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Go Team! Connor Barwin’s benefit show helps Make the World Better

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

“We are just so pleased to be here to announce our undying loyalty to the Philadelphia Eagles, tonight,” one of the members of Parquet Courts said, late on Saturday evening. Even though the evening’s festivities were being hosted by Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin, #sports took a backseat to help make the world better. Continue reading →

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Go under the covers on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Luna | Photo by Stefano Giovannini
Luna | Photo by Stefano Giovannini

This Friday night, XPN kicks off a special Under The Covers weekend, and the Indie Rock Hit Parade is getting in on the fun! Starting at 11pm, the Indie Rock Hit Parade kicks off 2015 with two hours of covers from some of our favorite indie artists. We’ll hear songs by The Kinks, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush and others covered by often unlikely groups. We’ll also spotlight a few bands fronted by Dean Wareham, who has a long history of making other people’s songs his own. Here are a few things you might hear tonight:

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Get fresh with Ariel Pink, Ex Hex & Parquet Courts on tonight’s ‘Compact’ Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Ariel Pink | Photo courtesy of the artist
Ariel Pink | Photo courtesy of the artist

Seeing as how it’s the Final Friday of the month, the Indie Rock Hit Parade gets condensed down to a one-hour Compact Edition at 11pm tonight on XPN! Stay tuned after Land Of The Lost for a spotlight on art-pop provocateur Ariel Pink‘s new LP, plus a few of these mighty fine tracks:

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Spotlight on Parquet Courts, Belle & Sebastian and Ty Segall on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Parquet Courts | Photo by Ben Rayner
Parquet Courts | Photo by Ben Rayner

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to your on-the-move lifestyle tonight at 10pm on XPN! Listen in for new music from those lovable rascals Parquet Courts, who have just unleashed their second album of 2014. Content Nausea is out now and we’ll hear a few tracks from it on tonight’s Album Spotlight. We’ve also got new tracks like these to get to in tonight’s full, two-hour show:
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Free At Noon Flashback: Parquet Courts rile the crowd with rowdy jams

Parquet Courts | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Parquet Courts | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Brooklyn’s Parquet Courts took the stage for Free At Noon and did not disappoint. Livening up a fall Friday afternoon, they launched right into “Slide Machine” off their upcoming album Content Nausea (to be released under the new moniker Parkay Quarts next week). Playing with precision, the group moved quickly from song to song; the audience bobbed and shook to the lively “Ducking & Dodging” and “Vienna II.” Continue reading →

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Just in time for tomorrow’s Free At Noon, stream the new album by Parkay Quarts

Parkay Quarts | Photo by Samantha York
Parkay Quarts | Photo by Samantha York

The newest release from the Parquet Courts/Parkay Quarts camp, Content Nausea, is out in the States digitally next Monday. The band is calling is somewhere between an EP and an LP and is the second collection of songs recorded under the Parkay Quarts moniker. It comes only five months after the release of PQ’s Sunbathing Animal. With one member of the band finishing a degree in mathematics, and another starting a family, Content Nausea features mostly the work of Andrew Savage and Austin Brown, with the help of a couple of friends (Jackie-O Motherfucker’s Jef Brown on saxaphone and Eaters’ Bob Jones on fiddle). Stream the band’s new album, Content Nausea. Continue reading →

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Parquet Courts, White Fence (playing UA 10/21), & Speedy Ortiz (playing OK Fest 8/2) releasing benefit singles

LAMC vh1 save the music artwork

Since 2012, the Famous Class LAMC series has been releasing 7″ splits from “under-recognized artists” to contribute to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save The Music. LAMC’s announced their next three hand-picked artists, which include White Fence, Parquet Courts and Speedy Ortiz.

On each split, the selected artist contributes an unreleased track and then handpicks another artist to appear on the B-side. So far, White Fence is first to put out a track, “Nero (Has A Lot To Think About),” which features LA’s Jack Name on the B-side with “Belly Full of Blood.” This split is due out September 2nd.

The second split, out September 16th, has a track from Parquet Courts called “This Is Happening Now,” and the Brooklyn boys have chosen fellow Brooklynites Future Punx to grace the B-side with “Spike Train.”

And last but not least, Speedy Ortiz will release a track called “Doomsday” for their split, which is coming out October 7th. The B-side single, “I Took it Off a Record,” comes from VT singer-songwriter Chris Weisman.

You can see White Fence performing at Underground Arts on October 21st with King Grizzard & The Lizard Wizard (information is on our concert calendar here), and Speedy Ortiz will be performing on Day 2 of OK Fest at Golden Tea House on August 2nd. Go here for the full OK Fest line-up. All the LAMC singles will be available to download on Famous Class’s Bandcamp page here upon release. Below, you can listen to the tracks from the White Fence/Jack Name split.