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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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Rocking and Rolling Down South: A recap of Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Festival

Dr. Dog | Photo by Tom Beck
Dr. Dog | Photo by Tom Beck

There’s usually a downside to festivals having stacked lineup: with so many great artists, you’re never going to be able to see them all. So when I made the trek down south to attend what is becoming the best indie-rock festival in North America – the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta – there were a lot of difficult choices to be made. Do I see The Kooks or Wavves? Kaiser Chiefs or Manchester Orchestra? Wilco or Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds? Dr. Dog or Diamond Rugs?

But even with all these conflicts (my picks: Wavves, Manchester Orchestra, Wilco and Philly’s Dr. Dog), I wasn’t disappointed. Continue reading →

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Heat Goes On: Django Django, Titus Andronicus and Tame Impala on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Django Django | Photo courtesy of the artist
Django Django | Photo courtesy of the artist

It’s all about feeling the heat on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade. We’re back tonight at 11pm on WXPN, and tonight’s two-hour show is loaded with new tracks that are sure to get you worked up. We’ll be spotlighting Born Under Saturn, the newly released album from Django Django, and premiering a few choice tunes that are dripping off the presses. These are but a few of those:

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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.