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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Scantron

Scantron | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN
Scantron | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

Joining us for this latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is the Philly/Wilmington garage combo Scantron! Originally formed as the trio of Will Donnelly, James Everhart and George M. Murphy, Scantron recently added bassist Lucas Rinz as a permanent member. More than just a band (or just one band, for that matter), the boys also serve as producers and studio whiz-kids, working on records for other local underground bands. Additionally, most of the members pull double duty as players in Low Cut Connie and Satellite Hearts. In fact, Low Cut Connie’s Larry Scotton Jr. joins in the fun playing keyboards in our session.

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Oh No! Scantron play LIVE plus The Julie Ruin and Blood Orange on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

The Julie Ruin | Photo by Shervin Lainez, courtesy of the artist
The Julie Ruin | Photo by Shervin Lainez, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight tonight TONIGHT! Listen in at 11pm ET (or better yet, keep on listening after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese) for a brand new two-hour show In the mix is our latest IRHP Live Session featuring the Philly/Wilmington garage combo Scantron! The band features more than a few members of Low Cut Connie and Satellite Hearts, and they’ll play a bunch of rip-roaring new songs live in our studio. In the second hour, our Weekly Album Spotlight shines on Hit Reset, the new album from The Julie Ruin. At the core of this band is Kathleen Hanna and Kathi Wilcox, who were previously members of the iconic punk band Bikini Kill. We’ll also get to new tracks from Dev Hynes a.k.a. Blood Orange, Cerise (produced by Joseph Arthur), Jenny Lewis‘ new band N.A.F. and more! Check out a few of those below…

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Literature at Kung Fu Necktie, Satellite Hearts at Ortlieb’s, Greensky Bluegrass at Union Transfer

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Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman

This isn’t something we get to say very often: Literature play Kung Fu Necktie tonight before heading out on tour in Japan. The local indie pop outfit released its second full-length record Chorus in 2014, though Japanese label Waterslide Records picked it up for a physical release last year (along with the band’s debut LP Arab Spring). Get your Literature fix while you can; tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here. Check out “The Girl, The Gold Watch and Everything” below.

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Rock, Roll and spooks aplenty at the 6th annual TJ Kong Halloween Murder Show

TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | photo via www.facebook.com/tjkongandtheatomicbomb
TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | photo via www.facebook.com/tjkongandtheatomicbomb

Get out your costume and get ready for some creepy, kooky and all around raucous Halloween fun at Underground Arts for the 6th annual TJ Kong Halloween Murder Show. Six Philly bands will be taking over two stages for what promises to be the best rock and roll party this All Hallows’ Eve. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joie Kathos at Kung Fu Necktie, Autechre at Union Transfer and more

Joie Kathos | photo via facebook.com/JoieKathos
Joie Kathos | photo via facebook.com/JoieKathos

Just last week Philly hip-hop and R&B singer Joie Kathos stopped WXPN to play a handful of songs for us as a part of the Key Studio Sessions, and it was, well, awesome. We highly suggest you give the recordings a listen and if you like what you hear — which we are pretty confident you will — then you can check Kathos tonight at Kung Fu Necktie when she opens for Philly-area vocalist James. For more information on the show head over to the XPN Concert Calendar.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Roots and more at Welcome America Fest, Satellite Hearts at Tellus 360

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The Roots | Photo via Facebook.com/theroots

It’s July 4th and that can mean only one thing here in Philadelphia: The Roots will be throwing down an epic celebration on the Parkway. As previously announced, this year’s Wawa Welcome America line-up features R&B singer Miguel, country music star Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland), Non-COMM alum Zella Day, pop duo MKTO and local acoustic soul singer Twin Ghost. There will also be activities on the Parkway throughout the day, along with special events around the city. Details can be found here. Watch The Roots perform with Common, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Queen Latifah at the 2012 concert below.

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Season Two of CoverClub wraps up with Ali Wadsworth, Tutlie and Vita and the Woolf

Vita And The Woolf records at Cambridge Sound | Photo by Bob Sweeney
Vita And The Woolf records at Cambridge Sound | Photo by Bob Sweeney

Root Down in the Shadow‘s excellent CoverClub series now boasts its own fancy website, and today released a slew of videos to wrap up a productive second season.

The video blowout started around 10 this morning and continued hourly until the final video from Vita and the Woolf was released at 2. Along the way we heard Ali Wadsworth’s power-packed vocals covering The Districts’ “Stay Open,” with local rockers Satellite Hearts acting as her backing trio. Her own take is just as driven and distinct as The Districts’ singer, Rob Grote, and Sattelite Hearts accompanies with their own harmonies as well. Continue reading →

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Satellite Hearts head back to their rock ‘n roll roots with “Doing Things Right”

Satellite Hearts | via Facebook.com/SatelliteHearts
Satellite Hearts | photo by Charles Shan Cerrone | cerronephoto.com | via Facebook.com/SatelliteHearts

Over a year since their last release, Philly bluesy rockers, Satellite Hearts, have gone through a change in lineup and pared down to a trio. Their September 2013 release, Four to the Floor, had a much lighter blues EP than their formerly aggressive rock ‘n roll sound, as was their contribution in the Philly Tapes Philly series.

But after a period of hibernation – where they performed as the backing band for Ali Wadsworth and Kuf Knitz – Satellite Hearts is back with its original indie rock sound. Continue reading →