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Come Alive: Eternal Summers LIVE, Nick Diamonds and Jamie xx on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Eternal Summers | Photo by Brett Winter Lemon
Eternal Summers | Photo by Brett Winter Lemon

It’s been about a year since our friends Eternal Summers released an album, so that must mean it’s time for them to release another album! We’ll be joined yet again by the Roanoke trio on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade, as they play songs from their newly released LP, Gold And Stone, live in our studio. Tonight’s full two-hour show also features a spotlight on City Of Quartz, the new solo album from Nick “Diamonds” Thorburn (Islands, The Unicorns). Plus a few of these selections in the mix:

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Adventure Kids: Teen Men, The Front Bottoms and The Mynabirds on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade

Teen Men | Photo by Jessica Scarane
Teen Men | Photo by Jessica Scarane

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is BACK tonight at 11pm with an all new show (following last week’s time-traveling diversion). Tune in for a mix of hot-off-the-presses tracks and a few moldy old favorites thrown in for good measure. Each week on the Hit Parade we like to, among other things, spotlight a newly released album by playing a couple of tracks from it (like you might at your local record mongery). This week’s spotlight is on a band that’s been kind enough to join us for an IRHP Session in the past, Wilmington multimedia pranksters Teen Men. We’ll dig in to their self-titled debut in the second hour of tonight’s show. What else will you find on this week’s Indie Rock Hit Parade? You’ll just have to listen in to find out. Alternately, you could check out a few of the tracks below (but you should definitely should still listen tonight):

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Suburban Living’s Wesley Bunch talks to us about his April residency at Bourbon & Branch

Suburban Living | Via Facebook.com/suburbanliving
Suburban Living | Via Facebook.com/suburbanliving

About eight months ago, Wesley Bunch packed his bags in Virginia Beach and headed to Philly, only knowing a handful of people in the area. Performing under the moniker Suburban Living, Bunch left behind his hometown, but quickly connected with prominent local talent, landing him his first Philly show alongside CRUISR and Dream Safari.

“It’s been a total whirlwind,” Bunch said. “I’ve really fallen in love with the city and everything it has to offer.”

Suburban Living’s standout dream pop sound has us feeling lucky to have Bunch around. And with an upcoming residency at Bourbon & Branch, Suburban Living will play alongside local artists throughout April.

“The city is full of awesome musicians,” Bunch said. “I feel super lucky being able to curate all these upcoming shows.”

Here’s a rundown of each week’s lineup, with snippets of Bunch’s commentary on why he picked these openers. Continue reading →

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Teen Men cover “Two Blue Lights” by Songs: Ohia

Teen Men- photo via Facebook.
Teen Men- photo via Facebook.

All week long for our My Morning Downloads, we’re showcasing Philly Local bands who covered songs by Jason Molina, as part of Folkadelphia’s tribute to the songwriter, Unsung: Songs: Ohia. The recent 13th anniversary of the album Didn’t It Rain by Songs: Ohia, was the occasion for a recent feature produced by Folkadelphia’s Fred Knittel. Molina came to prominence in the late Nineties performing and recording as Songs: Ohia, solo projects. and as the Magnolia Electric Co. Molina sadly passed away from alcohol abuse-related organ failure in 2013. He was 39 years old. Continue reading →

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Unsung Folkadelphia #1: Jason Molina and Songs: Ohia’s Didn’t It Rain

Jason Molina, courtesy of Secretly Canadian.
Jason Molina, courtesy of Secretly Canadian.
From the 'Didn't It Rain' session, Jennie Bedford's lyric work sheet to "Steve Albini's Blues"
From the ‘Didn’t It Rain’ session, Jennie Bedford’s lyric work sheet to “Steve Albini’s Blues”

Welcome to the first chapter of Folkadelphia’s new project that we’ve gotten in the habit of calling Unsung.

In the history of music, there are many unsung artists and albums that we firmly clutch close to our hearts. These artists create the kind of music that we wish other people knew more about or cared more deeply for. We wish that we could share with others our exact feelings about how we’ve been touched and affected by some musicians. We want to show them the light. We want to sing these musicians’ unsung song for everyone to hear.

With this series, we hope we can provide a way for people to connect with music that has been influential beyond its commercial impact and, perhaps, appeal. It’s never too late to find a new favorite band and honor their legacy and discography.

For this first part, we focused on what has become one of my favorite albums: Songs: Ohia’s Didn’t It Rain, which was recorded in Philadelphia in 2002. Continue reading →

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Get jolly with tonight’s very special Indie Rock HOLIDAY Parade!

Dent May | Photo courtesy of the artist
Dent May | Photo courtesy of the artist

Break out your favorite kind of nog for a very special edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade! Tonight at 11pm (remember, that’s our new regular time!), the show becomes the Indie Rock HOLIDAY Parade: a full two-hour showcase of new and classic holiday sounds from some of your favorite indie artists. We’ll hear a few selections that are brand new for this year’s holiday season, and a very special guest will drop by to pick a retro favorite!

Here are a few of the things that might deck your halls tonight:
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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Teen Men

Teen Men | Photo by John Vettese
Teen Men | Photo by John Vettese

This week’s Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session features the Wilmington-based multimedia supergroup Teen Men! Formed by Nick Krill and Joe Hobson of The Spinto Band, Teen Meen also features a pair of visual artists, Catherine Maloney and Albert Birns. Though Birns wasn’t able to make it to our session, he was capably filled in for by Strand Of Oaks/Buried Beds keyboardist Eliza Hardy Jones. Teen Men’s music is more than just a soundtrack to their captivating video collages, employing playful synthesizers and jagged electric guitars.

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Stay up late with the Indie Rock Hit Parade at its new time!

Stars | Photo by Shervin Lainez, Courtesy of ATO Records
Stars | Photo by Shervin Lainez, Courtesy of ATO Records

The Indie Rock Hit Parade has always been proud to be a nighttime show on XPN, but do we dare go even LATER? Join host Eric Schuman (that’s me) each and every Friday night for a full two-hour show, now and forevermore at the new time of 11pm! This week, starting at 11pm, we’ll conclude our survey of the best indie releases of 2014. Also on this week’s show, starting at 11pm, we’ll have an all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session with the multimedia supergroup TEEN MEN (featuring members of The Spinto Band & Strand Of Oaks)! Don’t miss these tracks and more on the Indie Rock Hit Parade, tonight at 11pm:

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Teen Men at Boot and Saddle, The Fleeting Ends at Milkboy, Thrashgiving at Millcreek Tavern and more

Teen Men | Photo by Kate Bracaglia
Teen Men | Photo by Kate Bracaglia

Multimedia psych-pop outfit Teen Men are spending Thanksgiving Eve at Boot And Saddle. Though their full length debut is still a work in progress, their EP is a fun and frantic four-song set that you should put your ears to already if you haven’t yet. Learn more about the band – which features Spinto Band alums Nick Krill and Joe Hobson – in their feature interview with The Key’s Kate Bracaglia from last December. Tickets and information on the show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Space out with new music from The Raveonettes, Jungle and Ought on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

The Raveonettes | Image courtesy of the artist
The Raveonettes | Image courtesy of the artist

Tonight, it’s time for another Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Tune in starting at 10pm for a jam-packed mix of brand new music a some old favorites. Since we’ll be taking next week off to bring you the broadcast from our festival, there’s an extra amount of new music to try and fit in to tonight two-hour show. We’ll spotlight the debut album from the mysterious UK funk band Jungle, and hear a few of these fresh tracks:

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