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Firefly Music Festival: Morrissey, Spoon, Zella Day, Sturgill Simpson, and more

Crowd during Matt & Kim's set | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.deltufophotography.com/
Crowd during Matt & Kim’s set | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.deltufophotography.com/

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 →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “TV Set” by Spoon

Photo by Tom Hines
Photo by Tom Hines

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 →

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Get fresh with Ariel Pink, Ex Hex & Parquet Courts on tonight’s ‘Compact’ Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Ariel Pink | Photo courtesy of the artist
Ariel Pink | Photo courtesy of the artist

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:

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Before the Rain: Made In America day two grooves with Grimes, Danny Brown, Vacationer (and two songs from Spoon)

Grimes | Photo by John Vettese
Grimes at Made in America | Photo by John Vettese

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 →

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Double up with The New Pornographers & Ty Segall on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

The New Pornographers | Photo by Jason Creps
The New Pornographers | Photo by Jason Creps

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 PornographersBrill Bruisers and Ty Segall‘s Manipulator! You’ll also hear a few of these new tracks in the mix:

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Couldn’t get tickets for Spoon’s sold-out Labor Day Free at Noon? Watch XPN’s video webcast of the show.

SPOON FREE AT NOON

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 →

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Stream Spoon’s “Do You,” the first single from They Want My Soul

Photo by Tom Hines
Photo by Tom Hines

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.

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Get messed up with PUP, Caribou, The New Pornographers and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Fucked Up | Photo by Brendan George Ko
Fucked Up | Photo by Brendan George Ko

Don’t miss an all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade tonight at 10pm on XPN! We’ll welcome the Toronto-based punk band PUP to the studio for a live performance, and spotlight the new album from one of their Canadian hardcore peers, the mighty Fucked Up! There have been countless new tracks surfacing in the last week, and we’ll hear just about all of them! Here are a few things you’ll hear in the mix tonight:


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Watch Spoon play a new song, “Rent I Pay,” from their NPR Music showcase

Photo by Tom Hines
Photo by Tom Hines

Spoon are releasing their new album, They Want My Soul, on August 5 on Loma Vista. The ten song collection includes a cover of Ann Margaret’s “I Just Don’t Understand”. Soul is the band’s first new album in four years. Yesterday, they debuted “Rent I Pay,” the lead-off song on the album at Le Poisson Rouge for NPR Music. Watch the live performance of the song below, along with the video for the studio version of it. Spoon are on the lineup for the Philly Made In America shows over Labor Day Weekend.