums loose in the crowd to pet, and cuddling the audience to sleep “just to wake up in his basement of love.” A little odd for Kevin Barnes’ introduction, but I don’t think the crowd at the Chameleon minded too much. Eccentric was what they came for. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Trail of Dead at Underground Arts, of Montreal at Chameleon Club

And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

Austin indie rock adventurers …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead headline Underground Arts tonight. Their sound has traveled many avenues but always hit hard in the past efforts, but 2014’s IX was inspired by Philly’s own The War on Drugs. In an interview with Echoes and Dust, Jason Reece said the band’s last two records were an influence:

This layered Krautrock kind of vibe. We were thinking of Echo And The Bunnymen, Ocean Rain. These dense and bigger sounding albums. We were kind of into some 80’s music, Psychedelic Furs. Which is funny cause we’re not really a band that’s into the new wave sound, I don’t think we’ve ever made an 80’s sounding record. That’s kind of what we were jamming out to, the early 80’s sounds.

Opening the show is Philly’s Pine Barons; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Of Montreal at Union Transfer, No Good Sister at Johnny Brenda’s, Fort Lean at Ortlieb’s and more…

Of Montreal
Of Montreal | photo via Facebook

Of Montreal perform at Union Transfer tonight in support of their new Aureate Gloom LP. It’s the thirteenth studio record from the Athens, Georgia band, showing a continued focus on evolving their sound and keeping up an element of surprise. Aureate Gloom streamed on NPR Music’s First Listen ahead of its release last week and has already received praise from publications like Pitchfork and Rolling Stone. Listen to “Empyrean Abattoir” below and pick up tickets for the concert here.

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Hear Broncho play live, spotlight on of Montreal and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Broncho | Photo by Courtney Lee Yip
Broncho | Photo by Courtney Lee Yip

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns from a brief break tonight at 11pm on XPN! We’ll make up for lost time in a big way, starting off with a new Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session featuring Oklahoma rockers Broncho! We’ll hear live performances of songs from the band’s latest album, Just Enough Hip To Be Woman. We’ll also spotlight the newest album from long-running indie favorites of Montreal, and we’ll hear a few of these new tracks in the mix:

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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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of Montreal brings their lively and colorful show to Union Transfer

of Montreal | photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com
of Montreal | photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

A costumed figure appeared in a steampunk-esque luchador outfit, introducing his “brother,” Kevin Barnes to the Union Transfer stage. Barnes’ long-running Athens act of Montreal opened their show with bright psychedelic lights, and ended with, well, psychedelic lights. But not the typical dubstep tripped-out beams of color, these were filled with spinning eyeballs and kaleidoscope patterns. Of Montreal played favorites off of their 2007 LP Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, sprinkling in some new singles from their 2013 release, Lousy with Sylvianbriar. Barnes pranced and jumped around the stage, clanking his tambourine, as his projected silhouette followed each dance move. Fans were yanked out of the crowd for getting a little too high; others crowd-surfed to the foot of the stage.

Oakland synth-queen Liz Wolf opened the show under her moniker Dream Tiger, and the crowd was entranced with her darkwave songs of narcissism and heartbreak. Her voice was eerie voice and a haunting red glow enveloped stage. Check out photos from both sets in the gallery below.