“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 →
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
Athens Georgia, psych-pop outfit Of Montreal brought their ever-evolving, organically pensive sound to World Cafe Live’s stage, packing Friday’s Free At Noon performance. Showcasing songs from their latest release Lousy With Sylvianbriar, frontman Kevin Barnes and the rest of his entourage warmed up the Philly crowd for their performance that at Union Transfer. Check out the photo gallery and set list and listen to the entire performance below.
As things go every final Friday of the month, the Indie Rock Hit Parade gets boiled down to a condensed, hour-long ‘compact’ edition. Immediately following Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake, the Indie Rock Hit Parade kicks off at 11 tonight. Tune in for new sounds from new wave icons like Gary Numan and Prefab Sprout, plus new projects of familiar friends like Neil Halstead and Dean Wareham. And yes, there will be some Arcade Fire.
Here are a few things you might hear in the mix tonight:
We’ve got a very eclectic mix of new tracks to get to on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade. Tune in at 10p for your own personal journey of music discovery. Don’t forget your pith helmet. Here are just a few of the tracks you’ll hear in the mix tonight: