The always fun Esme Patterson graces World Cafe Live, bringing her quirky style of alternative pop with local songwriter Abi Reimold. Blending power pop, post-punk and alt-country into a melodic sound is difficult, but comes out terrific on the other side. The gig is all ages, and tickets/more information can be found here. Continue reading →
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 fifteenreleases 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.
Everyone has that one friend who’s really into irony. The kind of guy who moved to Brooklyn to make handcrafted recycled furniture and says “sports” at parties to get an easy laugh. Whenever friends come to visit from out of town, they always ask “What’s the Brooklyn of Philadelphia?” (Fishtown) — I constantly find myself asking, “What’s the Brooklyn of the music world?”The answer, my friends, is Parquet Courts.
Brazenly sardonic, the foursome of Brooklyn-based punks waxed both eloquent and ineloquent on topics myriad on Wednesday night at Union Transfer, bouncing around the stage at warp speed. In support of brand-new record Human Performance, the show found the band in the early stages of a large tour. But it was clear from both the band’s tight-knit synergy and the crowd’s frothing reaction that the Philadelphia stop was anything but a warm-up date. Continue reading →
Parquet Courts kinda keep you guessing.They may be the most fascinating and distinctive rock band to emerge this decade.But it’s frustratingly hard to parse exactly what they’re up to.Are their many quirks (linguistic, aesthetic, compositional, vocal) ingenious idiosyncrasies or insufferable affectations?Are they slackers or stoners or hipsters or goofballs?Art-punk philosopher-poets or sardonic, smirking smart-asses? All of the above, possibly.Or maybe they’re just some thoughtful dudes with well-thumbed post-punk collections and a knack for obliquely infectious guitar riffs. Continue reading →
I’ll be honest: Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is a little all over the map. Tune in at 11pm ET on WXPN to hear how things shake out. With more individual tracks coming out this week than full-length albums, we’ll forego the tradition spotlight feature in favor of a smattering of fresh new singles. We’ll hear gauzy pop from the sister duo Puro Instinct, the solo debut from Animal Collective guitarist Deakin, and a blast of noise energy from Philly’s own Nothing. And that’s just a sample! Preview those tracks below…
The Indie Rock Hit Parade comes your way tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Make sure you’re listening, because this was another big week for new album and song releases. So big, in fact, that we’ll have another DOUBLE Album Spotlight on the show! Not only will we hear new tracks from Parquet Courts‘ much-anticipated Human Performance, but we’ll dive into City Sun Eater In The River Of Light, the newest album from Woods. But that’s just the start! There are new tracks from Car Seat Headrest, Whitney, Moonface and more, so check out a little preview below:
The first Indie Rock Hit Parade of March arrives at 11pm ET TONIGHT on WXPN! There are sooo many new albums that came out today, and we’ll hear bits and pieces from several of them on tonight’s two-hour show. Don’t miss tracks from Poliça‘s United Crushers, Prince Rama‘s Xtreme Now and, on our Weekly Album Spotlight, two songs from the Ryan Adams-produced Music For Listening To Music To by ex-Vivian Girl Katy Goodman a.k.a. La Sera! Check out more new tracks that’ll be in the mix below…
The Indie Rock Hit Parade wants to be your Valentine, so do it a favor and listen to the show tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN. On tonight’s two-hour adventure, we’ll spotlight Commontime, the newest album from UK art-rock brothers Field Music! There’s also the business of new School of Seven Bells, Parquet Courts and Porches tracks to get to, so stuff your pockets full of conversation hearts and preview some stuff below: