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Spend some time in the studio with Dean Wareham, The Front Bottoms, Cut Copy and more on tonight’s very special Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Eternal Summers | Photo by Eric Schuman

There’s simply no better way to celebrate America than with a special edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade! Tune in to XPN tonight at 10pm as we head back into the studio and revisit favorite selections from our assortment of Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Sessions! We’ll hear exclusive performances from newcomers like Cub Sport and Dresses, as well as established folks like Woods and Eternal Summers!

It should be mentioned that all of our IRHP Sessions are available for download. Right HERE, in fact!

For your ongoing enjoyment, here’s a Spotify playlist of last week’s ‘Compact’ show, featuring Strand Of Oaks, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Ought!

See you tonight at 10pm for a very special Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN!

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The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns with Metronomy, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Little Dragon and more!

Metronomy | Photo by Gregoire Alexandre
Metronomy | Photo by Gregoire Alexandre

After a short break to make room for last week’s NonCOMMvention broadcasts, the Indie Rock Hit Parade will once again be by your side tonight at 10pm on XPN! Tune in as we return in the grandest way we know: We’ve got a lovely new session from Metronomy to share, as well as a spotlight on the newly released album from The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. We’ll also get to a ton of new tracks, including a few of the following:


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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Johnny Brenda’s, Bondage and Discipline at Underground Arts

via facebook.com/ThePainsOfBeingPureAtHeart
via facebook.com/ThePainsOfBeingPureAtHeart

Oh man how I wish I could tell you a cartoon band a la Jem and the Holograms was playing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight, but you know what? The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are a pretty freaking great alternative, even if they’re only cartoons in their amazing new video for “Until The Sun Explodes.” (Watch it below.) Last month the band released its latest and best album, Days of Abandon, and it’s a delightful set of anthemic ethereal dream pop. You probably know all the 80s / 90s comparison points by now (if not: Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, The Smiths) – regardless of who they might sound like, The Pains are the genuine article. Tickets and information on tonight’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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The Pains of Being Pure At Heart announce Days of Abandon album, show at Johnny Brenda’s

Photo via facebook.com/thepainsofbeingpureatheart
Photo via facebook.com/thepainsofbeingpureatheart

Dipped in dreams with sprinkles of the atmosphere on top, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are about as blissful as indie-pop gets and with their new album Days of Abandon on the way, they’re bound to get even better. The new 10-track LP is their first since 2011′s Belong and arrives on April 22nd with a concurrent tour beginning next month. Local fans can catch the band at Johnny Brenda’s on May 19th. Watch a trailer for the album, which features new cut “Art Smock”, below and get tickets here when they go on sale March 3rd at 12pm.

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Get lost behind footage with Eternal Summers on their new video

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Virginia dream punk power trio Eternal Summers is releasing its third album, The Drop Beneath, on March 4th and hits up Boot and Saddle the very next day for a show with Cheatahs.

 (Read More – Eternal Summers explore new sounds at Kung Fu Necktie)

Today, the band released its newest music video for the single “Gouge.” Reminiscent of a psychedelic 60s movie, the video features footage of all three bandmates backed by overlapping footage, set to a brisk tempo and guitar tones reminiscent of 80s Cure and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Check it out below and buy tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Echo Orbiter w/ Break it Up and Trouble Everyday, El-P w/ Killer Mike and Asher Roth, Roger Waters, Hop Along, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Saturdays are for raging, and there are some rockin’ shows happening this evening that you would be wise to attend. But there are so many to choose from! Here’s our list of some awesome ragers:

Echo Orbiter play with Break it Up and Trouble Everyday (reunited!) at Kung Fu Necktie. Bands in the Backyard recently did a short backyard session with Echo Orbiter, which you can view below, and Trouble Everyday was featured in this week’s Key Studio Session. Tickets to this 21+ show are $8, doors at 8 PM.

Over at the Troc, El-P plays with special guests, Killer Mike and college boy, Asher Roth. This show is all ages and starts at 9 PM, tickets are 20 smackeroos.

Roger Waters “The Wall” tour makes a stop at Citizens Bank Park tonight. You can purchase tickets to the show here, show starts at 8:45 PM.

Hop Along recently had their CD release show for Get Disowned at First Unitarian Church; they play tonight at Johnny Brenda’s with Secret Mountains and DRGN KING. Tickets to this 21+ show are $10.

The Saturday free concert series at Morgan’s Pier continues this evening with a performance from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. This 21+ show is free and starts at 5 PM.

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Free Music Saturdays at Morgan’s Pier and R5; upcoming shows include Free Energy, Hoots & Hellmouth, Jukebox The Ghost and more


The folks at Morgan’s Pier and R5 have a free summer concert series every Saturday through the end of August with some great bands. Morgan’s Pier is also having some special guest DJ’s coming up including Questlove, Tim Sweeney, Juan Maclean and more, so check out the schedule for those as well here. Upcoming Saturday shows include:

Saturday, June 23rd – Free Energy and Grandchidren
Saturday, June 30th – Algernon Cadwallader
Saturday, July 7th – Hoots & Hellmouth
Saturday, July 14th – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Saturday, July 21st – Fang Island
Saturday, July 28th – Pissed Jeans and A Place To Bury Strangers
Saturday, August 4th – Jukebox The Ghost
Saturday, August 11th – TBA
Saturday, August 18th – Mishchief Brew
Saturday, August 25th – TBA

Go here for show times and more information.

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Photo Recap: Popped! Music Festival featuring The Shins, Cage The Elephant, Panda Bear, Pretty Lights, Girl Talk, + more

All photos courtesy of Kevin Kennedy over at The Swollen Fox. From The Swollen Fox’s review of Popped! Music Festival, Day One:

Even before a single band had hit the stage, this year’s Popped! Music Festival was not off to a good start. Just a few days before the festival, organizers had to make the gut-wrenching decision to move the festival indoors due to the forecasted weather. No one can blame them for the move; they can’t control the weather and it’s certainly not their fault FDR Park wouldn’t be able to survive both the rain and thousands of people pounding its grounds. Nevertheless, no one seemed to be all that happy about the unfortunate move.

For the full review of the entire festival (including a ton of additional photos of each performing act), as well as a comprehensive calendar of upcoming shows in Philadelphia, visit The Swollen Fox. (Thanks to Kevin for sharing his photos with us.)