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Take a nice big bite: The Mountain Goats, Hop Along & Young Guv on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

The Mountain Goats | Photo by Lissa Gottwals
The Mountain Goats | Photo by Lissa Gottwals

If you’re looking for action, look no further than tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN. Starting at 11pm, it’s a non-stop, two-hour showcase of some seriously great new releases (with a couple of old favorites thrown in for good measure). The centerpiece of tonight’s show is our Weekly Album Spotlight, where we’ll be hearing a few tracks from Beat The Champ, the new release from The Mountain Goats. Sure, this is their 15th full-length, but John Darnielle and company have become reinvigorated over the past few years, amping up production value and honing the wry and personal lyrics that have become the band’s trademark. Even if you’re not a fan of professional wrestling, you won’t be able to resist the self-examination and reflection (and hooks) to be found on Beat The Champ. Aside from that, we’ve got a stacked lineup of new tunes to get to, including a few of these.

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New music alert: Will Butler, Tame Impala, METZ and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Will Butler | Image courtesy of the artist
Will Butler | Image courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight with a smattering of brand new tracks for your ears and brain. Tune in to XPN starting at 11pm for a full two-hour show featuring, among other things, a spotlight on the solo debut from Arcade Fire’s Will Butler. We’ll also hear some of these smashing new tracks in the mix:

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Photos: The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala got cosmic at Festival Pier

The Flaming Lips | Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com All photos by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com

It was a double shot of modern psychedelic rock last night at Festival Pier with a double-bill of long-running cult faves The Flaming Lips as well as current luminaries Tame Impala. The five-piece Impala went first, playing a set that drew on both its current record Lonerism as well as its 2010 debut Innerspeaker. The performance was backed by a LED screen projecting patterns, colors and shapes in constant motion; the Lips, on the other hand, went trademark full-force with smoke plumes, firecrackers, Wayne Coyne singing from atop an octopus-looking spacecraft (or a spacecraft-looking octopus) and more. Joining in the fun, fans came to the show decked out in their most bizarre attire. Check out photos from the crazy show in the gallery below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Flaming Lips at Festival Pier, Blondie / X at Keswick Theater, Wesley Stace at World Cafe Live and more

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Hailed for their dense psychedelic compositions and exuberant nature, experimental alt-rock legends The Flaming Lips play alongside Tame Impala tonight at Festival Pier. Although the Oklahoma native, five piece outfit toned down their never-leave-a-dull-moment-untouched attitude with April release The Terror, front man Wayne Coyne tells Rolling Stone that the album is ”possibly the best Flaming Lips record ever made.” However bleak the release may be, it has not stifled the internationally acclaimed band’s over the top personality; which can be seen in their recent “Turning Violent” and Devo cover “Gates of Steel” videos seen below. Find details and tickets for tonight’s show at the XPN concert calendar.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Firefly, The Flaming Lips, The Downtown Club)

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Relive the weekend’s Firefly Festival with reviews and photos [link]

William Tyler stops by for a Folkadelphia [link]

David Dye, Michaela Majoun and the XPN hosts list their favorite albums of 2013 so far [link]

Vampire Weekend will perform at the Mann Center on 9/19 [link]

Italian prog-rock film composers Goblin will make their U.S. debut this fall, playing Underground Arts on 10/5 [link]

The Flaming Lips will play Festival Pier with Tame Impala on 10/3 [link]

Members of Belle & Sebastian will DJ a party at Dolphin Tavern following their July 10th show at the Mann Center [link]

Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick goes solo / acoustic on his new track “Creature Comfort” [link]

Stream local electronic / R&B duo Marian Hill‘s new single “Whiskey” [link]

Set times for this year’s XPoNential Music Festival have been announced [link]

Check out pictures of Wilco‘s Solid Sound Festival set, get ready to see them at XPo Fest next month [link]

Local new wave outfit The Downtown Club recorded this week’s Key Studio Session [link]