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NonCOMM Recap: Downbeat surfer vibes flood Real Estate’s set

Real Estate | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

“Hope everyone’s doing okay out there out in noncommercial radio land,” Real Estate bassist, Alex Bleeker offered out to the packed upstairs crowd.

And radio land was definitely doing okay. Much more than okay, thanks to Real Estate’s infectious, upbeat set, where the easy-going four-piece treated radio land goers to new tracks off their recently released album, In Mind. Which the tongue-in-cheek band more than a few times said was already certified platinum, in a jokingly forced-nonchalant tone. Continue reading →

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Wowzers! Check out the 2017 NON-COMMvention performance lineup

Photo by John Vettese

WXPN’s NON-COMMvention, the station’s annual music-industry centered conference, announced their nightly performance roster for their 17th iteration. Apart from becoming a hub for the industries’ best, the conference always brings some damn good performers. Brace yourselves: This three-day event is jam-packed with performances from The Pixies, Blondie, Real Estate, Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Districts, and a whole lot more.

NON-COMM 2017 takes place May 17th through May 19th; check out the full day-by-day lineup below. Tickets to these performances are only open to XPN Members, so head over to the pledge page to become a member and get access to this incredible show — and get acquainted with the artists in the playlist below.

Non-Comm performances will be broadcast live on WXPN with video webcasts on VuHaus.

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Play along to Real Estate’s latest single “Stained Glass” with new tutorial video

A still from Real Estate’s official music video for “Stained Glass”

NJ jangle rockers Real Estate have a new album out next Friday called In Mind.  For the past few months, they’ve been previewing some of its tracks, including the (obviously) very smooth, phased-out “Darling”, and now, they’re following it up with a new video for “Stained Glass”. The clip continues the “How to play…” motif they began with Atlas-cut “Crime”, displaying note-by-note guitar tablature of the song in real-time. Stream it below.

Real Estate hit on their signature sound early, and since then, they’ve maintained and cultivated it like a well-kept garden. “Stained Glass” is just one of the many fruits of their careful labor, so don’t be surprised when you hear the breezy drums, chiming guitars, and gentle harmonies that somehow still continue to work for these guys. This time around they add in a pretty, harpsichord-esque synthesizer to great effect, but it’s still prime Real Estate through-and-through. No pun intended. Seriously. I’m sure they’ve heard that one a million times already, but with a sound this patient and sweet, I hope they’ll forgive me. Continue reading →

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Internal World: New Cloud Nothings, Sneaks and Real Estate on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Cloud Nothings | Photo by Jesse Lirola, courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade has all the things you need for a late-night Friday experience: New tunes, occasional chatter, a well-read host. Most importantly, it has YOU tuning in at 11pm ET (right after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) on XPN. In the mix tonight are new selections from dreamy guitar guys Real Estate, minimalist groover Sneaks and beloved pop army The New Pornographers. We’ve also got tracks from the newly released Cloud Nothings album, Life Without Sound, along with a look back at their recent live performance in our studio!

Preview some of those good things below…

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Real Estate’s new video for “Darling” stars a horse that wants to play indie rock

Real Estate | via Facebook.com/realestateband

New Jersey jangle-pop five-piece Real Estate has been due for a new album for a while now, and details have emerged; In Mind is out March 17th via Domino Records, and can be pre-ordered here. The lead single “Darling” sounds classically Real Estate, melodic guitar arpeggios and dreamy pop hooks, and its music video stars a horse wandering around a minimal white set, knocking over keyboards, gnawing on cymbals and wearing Alex Bleeker’s bass. Check it out below, it’s pretty hysterical. Continue reading →

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Night School: Neon Indian, Beach House and (most of) The Walkmen on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Neon Indian | Photo by Ben Rayner
Neon Indian | Photo by Ben Rayner

You know what time of the week it is, so I’ll cut right to the chase. Tune in at 11pm ET for an all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Tonight we’ll spotlight VEGA INTL. Night School, the groovy new album from Alan Palomo aka Neon Indian. Plus we’ll hear a song from Beach House‘s new album, Thank Your Lucky Stars, their second LP of 2015. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for these tracks in the mix as well:

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In A Sling: Destroyer, Neon Indian and Real Estate’s Martin Courtney on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is here to help kick off the Labor Day weekend! Make sure you’re tuned in to XPN at 11pm tonight, because you won’t want to miss the full two-hour spectacular. We’ve got a new LP from New Pornographer Dan Bejar’s long-running solo project, Destroyer, and we’ll dig deep into Poison Season. There are a bunch of new singles to share as well, so be on the lookout for a few of the following:

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Communion Night with Johnny Stimson, Gretchen Lohse at Underground Arts, Pattern is Movement at Boot and Saddle, Real Estate at Union Transfer and more

Photo via facebook.com/johnnystimson
Photo via facebook.com/johnnystimson

This month’s edition of Communion Club night at Underground Arts gets a seductive R&B makeover tonight with a set from newcomer Johnny Stimson. Flaunting an effortless falsetto range, Stimson’s voice is soulful even as it accompanies more upbeat, dance tracks. Also on tonight’s lineup is folksy singer-songwriter Gretchen Lohse who recently released a dreamy video for “Spider At the Gate”. Dig into tracks from both artists below and get tickets here.

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St. Vincent, Phantogram, Real Estate and more come out to play on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

St. Vincent | Photographed for Vogue by Taylor Jewell
St. Vincent | Photographed for Vogue by Taylor Jewell

Tonight on the Indie Rock Hit Parade, we’re all about digging deep. So many newly (and soon to be) released records have hidden gems that were meant to be shared. We’ll hear songs from The Both, The Notwist, Bombay Bicycle Club and a two-song spotlight on the new Phantogram album! Here are a few songs you’ll hear tonight (starting at 10pm!)

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Cozy up to new music from Real Estate, Milagres and Wild Beasts on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

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Real Estate | photo courtesy of the artist

While you continue to thaw, tune in tonight at 10pm for an all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! To warm you up, I’ve got brand new songs from Liars, Dum Dum Girls, Metronomy and more. We’ll also dig in to Chiarocscuro, the new album from the Swedish electronic duo I Break Horses. Check out a few of the tracks you’ll hear in the mix tonight:

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