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NOW NOW NOW: Prince Rama, Tacocat & Sheer Mag on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Prince Rama | Photo by Shawn LaChapelle, courtesy of the artist
Prince Rama | Photo by Shawn LaChapelle, courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade packs a wallop in every sense of the word. At least, we think it does. Tune in at 11pm ET (or better yet, stay tuned after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese) for a full two-hour show! We’ll spotlight the new album from our friends Prince Rama, who you might remember premiered some new tracks in our studio late last year. Along with the spotlight, we’ll hear new songs from Philly’s Sheer Mag, Seattle’s Tacocat & Austin’s Shearwater. An American experience to be sure! Check out some of the tracks below…

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Shack up with Savages, Eleanor Friedberger & Woods on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Savages | Photo by Dustin Cohen, courtesy of the artist
Savages | Photo by Dustin Cohen, courtesy of the artist

Not even the “Blizzard of the Century” can stop the Indie Rock Hit Parade from coming your way at 11pm ET tonight on WXPN! We’ve got plenty of sizzling treats to keep you warm, like an Album Spotlight on Adore Life, the new full-length from UK noise rockers Savages! Also some of these freshly roasted tracks will be in the mix, so look out below!

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song Of The Week: Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater cover “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”

Shearwater-Sharon_RSD This week’s Gotta Hear Song of The Week is a cover of Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty duet, “Stop Draggin’My Heart Around,” by singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten and the Austin band Shearwater. The cover was released for Record Store Day this past Saturday on Sub Pop Records as a special limited edition 7-inch single. It was originally recorded for the A.V. Club Undercover video series.


Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater cover “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”

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Listen to Shearwater’s interview and performance on XPN2

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The Austin, TX band Shearwater recently stopped by the XPN2 studios to perform songs from their newly released album, Animal Joy. Now you can stream the session whenever you like. Shearwater started out as the side project of Okkervil River members Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff. Now led entirely by Meiburg, Shearwater’s music has gone through many stylistic changes; from orchestral folk to experimental ambient to their newfound rock direction. We’ll hear live performances of songs from Animal Joy, and XPN2’s Eric Schuman talks with Meiburg about his creative journey and his life outside of music.

Click HERE to stream our session with Shearwater. And be sure to tune in to XPN2 every Friday at 3 p.m. for another Studio Session.

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This Weekend: XPN Welcomes Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater to Johnny Brenda’s, Bruce Hornsby to the Keswick Theatre

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XPN Welcomes Sharon Van Etten + Shearwater to Johnny Brenda’s at 9:15 p.m. Friday, February 10th; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT. You can listen to Van Etten’s new album, Tramp, via streaming audio at NPR Music.

Also Playing: XPN Welcomes Bruce Hornsby to the Keswick Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 11th; tickets to the all-ages show are $29.50–$49.50.

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Listen to Animal Joy, the new album by Shearwater (perf. with Sharon Van Etten Feb. 10th at Johnny Brenda’s)

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From NPR Music:

Even at its most tender and delicate, Animal Joy pairs Meiburg’s brainy proclamations with brawny, searching arrangements: Inventive percussionist Thor Harris leaves his reverberations all over the record, and he’s aided by terrific bassist Kimberly Burke and an impressive assortment of guests, including Wye Oak multi-instrumentalist Andy Stack. The common thread binding them all, and binding everything Shearwater does, is a love of big thinking — and a clear understanding that brains and beauty need never be mutually exclusive.

You can read the full write-up and listen to the album in its entirety here. Shearwater performs with Sharon Van Etten at 9:15 p.m. Friday, February 10th, at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT.

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My Morning Download: “You As You Were” by Shearwater; playing sold-out show at Johnny Brenda’s in February

The Austin, Texas band Shearwater is releasing a new album, Animal Joy, on Sub Pop records on February 14th. They’ll be in town on February 10th at Johnny Brenda’s opening for Sharon Van Etten. The show is sold out. Below, download “You As You Were” from Shearwater’s forthcoming album.

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My Morning Download: “Breaking The Yearlings” by Shearwater (playing Johnny Brenda’s in February)


The Austin, Texas band Shearwater have a new album coming out on Valentine’s Day on Sub Pop Records called Animal Joy. The band are also on the road with Sharon Van Etten and they are playing at Johnny Brenda’s on February 10th. Tickets and more information for the show can be found here. Below, download a new song from Shearwater called “Breaking The Yearlings.”