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

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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.

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Get down with Sharon Van Etten, Parquet Courts and Cold Cave on tonight’s ‘Compact’ Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Sharon Van Etten | Photo by Shervin Lainez
Sharon Van Etten | Photo by Shervin Lainez

As it’s another Final Friday, it’s time once again for a ‘Compact,’ one-hour edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade! Tune in at 11pm (immediately after Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake) for a concentrated dose of new tracks from around the globe. We’ll spotlight the newly released record from Sharon Van Etten and hear a number of Land Of The Lost icons who are still making great records to this day. Plus a few of the following:

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Non-COMM Recap: Parquet Courts played new songs to a packed crowd upstairs

 

Parquet Courts | photo by John Vettese
Parquet Courts | photo by John Vettese

Brooklyn outfit Parquet Courts hit ground running on the upstairs stage, blowing through six songs from their forthcoming LP Sunbathing Animal.  The full-length will be the band’s third in as many years, and that limitless energy and enthusiasm for their music shows itself on stage as well.  The packed crowd erupted after each song, responding to the mile-a-minute lyrics and sometimes-playful guitar melodies.  With their final song, “She’s Rollin,” Parquet Courts’ signature garage punk was stretched to its feedback-laden limits as the band settled into several minutes of jamming, joined by a harmonica player. Check out photos of the set below and listen to audio in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).

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Hear Woods play live, discover new tUnE-yArDs, Parquet Courts and Tycho on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!


Woods | Photo courtesy of the artist

So here’s the deal. The Indie Rock Hit Parade is taking next Friday off to make room for the incredible live performances of the 14th annual NonCOMMvention (which you should totally listen to). So join us tonight for an explosive two-hour show starting at 10pm on XPN. We’ve got a brand new session to premiere featuring the Brooklyn psych-folk collective Woods, and a new album from tUnE-yArDs to dig into. Also lots of fresh tracks from across the musical spectrum, including (but not at all limited to) the following:


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Hear Daniel Rossen play live, discover new Wye Oak, Parquet Courts and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!


Daniel Rossen | Photo courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to its full two-hour glory tonight at 10pm on WXPN! Listen as we share an intimate new session with Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear/Department Of Eagles), a spotlight on Wye Oak‘s bold new album and fresh tracks from across the musical landscape.

Here are a few things you’ll hear in the mix tonight:


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Download a World Cafe performance of “Dear Ramona” by Parquet Courts

Photo by Kevin Pedersen
Photo by Kevin Pedersen
This month, David Dye and World Cafe is giving away 20 free downloads of performances recorded in the Cafe studios. There are songs from Dr. Dog, the Pet Shop Boys, Jason Isbell, Neko Case, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and 10 more that you can download here. Below, download “Dear Ramona,” recorded by Parquet Courts from a session they did last June.

Download all 15 of the World Cafe studio performances for free here.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Balance and Composure, The City and Horses, Toy Soldiers)

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Get the details of Balance and Composure‘s new The Things We Think We’re Missing LP in this week’s Unlocked feature [link]

Stream new releases from Elvis Costello & The Roots and Sebadoh via NPR Music [link and link]

Check out recaps of the weekend’s best shows, including Laura Marling, James Cotton and Glenn Tilbrook [link]

Save the date: The Clark Park Music & Arts Festival is happening on 9/21 with The Fleeting Ends, The Districts and more [link]

Folkadelphia brings us a moving session with Allysen Callery, available to stream and download [link]

Celebrating the release of The Maybe Boys this week, Toy Soldiers stopped by to record a Key Studio Session [link]

XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week features Parquet Courts and their new track “You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now” [link]

Download “Ravine Road” from Ben Smith‘s new EP of the same name [link]

Joseph Arthur, kd lang, Shelby Lynne and more contributed songs to the new Sweet Relief III: Pennies from Heaven benefit record [link]

PhilaMOCA will screen The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and Night of the Living Dead (1968) with a live score by the Andrew Alden Ensemble in October [link]

Get to know The City and Horses, playing Kung Fu Necktie on 9/26 [link]

New show announcements from My Bloody Valentine, Mazzy Star and Eric Copeland [link, link, link]

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now” by Parquet Courts

parquetcourts Parquet Courts came to our attention when they released their dynamic rock and roll record, Light Up Gold, in August, 2012. The Brooklyn quartet is Andrew Savage (lead vocals, guitar), Austin Brown (guitar), Sean Yeaton (bass), and Andrew’s brother Max Savage on drums. The band has a sharp edged, angular indie rock sound with punk tendencies coalesced by Savage’s eccentric, yet endearing vocals and oft-mocking lyrics.

On October 8th, the band releases a new EP, Tally All Things That Broke that includes one of the new songs from the EP, “You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now,” that got its premiere when the band did a session on World Cafe with David Dye this past August. Listen to the session and interview here.

Below, listen to “You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now.” Underneath the slash and burn guitars the song has unstoppable energy and a melody that will come back to haunt you.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Woods / Parquet Courts at Morgan’s Pier, Night Moves at Kung Fu Necktie, Minka at Ortlieb’s, XPN Welcomes Lake Street Dive to Haddon Lake Park

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Continuing the free concert series at Morgan’s Pier are Brooklyn psych outfit Woods. Their last album, Bend Beyond, was released in September of 2012, but the band recently put out two new songs: the single “Be All Easy,” which you can check out below, and a cover of The Kinks tune “God’s Children.” To contrast their breezy, nostalgic sound, Woods will be joined by punk rockers Parquet Courts. The band’s 2012 album, Light Up Gold, mixes west coast indie rock with their punk sound – take a listen to “Borrowed Time” below. Find more info on the 21+ show here.

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