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Over Easy: Diet Cig play LIVE, new Chastity Belt on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Diet Cig | Photo by Shervin Lainez, courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade features the first in a multi-week series of new live sessions, direct from our studio! Listen starting at 11pm ET on WXPN for a full two-hour show that’ll kick off with a lively performance from Diet Cig. The New York duo released their debut album, Swear I’m Good At This, earlier this year, and they’ll play some of the album’s instantly-likable songs live. You can check out a sneak preview of their set on Vuhaus now, and listen for the full session tonight! Today also marks the release of Seattle quartet Chastity Belt‘s new album, I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone. We’ll dig into that on our IRHP Album Spotlight in the midnight hour. Be on the lookout for new tracks from Daddy Issues, White Reaper and Perfume Genius, too!

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Wear Black: The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns with new Mountain Goats, Land of Talk and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart!

the Mountain Goats | Photo by Jeremy Lange, courtesy of the artist

After a NonComm-induced break (which, don’t get me wrong, was a ton o’ fun), the Indie Rock Hit Parade is BACK for you tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Listen right after the May edition of Land of the Lost with Robert Drake for a full two-hour show that will definitely feature me breaking a sweat trying to catch you all up on the new music that has come out since we last hung out. Two Album Spotlights will guide the way in the midnight hour: First, we’ll dig into the much-anticipated new release from Canadian singer Elizabeth Powell aka Land of Talk. Then, don your best hardcore shirt as we listen to selections from the newest Mountain Goats album. Add in a bunch of new singles and you’ve got a show that is a real jump-start to your long weekend. Check out some of the new tracks below…

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A Lost Machine: New Grandaddy, Jay Som and The Mountain Goats on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Grandaddy | Photo courtesy of the artist

Just in time for a Friday night, the Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to you tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN. Stay tuned shortly after Making Time RADio with Dave P for a full two-hour show that, among other things, will feature a spotlight on the newly released album from this week’s Free at Noon guests, Grandaddy! The California band just put out Last Place, a terrific new album that happens to be their first in a decade. We’ll dig into that plus hear new tracks from dream-pop prodigy Jay Som, a surprisingly gothic Mountain Goats and more! Check out a few of the new tracks below…

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The Mountain Goats announce 17th record Goths with the whimsical tale of “Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds”

The Mountain Goats | via themountaingoats.bandcamp.com
The Mountain Goats | via themountaingoats.bandcamp.com

NO COMPED VOCALS. NO PITCH CORRECTION. NO GUITARS.

Those three statements dwell within the announcement of The Mountain Goats’ new record Goths, set to be released on May 19th. To hold us over until then, the band released the first single from the album with the Sisters of Mercy callout “Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds”.

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Philly Boy, Part 2: Listen to Jon Wurster guest DJ on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Jon Wurster | Photo by Eric Schuman
Jon Wurster | Photo by Eric Schuman

It’s always a good time when drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, the Mountain Goats) stops by the Indie Rock Hit Parade. This time around, Jon brought with him a batch of classic and rare Philly-centric indie and hardcore, along with some new and (perhaps rightfully) forgotten tracks. Jon also chats with host Eric Schuman in an extended conversation about his comedy partnership with Tom Scharpling, and how the duo are bringing The Best Show on the road for a live tour. Speaking of, you can see Scharpling and Wurster at Union Transfer on Sunday, December 13th.

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Planet JW: Guest DJ Jon Wurster returns to the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Jon Wurster and Tom Scharpling | Photo by Steven Brahms
Jon Wurster and Tom Scharpling | Photo by Steven Brahms

Tonight at 11pm, the Indie Rock Hit Parade welcomes back its resident guest DJ for another round of music and mayhem. Jon Wurster spends most of his time as the drummer for Superchunk, the Mountain Goats and Bob Mould, but is also one half of the celebrated comedy duo behind The Best Show, Scharpling and Wurster. The last time Jon visited the studio, almost exactly a year ago, he shared memories of growing up in and around Philadelphia and played songs that were formative in his earliest days as a musician and music fan. This time, Jon will share some rare tracks from the golden age of Philly indie and hardcore, and we’ll talk about translating the long-running Best Show into a live comedy experience. You can see Jon with Tom Scharpling (and some surprise guests) as they bring The Best Show to Union Transfer on Sunday, December 13th.

Along with Jon’s picks, we’ll hear a bunch of brand new tracks in the mix, such as…

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I’m not bossy, I’m the boss: Speedy Ortiz, Waxahatchee & Jacco Gardner on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade

Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete
Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete

After a brief break, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is back and better than ever. Tune in at 11pm tonight (right after Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour edition with a lot of ground to cover. On tonight’s Weekly Album Spotlight, we’ll dig into Foil Deer, the newly released second album from Boston’s Speedy Ortiz. The band happens to be in town this weekend at Johnny Brenda’s, and word on the street is that they’ll be paying us a visit for an in-studio session, too! There are plenty more things to explore and discover on tonight’s show, like a few of these fresh gems:

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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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Stream The Mountain Goats’ Beat the Champ before their upcoming Union Transfer show

The Mountain Goats | Photo by Lissa Gotwals
The Mountain Goats | Photo by Lissa Gotwals

Q: What happens when you mix old-school professional wrestling and folk trio The Mountain Goats?

A: Beat the Champ, the group’s upcoming album available for streaming over on NPR’s First Listen. Much like their other albums, Beat the Champ plays like an energetic history lesson and insightful look into a niche environment. Continue reading →