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The journey to Eau Claire (pronounced “Oh Clare”), Wisconsin for the inaugural Eaux Claires (EXC) indiefolk mammoth of a festival started like a freak folk dream that never really stopped. From the time we pulled into the two hour wait line outside the muddy camping grounds Thursday night – during which antsy campers skipped up and down the aisles of cars and coolly flaunted their half-shaven haircuts on cig breaks – the party kept rolling with no signs of slowing down.
Lines of hipster drones sweated outside the gates from 10 a.m. Friday morning until they could break through to music mecca curated by the one and only Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver. (Our staff photog Jeremy cleverly nicknamed the festival #BonnarooIver.) Make no mistake about it; everything on these grounds felt handpicked by JV from the focus on Midwestern artists – every artist on the bill had a personal connection to Vernon, even those of non-Midwestern descent – to the oddly terrifying family zone – more on that tomorrow. Continue reading →
Photographer Joe del Tufo has been at Firefly. Despite the evacuation of the grounds last night due to dangerous weather, most of the weekend has been clear. Rockers Kings of Leon, Steve Aoki, and several other bands were unable to perform. Check out some of the photos of band that did get to perform by del Tufo. Continue reading →
Perhaps the most redeeming thing about the new remake of the horror film Poltergeist is the cover of The Cramps’ “TV Set” that Spoon contribute to the soundtrack. Originally recorded on The Cramps 1980 debut album Songs The Lord Taught Us (produced by Alex Chilton), Spoon put a bit of a spit shine on the dirty original by the rockabilly garage punk rockers from New York. Below, listen to Spoon’s cover, followed by the original from The Cramps. Continue reading →
Seeing as how it’s the Final Friday of the month, the Indie Rock Hit Parade gets condensed down to a one-hour Compact Edition at 11pm tonight on XPN! Stay tuned after Land Of The Lost for a spotlight on art-pop provocateur Ariel Pink‘s new LP, plus a few of these mighty fine tracks:
Let’s go back for a moment. Before the torrential downpour, before the lightning and thunder, before Spoon got cut off after a rousing “Don’t You Evah” two songs into their first time on the Made In America stage. The second day of Jay Z’s Philly megafestival (now in its third year and first time with a bicoastal setup) offered a lively assortment of groovy summertime pop, roof-raising EDM, badass rap and solid rock and roll. Continue reading →
It’s the Final Friday of the month, and that means it’s time for an hour-long ‘Compact’ Edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Tune in at 11pm (immediately following Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) for a very special bite-size show. We’ll be spotlighting not one but two newly-released albums: The New Pornographers‘ Brill Bruisers and Ty Segall‘s Manipulator! You’ll also hear a few of these new tracks in the mix:
In honor of Labor Day next Monday, WXPN added a bonus Free At Noon with Spoon to celebrate! Yay! However, the event sold out within an hour of us announcing it on Friday. (Boooo!) But just because the RVSPs are closed doesn’t mean it’s impossible to for you to kick back on your day off and watch Britt Daniel and his band rock out. Continue reading →
The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to WXPN at 10pm tonight! Tune in as we spotlight the new album from Spoon, plus a few of these hot-off-the-presses tracks. Continue reading →
Austin indie rock band Spoon returned this week with “Do You,” the first official single from their upcoming album They Want My Soul, out August 5th. This is the first album following 2010’s The Transference. The song premiered on SiriusXMU yesterday.
Last month, the band debuted “Rent I Pay” at Le Poisson Rouge for NPR Music. They also performed “Rainy Taxi” on Jimmy Kimmel. The new track lies between the slowed tempo of “Rainy Taxi” and the stomping passion of “Rent I Pay.” “Do You” is more hopeful, for a start, with more of the classic “Spoon” feel. Overall, all three songs point to yet another great album.
Catch the band at the Philly branch of the Made in America festival during Labor Day Weekend. Listen to the new track below.