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Let loose with Strand of Oaks, People Get Ready and Ought on tonight’s ‘Compact’ Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Strand Of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren
Strand Of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren

As it does each final Friday, the Indie Rock Hit Parade gets condensed down to a one-hour ‘Compact’ edition tonight at 11pm on XPN! Stay tuned after Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake for a concentrated dose of new music and a few old favorites, too. We’ll spotlight the new album from Philly’s own Strand Of Oaks, and here a few of these fine selections in the mix as well:


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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Habit” by Ought

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Montreal indie rockers Ought is one of those bands that recalls the older sounds of punk & post punk groups like Television, Gang of Four and early Talking Heads, yet sounds fresh and inspired. Lead singer and guitarist Tim Beeler has an instantly lovable, endearing vocal style, similar to the manner that Stephen Malkmus of Pavement or Jonathan Richman sings. There’s bewilderment and a child like endearment in his voice, as it takes unexpected twists and turns through jangly, angular guitar playing and inspired songwriting.

“Habit” is one of many excellent songs on the band’s debut album, More Than Any OtherDay on the Montreal indie label Constellation Records. It starts out like a slow stroll that builds into a raging, cathartic release of emotion.

Ought play Boot & Saddle on Wednesday, July 9th. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, download “Habit.”

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The Front Bottoms play live, The Antlers get expansive and La Sera goes wild on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

The Front Bottoms | Photo by Mark Jaworski
The Front Bottoms | Photo by Mark Jaworski

If ever there was an Indie Rock Hit Parade that was not to be missed, it would be all of them (naturally). But tonight’s show, starting at 10pm on XPN, is particularly exciting. We’ve got a brand new Studio Session with our longtime Jersey pals The Front Bottoms, featuring songs from their newly released EP, Rose. We’ll spotlight the impressively moody new album from The Antlers, and hear a smattering of new and emerging artists, including a few of the following:


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Download “Habit,” an inspiring post-punk new song from Montreal indie rockers Ought

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Photo courtesy of the artist

The Montreal based indie rock band Ought is one of those bands that recalls the older sounds of punk & post punkers like Television, Gang of Four, early Talking Heads and the Modern Lovers, but leaves you feeling fresh and inspired. Lead singer and guitarist Tim Beeler has an instantly lovable, endearing vocal style in the same way it felt like hearing Stephen Malkmus of Pavement or Jonathan Richman for the front time. There’s bewilderment and a child like endearment in his voice, as it takes unexpected twists and turns through jangly, angular guitar playing and inspired songwriting.

“Habit” is one of many excellent songs on the band’s debut album, More Than Any OtherDay on the Montreal indie label Constellation Records. It sounds like Jonathan Richman’s “That Summer Feeling” sped into the Pixies “Monkey Gone To Heaven,” and starts out like a slow stroll that builds into a raging, cathartic release of emotion.

Ought play Boot & Saddle on Wednesday, July 9th. Go here for tickets and more information. Below,