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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sad13 at PhilaMOCA, Mexrrissey at The Kimmel Center, T.J. Kong and The Atomic Bomb at Underground Arts and more

Sad13 | photo by shervin lainez | photo courtesy of the artist
Sad13 | photo by shervin lainez | photo courtesy of the artist

Mostly known for her role as frontwoman for grunge-pop band Speedy Ortiz, Sadie Dupuis is slated to release her first solo album Slugger on November 11th under the moniker Sad13. She kicked off her debut tour on Thursday, and is paying Philadelphia a visit tonight at PhilaMOCA. Sad13’s music is largely centered around the idea of empowering women, and we’re all for it. Joining this Massachusetts synth-popper will be Philly artists Ivy Sole and Empath with NYC-based rapper Sammus topping off this stacked lineup. Go to the WXPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on this all ages show. Get a taste of Sad13 with this song off her new album, “Devil in U.” Continue reading →

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Sad13 gears up for Slugger and her first solo tour with “Devil in U”

Sad13 | photo by shervin lainez | photo courtesy of the artist
Sad13 | photo by shervin lainez | photo courtesy of the artist

Sadie Dupuis is probably best known as frontwoman of grunge-pop band Speedy Ortiz, but this fall she is is slated to release her debut solo album under the Sad13 moniker. Dupuis has been teasing music off Slugger for about a month now, and just dropped the track “Devil in U” to hold us over until the November 11th release date. Continue reading →

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Weather Radio: Pylon LIVE plus Peel Sessions & new Sad13 and Teenage Fanclub on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Pylon at the Mad Hatter, 1983 | Courtesy of Bob Hay

The Indie Rock Hit Parade comes to you tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! That’s right after a special all-Peel Sessions edition of Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake, and the Hit Parade is going to act as the perfect chaser. More specifically, we’ll be featuring a few more Peel Session recordings from Sonic Youth and Belle & Sebastian. There’s also this week’s Album Spotlight, where we’ll dig into a newly released archival recording of Athens, GA indie pioneers Pylon. Recorded in December 1983 at the Mad Hatter club in Athens, Pylon Live captures what would be the band’s final performance. Also in the mix are brand new tracks from Scottish jangle vets Teenage Fanclub, Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis’ new solo bumper as Sad13, and the Sub Pop debut of NY guitar-kickers LVL UP! Check out some of those below:

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Cool Intentions: Islands, Speedy Ortiz & James Blake on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Islands | Photo by Christian Faustus, courtesy of the artist
Islands | Photo by Christian Faustus, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN (right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese, of course!). Tonight’s show is a special one, thanks in part to a very unique Album Spotlight I’ve got lined up. When we last heard from our friend Nick “Diamonds” Thorburn, he was out doing a solo thing that resulted in a seriously groovy IRHP session. He also hinted that his next project would be recording and releasing TWO new albums with his main band, Islands. Those two albums, Taste and Should I Remain Here At Sea?, are both out today, and we’ll hear selections from each on tonight’s show. There are also plenty of new singles to get to, namely ones from fellow IRHP Session vets Speedy Ortiz, UK electro-soulster James Blake and the monumental return of The Stone Roses. Check out a few of those below:

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thievery Corporation at The Fillmore, Speedy Ortiz at First Unitarian Church, Dogs on Acid at Ortlieb’s and more…

thievery corporation
Thievery Corporation | photo via Facebook

DC electronic duo Thievery Corporation headline The Fillmore tonight. 2015 marks the group’s twentieth year as a band, a career that started over an admiration of club life and a love for dub, bossa nova and jazz music. 2014’s Saudade is their most recent release; watch the video for “Depth of My Soul” below and pick up tickets to the show here. Continue reading →

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The many faces of Doomtree captivated the crowd at Underground Arts

Doomtree | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com
Doomtree | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com

Did you ever sit down with a group of friends in high school and just say “we should start a band?”  Most of never made anything of it, but Doomtree took an unlikely group of allies and turned them in to a beacon of hope in the Midwest for a city not necessarily known for being a mecca of hip-hop (at least until Rhymesayers came along) . Hailing from Minneapolis, the 7 members (and friends) of Doomtree bring unique personalities and experiences together to form a sort of Hieroglyphics by way of The Decemberists mishmash of classic battle rap styles over beats laced with folk, jazz, punk, and with their most recent release All Hands, a little bit of techno.  Continue reading →

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Multi-Love: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Neon Indian & Hop Along on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

 Unknown Mortal Orchestra | Photo by Dusdin Condren
Unknown Mortal Orchestra | Photo by Dusdin Condren

You guessed it: The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight at 11pm on XPN! Tune in (or better yet, stay tuned after Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour show featuring more new music than you’ll know what to do with. Tonight we’ll be spotlighting Multi-Love, the newly released third album from Unknown Mortal Orchestra. We’ll also premiere a few fresh new tracks, namely some of the following:

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Speedy Ortiz

Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is with the Massachusetts-based band Speedy Ortiz. Formed in 2011 as the solo project of singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis, Speedy Ortiz currently features drummer/vocalsist Mike Falcone, guitarist Devin McKnight and bassist Darl Ferm. Having spent countless dates on the road following 2013’s Major Arcana, Speedy Ortiz released their second album, Foil Deer, earlier this year on Carpark Records. They stopped by our studio to play songs from the new album right after a show at Johnny Brenda’s.

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