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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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Totally Boss: Speedy Ortiz plays LIVE on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete
Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete

You’ve missed it and it’s missed you. The Indie Rock Hit Parade is BACK tonight at 11pm on XPN! Tune in for a grand two-hour show, featuring some really special stuff you won’t want to miss. First and foremost, we’ve got a killer new IRHP LIVE Studio Session with Speedy Ortiz! The Massachusetts band recently dropped by our studio to play songs from their new album, Foil Deer. The performances are raw, honest and not to be missed. We’ll also spotlight the new album from California guitarist Mikal Cronin, MCIII! All that, plus a few of these new tracks that have been itching to infiltrate your ears:

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The Now Age: Prince Rama plays LIVE on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade

Prince Rama | GIF by Julian Bozeman
Prince Rama | GIF by Julian Bozeman

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is ready to make your brain move tonight. Tune in at 11pm ET (or better yet, stay tuned after Making Time RAD-io with Dave P) for a full two-hour mix of brand new tracks and moldy old favorites. We’ve got a special treat direct from parts unknown (Brooklyn): Prince Rama will premiere songs from their in-progress new album, live in our studio!

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I’m not bossy, I’m the boss: Speedy Ortiz, Waxahatchee & Jacco Gardner on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade

Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete
Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete

After a brief break, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is back and better than ever. Tune in at 11pm tonight (right after Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour edition with a lot of ground to cover. On tonight’s Weekly Album Spotlight, we’ll dig into Foil Deer, the newly released second album from Boston’s Speedy Ortiz. The band happens to be in town this weekend at Johnny Brenda’s, and word on the street is that they’ll be paying us a visit for an in-studio session, too! There are plenty more things to explore and discover on tonight’s show, like a few of these fresh gems:

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Speedy Ortiz shares R&B-influenced new track, “Puffer”

Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete | facebook.com/danieltopetephotography
Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete | facebook.com/danieltopetephotography

From what we’ve heard on their new album, indie rockers Speedy Ortiz can master any sound. Their latest track, “Puffer,” takes on a drum-and-bass heavy R&B feel, folding in fuzzy distortion and raw guitar sound and frontwoman Sadie Depuis’ sultry vocals. Their third album, Foil Park, is due out April 21 through Carpark Records and they begin a month-long tour later this month with multi-instrumentalist Mitski, and Krill. You can catch them at Johnny Brenda’s on April 26. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; listen to “Puffer” below. Continue reading →

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Speedy Ortiz’s “Raising the Skate” brings a new wave of confidence

Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete | facebook.com/danieltopetephotography
Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete | facebook.com/danieltopetephotography

With a spooky guitar picking intro, Massachusetts-based Speedy Ortiz showcase the first single, “Raising the Skate,” off their upcoming album, Foil Deer. Front-woman Sadie Dupuis exhibits a poetic independence in this track with lyrics like “That’s because I’m the boss / caller of the shots.” Continue reading →

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Ex Hex rocks Johnny Brenda’s on a triple bill with No Other and Speedy Ortiz

Ex Hex | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Ex Hex | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

To experience Washington, D.C. based Ex Hex is to witness music in motion at its finest. Their 2014 record Rips captures the lyrical and guitar snaps, crackles and pops of Mary Timony, Betsy Wright and Laura Harris. But that is only half their story. Live they are a whirlwind of guitar picks, drum sticks, legs kicking and raw, sweet oozing rock. This past Tuesday their high octane brew entranced a sold-out Johnny Brenda’s.

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

LAMC vh1 save the music artwork

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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Lineup for West Philly’s OK FEST announced featuring Amanda X, Swearin’, Speedy Ortiz, Worriers and more in August

Photo by Pete Murray | http://petermurrayphotography.com/
Photo by Pete Murray | http://petermurrayphotography.com/
Punk rock rules! This year’s OK FEST will be held on August 1st and 2nd at Golden Tea House and Nacho House.  There’s a seriously strong lineup including Cayetana, who were recently featured on NPR, The AmbularsHound, Amanda X, Swearin’, and more. Brooklyn punk rockers, Worriers play on Friday, and Massachusetts indie-rockers Speedy Ortiz will play on Saturday. Speedy Ortiz recently played Bonnaroo and released an EP, Real Hair, back in February.

Go here for more details on the festival.

Below, listen to “Guatemala” by Amanda X.