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All The World Is a Stage: Parquet Courts Bring “Human Performance” to Union Transfer

Parquet Courts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Parquet Courts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

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 →

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Parquet Courts to enact human performance at Union Transfer

Parquet Courts
Parquet Courts | Photo by Ben Rayner | courtesy of the artist

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 →

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Autodrama: Puro Instinct, Deakin & Nothing on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Puro Instinct | Photo by Mark Squires, courtesy of the artist
Puro Instinct | Photo by Mark Squires, courtesy of the artist

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…

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SWEEP! Parquet Courts, Woods & John Congleton on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Parquet Courts | Photo by Ben Rayner, courtesy of the artist
Parquet Courts | Photo by Ben Rayner, courtesy of the artist

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:

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High Notes: Dig into new La Sera, Parquet Courts and Cullen Omori on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

La Sera | Photo by Julie Brokaw, courtesy of the artist
La Sera | Photo by Julie Brokaw, courtesy of the artist

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…

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Noisy Days: Field Music, SVIIB & Porches on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Field Music | Photo courtesy of the artist
Field Music | Photo courtesy of the artist

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:

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Cannonball: New DIIV, Parquet Courts & Twin Peaks on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

DIIV | Photo by Chiaro Tiso (Courtesy of Captured Tracks)
DIIV | Photo by Chiaro Tiso (Courtesy of Captured Tracks)

The Indie Rock Hit Parade comes at you TONIGHT at 11pm ET on 88.5 WXPN! Get your swimmies on because we’ll be spotlighting the dreamy new album from NYC’s DIIV, called Is The Is Are. It’s a masterful experiment in modern showgaze. We’ve also got new tracks from Parquet Courts, Chicago’s Twin Peaks and Winnipeg’s Living Hour in the big mix. Preview some of those down below…

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