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Dance ‘Apocalipstick’: New Cherry Glazerr, Foxygen and Dirty Projectors on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Cherry Glazerr | Photo by Felisha Tolentino, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is coming for YOU tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! Listen for a floor-to-ceiling spread of brand new tracks on tonight’s two-hour show. In the mix are new releases from Spoon, Dirty Projectors, Diet Cig and more, plus a DOUBLE ALBUM SPOTLIGHT on two new records that just came out today. We’ll hear from the explosive California trio Cherry Glazerr, and we’ll dig in to the string-swept new album from Foxygen. Check out a few of the new things below, won’t you?

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to Spoon’s new song, check out Radiohead’s U.S. tour dates, read about Johnny Rotten’s book

Photo by Tom Hines
Photo by Tom Hines

Spoon has finally confirmed — after much teasing and several false announcements — that their next album will be called Hot Thoughts and will be out March 17. The album will feature 10 songs, including the ones Spoon debuted during a recent show at Antone’s in Austin. The title track out today; you can listen to it below.  Continue reading →

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Eaux Claires Day 1: Mud, Sweat and Tears

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

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 →

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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 →