The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to your side tonight at 11pm on WXPN! Listen as we spotlight the debut album from one of the most talked-about acts of 2015, VIET CONG! We’ll also hear some of these brand new tracks in the mix:
It’s been ten years since Erik Petersen’s folk-punk outfit Mischief Brew released its EP Bakenal, and to mark the anniversary (and as an excuse to dust off some old tunes), he’s playing a rare acoustic set tonight at Boot and Saddle. The out-of-print EP was Mischief Brew’s first foray into the compact disc format – which seems a bit quaint today, but in the early aughts before mp3 streaming really took off, the ability to put your music out that way was something of a big deal. Also released that year was the Bellingham and Philadelphia EP, a split with celtic-influenced singer Robert Sarazin Blake, and Petersen says he plans to play both releases in their entirety “along with some old rare songs you always shout for but never hear. Yup, ‘Dirty Pennies,’ ‘Rambler’s Ghost,’ ‘Anti-Lullaby’… all of ‘em. It will also be the kick-off show of an acoustic mini-tour. Denise, Erik, pugs, Honda Element. Old school.” Tickets and information on the show can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to “Devil of a Time” from Bakenal.
Psychedelic garage rockers Unkown Mortal Orchestra just released a cover of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin on) The Dock of the Bay”, right before they kick off their U.S. tour this week in Washington. The band recorded the cover (complete with some great whistling) live on BBC 6Music, and they’re set to return to Philly’s First Unitarian Church on October 9th, promoting their sophomore album, II. Tickets and information can be found here.
Tonight at Underground Arts, local experimental pop band Grandchildren will kick off their spring tour and give fans a taste of their new album Golden Age, which is slated for a May release. Yesterday, The Key’s Adam Gould talked to Grandchildren about five things that have changed about the band since their 2010 debut Everlasting; read the interview here. Opening the 21+ show are Buried Beds and Son Step, more information is available at the WXPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch Grandchildren performing “Sunrise” for The Deli and Hot Box Studios’ Choice/Cuts session series.
Unknow Mortal Orchestra releases its new album, II, on Tuesday, February 5th on Jagjaguwar Records. Originally from New Zealand, UMO is the brainchild of Ruban Nielson and is based out of Portland. Stream the album in its entirety via NPR Music here. Stephen Thompson sums it up:
It’s hard to place Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s songs on a timeline: There’s uncertainty baked right into the band’s name, but its sound also shape-shifts frequently through the worlds of brittle indie-pop, Nuggets-era retro psych-rock, vintage soul and something more alien altogether.
Stream the album here. Unknown Mortal Orchestra play Union Transfer on Friday, March 1st with Wampire and Foxygen. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.