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Dried Out: Creepoid, The Front Bottoms and Telekinesis on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Photo by Noel Conrad
Creepoid | Photo by Noel Conrad

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is jam packed with just the stuff you need to make it through your Friday night in one piece. Tune in at 11pm on XPN for, among other fine things, a spotlight on the new album from Philly’s own Creepoid (it’s the next best thing to seeing them at JB’s tonight), plus a few of these fresh tracks 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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Awesome summer shows continue to pile up with The Front Bottoms and LVL UP playing PhilaMOCA

The Front Bottoms | Photo by John Vettese
The Front Bottoms | Photo by John Vettese

The summer concert calendar keeps getting better. Most recently, Philly has added The Front Bottoms to the agenda on a show featuring special guests LVL UP. The two quirky punk rock crews will play PhilaMOCA this summer on June 5th and we’re pumped. Find more information on the show by heading over to their Facebook event page and be sure to check out some of their music below. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Rachel Barrish’s Favorite Crowd Shots of 2014

Pissed Jeans | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Pissed Jeans | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Year-End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2014 awesome. In this installment, contributing photographer Rachel Barrish shares her favorite crowd shots of the year.

So, before I decided I wanted to work in music, I wanted to study people. Their quirks, their wants and desires, why they do the things they do and where those actions come from. Psychology, ya know? Photographing a concert is way more than just getting the perfect angle of the vocalist at the mic, it’s also about the crowd. Concert-goers and festival attendees are what make these events so memorable. How people react to a certain band is super interesting, whether it’s a pop punk band and people are screaming their lungs out, crowd surfing and stage diving, or a favorite singer/songwriter belting out those meaningful, soothing lyrics, feeling like you’re “one with the music” is part of the experience. People are priceless, fans are priceless. Continue reading →

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Dr. Dog’s Lawn of Mann brings eclectic excitement to the Skyline Stage

Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

On Saturday night, Dr. Dog treated us to an all-night party at the Mann Skyline Stage sharing the spotlight with Hop Along, The Front Bottoms, and Mac Demarco.  At first glance, this line-up sounds like it might not work but as proven by the end of the night, Dr. Dog is open to many sonic adventures, so it only makes sense that in their hometown, they took a chance and exposed their fan base to some music that may go against your average tour promoter’s instincts. Continue reading →

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Get friendly with Bear In Heaven, Ought, The Front Bottoms and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Bear In Heaven | Photo by Dusdin Condren
Bear In Heaven | Photo by Dusdin Condren

After a special all-sessions edition for the 4th of July holiday, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is back in full force tonight at 10pm on XPN! There’s a little bit of catching up to do, new music-wise, so tune in for brand new tracks from newly released and just-announced albums. We’ll dig into the debut release from the Montreal-based art-punk band Ought, and hear a few of these fine recordings in the mix:


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A pop-punk night to remember with Say Anything, The Front Bottoms and more

Say Anything | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Say Anything | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Thursday night the Electric Factory brought out pop punk fans of a new and old generation – “old” meaning the early aughts.

Supporting acts included You Blew It!The So So Glos and indie punk faves The Front Bottoms. You Blew It! and The So So Glos played uplifting sets, gearing up for the madness that was going to ensue for The Front Bottoms.

The Jersey four-piece rocked out singing numbers off their brand new EP, Rose. Lead singer Brian Sella told the teeming and enthusiastic audience “I can already tell this is going to be one of those shows that I’m going to remember the rest of my life.” He does a great job making a personal connection with the audience, taking selfies with them and making sure to look and smile at every person in his field of view. The band fired off its custom-made wacky waving inflatable flailing-arm man for the last couple of songs, and members of You Blew It! joined them onstage too, thrashing around and jumping on top of one another, picking up cymbal stands and banging them on the floor. And the crowd relished in all of it.

Following the craziness of TFB, headliners Say Anything took the stage. The band is touring is support of their new album Hebrews, out this month on Equal Vision Records. As a big Say Anything fan spiraling back to their album Is a Real Boy, I was hoping to hear all the hits from that record, and was only somewhat satisfied with a few majors fell short. Stand outs from the set included “Spider”, “Wow I can Get Sexual Too” as well as “Do Better” from their self-titled album. During the song “Cemetery”, lead singer Max Bemis’s wife, Sherri Dupree of the pop band Eisley came out to contribute guest vocals along with their adorable daughter, a rock star in the making for sure. Say Anything continued to rock out, led by Bemis’s powerful frontman vibrato. During the encore, he even pulled out an acoustic solo cover of ‘Ol Dirty Bastard’s “Got Your Money”. The evening ended on a high note with every band from the night joining Say Anything on stage to belt out the song, “Belt”. With a lot of friendship, a lot of sweat, and a whole lot of screaming, all of the performing bands put on a rad show that gave everyone in attendance – in the crowd and onstage – an evening to remember.

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Let loose with Strand of Oaks, People Get Ready and Ought on tonight’s ‘Compact’ Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Strand Of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren
Strand Of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren

As it does each final Friday, the Indie Rock Hit Parade gets condensed down to a one-hour ‘Compact’ edition tonight at 11pm on XPN! Stay tuned after Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake for a concentrated dose of new music and a few old favorites, too. We’ll spotlight the new album from Philly’s own Strand Of Oaks, and here a few of these fine selections in the mix as well:


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Movin’ On Up: Dr. Dog will play the Skyline Stage on 9/13, taking The Front Bottoms, Mac De Marco and Hop Along with them

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Dr. Dog rocking the Electric Factory in February | Photo by Noah Silvestry

For the past few albums, Philly rock and roll faves Dr. Dog have staged their hometown shows at the Electric Factory, usually selling the place out and more recently on back-to-back nights. While they’ve really begun to own that room and, as I observed in the winter, craft a friendly and familial atmosphere in what is pretty much a big warehouse, the question lingered in the air: when is the band going to take the next step?

Today, we got that answer: as it’s B-Room tour wraps around the country on another leg, Dr. Dog will headline the Skyline Stage at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, September 14th, a setting that couldn’t be more perfect. The capacity is just slightly bigger than the Factory, so it may not be a huge jump, but playing the Skyline is a great gateway to playing the Mann proper – and I can’t wait to see the boys rock (and pack) that house. And also, watching a show in open-air setting in the grove on a breezy late summer Saturday night with the city lights twinkling behind you and Dr. Dog in front of you could not possibly be a more Philly concert. Maybe if the Phanatic showed up again, or The Roots were there, but you get what I’m saying – this is going to be a treat.

Also a treat are the openers: Canadian impresario Mac DeMarco, who cunningly bridges the worlds of lo-fi drum-machine indie / weirdo rock (think Ariel Pink, Animal Collective) with the energy and in-yo-face attitude of mainstream party rock (Andrew W.K.), as well as Jersey’s The Front Bottoms, whose high energy poppy folk-punk is completely infectious and endearing (check out their new Rose EP or their recent Indie Rock Hit Parade session to see). Arrive early, stay late. UPDATE: Holy smokes the first opener is actually amazing Philly art punks Hop Along according to the flyer on Dr. Dog’s Twitter. Freaking out over here.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 27th, at 10 a.m. Listen to music from each of the artists below.

 

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: The Front Bottoms

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade session is with a band that we’ve been lucky to be friends with for several years. The Front Bottoms formed back in 2007 and released their self-titled album in 2011. We first met singer/guitarist Brian Sella and drummer Matt Uychich around that time, and we were instantly fans of their funny/sad/wordy/relatable take on punchy, punky rock. Since then, the band has blossomed into a four-piece touring outfit, with Tom Warren on bass and Ciaran O’Donnell on guitar, keys and trumpet. The gang stopped by our studios to play a few songs on one of the last days of their pre-tour break.

The Front Bottoms’ latest release is an EP called Rose. It follows last year’s full-length Talon Of The Hawk not with brand new songs, but with longtime concert staples that had yet to be committed to record. These songs are tested and honed, and play out with the same youthful intensity as the selections from their albums. Three of the songs in this session, “Jim Bogart,” “12 Feet Deep” and “Be Nice To Me,” are all featured on the new EP. Also included is a new song tentatively titled “Fuck, Jobs,” and a masterful take of Talon Of The Hawk highlight “Twin Size Mattress.”

Stream and download the complete Indie Rock Hit Parade Session with The Front Bottoms: