Get flashy with Beach Day, The New Pornographers & Literature on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Beach Day | Photo by Kimmy Drake
Beach Day | Photo by Kimmy Drake

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to the XPN airwaves tonight at 10pm! Tune in for a colossal assortment of brand new tracks from Beach Day, The New Pornographers, Tennis, Alvvays and more! And don’t miss our album spotlight on the newly released sophomore LP from Philly’s own Literature! Here’s a sampling of what’s in store tonight:

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Stream Tennis’ new “Never Work For Free”

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Indie-pop duo Tennis released their latest single, “Never Work For Free” as a free download late last week. The song comes from their latest LP, Ritual in Repeat, out September 9th, and was recorded with The Black Keys Pat Carney and Spoon’s Jim Eno.

Following their breakthrough single “Marathon,” Tennis recorded a session with the World Cafe. Last year, the band released Small Sound LP, where singer Alaina Moore explored different vocal styles. In “Never Work For Free”, the duo explore a more electronic-oriented approach; with the help of guitarist Patrick Riley’s interludes and a relentless drum beat from James Barone, Moore serenades the audience. In that sense, it’s closer to 2012’s Young and Old than anything else. However, the sound still has a distinct, sweet Tennis-like vibe to it.

The duo will be performing at Underground Arts with Pure Bathing Culture. Get more details here. Listen to the track below.


Poppy indie duo Tennis will perform at the November Communion Club Night at Underground Arts; listen to their new single “Mean Streets”

TennisWith last week’s Communion Club Night a wrap, the new monthly tour announced its November installment today, and breezy indie duo Tennis is topping the lineup. The Denver duo’s new EP Small Sound will be released on November 5th through Communion Records – the label wing of the global new music series launched by Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons – and you can check out it’s single “Mean Streets” below.

The November Communion Club Night tour also features New Zealand four-piece ON AN ON, Salt Lake City’s Night Sweats and Savoir Adore. It swings through Philly on November 7th at Underground Arts, tickets and onsale information will be announced shortly.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Alabama Shakes at The Electric Factory, Tennis at Union Transfer

WXPN welcomes 2012 favorites Alabama Shakes back to Philadelphia for a show at The Electric Factory.  The roots-rock band, led by Brittany Howard, wowed audiences with their debut record Boys & Girls earlier this year.  Their old-school southern blues is kicked up a notch with Howard’s power vocals and stage presence, which makes this a show you don’t want to miss.  Tickets are $25 here and doors are at 8:00 p.m with opening music by Fly Golden Eagle.  Below, watch Howard and her band perform “Be Mine” at World Cafe Live in April (and check out their latest video, released a few days ago, here).

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Listen to Wild Belle’s “It’s Too Late” (opening for Tennis at Union Transfer on Monday, October 1st)

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If you’re going to see Tennis at Union Transfer on Monday, October 1st, be sure to get there early to see the Chicago band Wild Belle. The brother-sister duo, Elliot and Natalie Bergman, combine indie-pop, singer-songwriterisms and elements of reggae and world music. Elliot is a member of NOMO, a highly regarded African/Jazz instrumental dance band; Wild Belle grew out of Natalie adding vocals to some of the band’s music. Music fans and music industry folks took notice of Wild Belle last March at SXSW when the band did a series of well received shows. As is sometimes the case, the unsigned bands at SXSW who deliver great shows and music, wind up being pursued by labels. In Wild Belle’s case, they recently signed with Columbia. Greg Kot, the music critic from the Chicago Tribune, and one of the hosts of Sound Opinions from WBEZ in Chicago (WXPN runs Sound Opinons on Sundays at 5PM) had this to say about the band: “Write this name down: Wild Belle. So far, the South by Southwest Music Conference belongs to them.” Below, listen to a new song from Wild Belle, “It’s Too Late.”


?uestlove, Yuck, Tennis and more added to POPPED! lineup, single-day tickets on sale this Friday

The lineup continues to grow for this year’s POPPED! Music Festival, taking place September 23rd-24th at Philadelphia’s FDR Park. This morning, it was announced that ?uestlove, Yuck, Tennis, Joy Formidable, Miniature Tigers, and Dead Confederate will all be making appearances. The artists will join headliners such as The Shins, Pretty Lights, Girl Talk, and Cage The Elephant at the two-day, three-stage outdoor event.

Single-day tickets for the festival are set to go on sale this Friday, July 8th at 10 a.m. They are $59.50 per day (plus fees), and are available at,, by phone at 800-745-3000, or at the Electric Factory Box Office located at 421 N. 7th Street (no fees for cash purchases). Two-day passes are also available for $110 (plus fees) at all of the above locations.


This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Tennis, Kurt Vile, The Get Up Kids, Dum Dum Girls, Wild Flag, Musicians On Call benefit


Tennis performs Friday, 3/4, at Johnny Brenda’s

Looking for inspiration for your next music project? Why not save up your pennies, buy a boat, and sail along the East Coast for eight months? It certainly worked for Denver’s husband-and-wife duo of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, who—after toiling away in a handful of lesser-known area bands—left their local scene behind them for the the tranquil waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Upon their return, Riley and Moore realized that—when it came to writing new music—their seafaring adventures made for a pretty good starting point. Thus, the lo-fi, ’60s-pop-inspired outfit Tennis was born, with the band releasing a three-song 7-inch on Underwater Peoples and reaching an unexpected critic’s darling status last year—all of which culminated in the debut full-length Cape Tory, released in January by Fat Possum Records. Tennis performs with Le Sera and Holiday Shores at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT.

Also playing: Kurt Vile at AKA Music (7 p.m., all ages, free); Bobby Long + The Kalob Griffin Band at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $22-$39); The Get Up Kids + Miniature Tigers, Brian Bonz at TLA (8 p.m., $25)

If you haven’t had your fill of low-fi, reverb-drenched, girl-fronted, garage-revival fuzz-pop, well, you probably already love L.A.’s Dum Dum Girls. The band is currently touring behind its brand-new four-song EP, He Gets Me High, the follow-up to last year’s full-length debut, I Will Be, on Sub Pop. The Dum Dum Girls performs with Minks, Party Photographers, and Dirty Beaches at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.

Also playing: The Get Up Kids + Miniature Tigers, Brian Bonz at TLA (8 p.m., $25)

Wild Flag

Wild Flag performs 3/6 at Johnny Brenda’s

One of the legitimate knocks against indie-rock “super groups” is that the music usually takes a back seat to the names of the people who create it. So, when a new band like Wild Flag—which includes Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, The Minders’ Rebecca Cole, and Mary Timony—comes to town, you probably wouldn’t think twice before giving the music a listen. But would you be so quick to reach for your headphones if you had never heard of anyone in the band? Eh….if you’re being honest, the answer is probably “no.” However, the good news is that “Glass Tambourine,” Wild Flag’s first official studio recording (which premiered today at NPR Music), stands on its own merit. Wild Flag performs with Yellow Fever at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT.

Also playing: 7th Annual WXPN Musicians On Call Benefit Concert featuring Josh Ritter + Lizanne Knott, Suzie Brown, Scot Sax, Kuf Knotz at World Cafe Live (7 p.m., $25); Paint It Black + Screaming Females, Punch, Iron Chic, and Give at First Unitarian Church; (5 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT).


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Tennis, Anyone?

The hotly hyped Denver husband-and-wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore – who perform as Tennis – roll into town this evening for a show at Kung Fu Necktie. The band’s first couple of (sold-out) singles released this past summer took the music blognoscenti by storm with their shimmering, jangly, sunshiny lo-fi songs. For that reason, the band’s musical DNA has been compared to that of Best Coast & Girls. If Tennis share anything with this lo-fi blog pop movement it’s their love of the simplistic pleasures of an uplifting AM pop song as the song “Marathon” (below) wonderfully exemplifies. The band’s debut album, Cape Dory, is being released on January 18th on Fat Possum records. Tennis perform tonight at Kung Necktie with Family Portrait opening. Showtime is 8PM. Tickets are $10.00. 21 and over.