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Celebrate the 100th Indie Rock Hit Parade with Nick Diamonds (LIVE) plus new music and cherished memories!

Nick Diamonds | Photo by Juliette Cassidy
Nick Diamonds | Photo by Juliette Cassidy

You read that right! Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is the show’s 100th full episode! Sure, there have been some diversions and excursions along the way, but a celebration is a celebration, right? Right. So, in honor of this milestone, we’re going to spend tonight’s full, two hour show doing what we do best. Tune in at 11pm ET for a brand new live session with one of our favorite people, Nick Diamonds! You might know Nick as the brains behind bands like Islands and The Unicorns, and you won’t want to miss an incredibly fun performance of songs from his new solo album, City Of Quartz. Speaking of IRHP Sessions, we’ll hear a few favorite tracks recorded live for us over the past few years. Plus we’ll turn the clock all the way back to Episode 1 and hear the first set of music ever played on the show! And since it wouldn’t be an Indie Rock Hit Parade without a ton of new music, be on the lookout for a few of these new tracks in the mix:

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Dig into new album from The Front Bottoms, Kurt Vile, Battles and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

The Front Bottoms | Photo via Fueled By Ramen
The Front Bottoms | Photo via Fueled By Ramen

Such a special weekend calls for a super special Indie Rock Hit Parade, wouldn’t you agree? Tune in at 11pm (or better yet, stay tuned after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour show that’s nothing but nothing but ALBUM SPOTLIGHTS! We’ll hear three songs in a row from a variety of newly released records, including Kurt Vile‘s b’lieve i’m goin’ down, The Front BottomsBack On Top and Youth Lagoon‘s Savage Hills Ballroom! Here’s a sampling of what else you might hear tonight:

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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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