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The New Pornographers unveil new music video for “War on the East Coast”

Photo by Chris Buck
The New Pornographers | Photo by Chris Buck

The New Pornographers are back at it again with their new album, Brill Bruisers, set to be released this August. Luckily, the Canadian indie rockers gave us a sneak peek of a new tune, and video to go with it. The song’s called “War on the East Coast,” and the music video features the band walking around a turbulent city riddled with chaos. The band plays the Union Transfer November 20th; get tickets to see them here.

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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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Get messed up with PUP, Caribou, The New Pornographers and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Fucked Up | Photo by Brendan George Ko
Fucked Up | Photo by Brendan George Ko

Don’t miss an all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade tonight at 10pm on XPN! We’ll welcome the Toronto-based punk band PUP to the studio for a live performance, and spotlight the new album from one of their Canadian hardcore peers, the mighty Fucked Up! There have been countless new tracks surfacing in the last week, and we’ll hear just about all of them! Here are a few things you’ll hear in the mix tonight:


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Anthemic, rocking, and sparkly: listen to new song by The New Pornographers, “Brill Bruisers”

Photo by Chris Buck
Photo by Chris Buck

The New Pornographers are releasing a new album, Brill Bruisers, on August 26th. The indie super group includes AC (Carl) Newman, Blaine Thurier, Dan Bejar, John Collins, Kathryn Calder, Kurt Dahle, Neko Case and Todd Fancey. They play Union Transfer on Thursday, November 20th. Over the last four years, Newman, Neko Case, Kathyrn Calder, Todd Fancey and Dan Bejar (Destroyer) have each released solo material, however they came together to record the new Pornos album in various studios in Vancouver, Woodstock, and Austin. On the New Pornos’ website Newman says: “We wanted Xanadu and we wanted Sigue Sigue Sputnik, which translated into sparklier and faster.” And sparklier and faster it sounds. In fact, the title song, “Brill Bruisers,” sounds downright Electric-Light-Orchestra-majestic and celebratory. Listen to the song below.

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Best Coast to be featured in new Fleetwood Mac Tribute Album; playing Union Transfer in July


Direct Current has announced that there will be a tribute album to Fleetwood Mac to be released on August 14th. The album was produced by Randall Poster, a music supervisor and producer who did the Buddy Holly tribute album last year.

Direct Current said:

Another difference with the tribute album is that each of the contributing artists had complete independent control over the style and vision for their songs. The result is a collection of often radically reworked versions of well-known (and some more obscure) Fleetwood Mac songs.

Entrance Band – Green Manalishi
Crystal Ark – Tusk
Best Coast – Rhiannon
New Pornographes – Think About Me
MGMT – Future Games
Marianne Faithful – Angel
Anthony Hegarty – Landslide
Ranaldo and Mascis – Albatross
Trixie Whitley – Before the Beginning
Washed Out – Straight Back
Super Wolf – Storms
The Kills – Dreams
Gardens and Villa – Gypsy
Billy Gibbons – Oh Well
Lykke Li – Silver Springs

Best Coast,  who cover “Rhiannon,” is no stranger to Fleetwood Mac covers. They previously did a cover of “Storms” which you can listen to below. Best Coast is playing at Union Transfer on July 16th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.