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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Cut Worms

Cut Worms | Photo by Katie Tapman for XPN

Joining us for this Indie Rock Hit Parade live session is an artist with an immediately arresting approach to music. Essentially, Max Clarke is Cut Worms. The singer/guitarist recorded his earliest songs largely on his own, before teaming up with members of Foxygen and Woods to track his full-length debut, Hollow Ground. Currently on tour in support of the album, Clarke is joined by keyboardist John Andrews and bassist Keven Lareau, both members of the band Quilt, along with drummer Noah Bond. Before their slot opening for King Tuff at the First Unitarian Church, Cut Worms stopped by our studio to perform some of the new songs live.

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Out of Space: Fujiya & Miyagi, Cold Beat and Woods on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Fujiya & Miyagi | Photo by Paul Heartfield, courtesy of the artist

If you can manage to tear yourself away from the new Kendrick album for a few hours tonight, might I recommend spending some time with the Indie Rock Hit Parade? The show starts at 11pm ET on WXPN, which happens to be right after this month’s edition of What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese (another excellent way to spend your evening). On tonight’s two-hour show, we’ll spotlight new releases from UK electro vets Fujiya & Miyagi, whose new EP completes a trilogy which, itself, acts as the band’s sixth full-length. We’ll also hear selections from Chaos By Invitation, the third album from Grass Widow’s Hannah Lew as Cold Beat. Also in the mix are new singles from Woods, Juliana Hatfield and Guided By Voices, so stay alert! Preview some of the new things below…

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Autodrama: Puro Instinct, Deakin & Nothing on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Puro Instinct | Photo by Mark Squires, courtesy of the artist
Puro Instinct | Photo by Mark Squires, courtesy of the artist

I’ll be honest: Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is a little all over the map. Tune in at 11pm ET on WXPN to hear how things shake out. With more individual tracks coming out this week than full-length albums, we’ll forego the tradition spotlight feature in favor of a smattering of fresh new singles. We’ll hear gauzy pop from the sister duo Puro Instinct, the solo debut from Animal Collective guitarist Deakin, and a blast of noise energy from Philly’s own Nothing. And that’s just a sample! Preview those tracks below…

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SWEEP! Parquet Courts, Woods & John Congleton on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Parquet Courts | Photo by Ben Rayner, courtesy of the artist
Parquet Courts | Photo by Ben Rayner, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade comes your way tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Make sure you’re listening, because this was another big week for new album and song releases. So big, in fact, that we’ll have another DOUBLE Album Spotlight on the show! Not only will we hear new tracks from Parquet Courts‘ much-anticipated Human Performance, but we’ll dive into City Sun Eater In The River Of Light, the newest album from Woods. But that’s just the start! There are new tracks from Car Seat Headrest, Whitney, Moonface and more, so check out a little preview below:

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Fools Gold: Bleached, Black Mountain & Operators on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Bleached | Photo by Nicole Anne Robbins, courtesy of the artist
Bleached | Photo by Nicole Anne Robbins, courtesy of the artist

Don’t be some kind of April Fool: Listen to the Indie Rock Hit Parade, tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! You might have noticed that something like a metric TON of new albums came out today. We’ll throw the spotlight on not one but TWO new releases: Welcome The Worms by L.A. garage-punks Bleached and IV by Vancouver’s riff-monsters Black Mountain. As if that weren’t enough for you (which it isn’t, let’s be honest), we’ll hear new tracks from Yeasayer, Operators, Car Seat Headrest and more! Check out a few of the things you’ll hear in the mix below…

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Sugarblast: Celebrate Shoegaze on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Curve | Photo courtesy of the artist
Curve | Photo courtesy of the artist

Tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN, the Indie Rock Hit Parade celebrates “The Scene That Celebrates Itself.” To commemorate the release of the new 5-CD box set Still in a Dream: A Story of Shoegaze 1988-1995, the entire 11pm hour of the Hit Parade will be devoted to SHOEGAZE! For those that aren’t so familiar, we’ll hear from a few of the genre’s luminaries, plus some deeper cuts for those of you who are already well acquainted. Stick around for loads of new music in the midnight hour, including a spotlight on the latest and greatest album from Jack Tatum a.k.a. Wild Nothing! Plus a few of these tracks might show up in the mix:

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Run it: Spotlight on Chairlift plus new Islands and Deep Sea Diver on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade

Chairlift | photo courtesy of the artist
Chairlift | photo courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is all laced up and ready to go, right after this month’s Land of the Lost with Robert Drake on WXPN! Listen in starting at 11pm ET for a full two-hour show that’s full of premieres and a few surprises, too. We’ll spotlight Moth, the new third album from Chairlift in the second hour of the show and we’ll hear songs from TWO new albums that our friends Islands will release in the Spring. Be on watch for those and more:

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Shack up with Savages, Eleanor Friedberger & Woods on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Savages | Photo by Dustin Cohen, courtesy of the artist
Savages | Photo by Dustin Cohen, courtesy of the artist

Not even the “Blizzard of the Century” can stop the Indie Rock Hit Parade from coming your way at 11pm ET tonight on WXPN! We’ve got plenty of sizzling treats to keep you warm, like an Album Spotlight on Adore Life, the new full-length from UK noise rockers Savages! Also some of these freshly roasted tracks will be in the mix, so look out below!

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Woods at Boot and Saddle, Clean Bandit at Underground Arts

Woods | Photo via Woodsist
Woods | Image via Woodsist

Boot and Saddle welcome folk pop group Woods tonight. The band began as a side project for Jeremy Earl of Meneguar and developed into a standalone endeavor as Earl and bandmates continued to produce more and more music. They are joined this evening by New York City’s Quilt. Listen to “Leaves Like Glass” below, and find tickets for the 21+ show here. Continue reading →

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Go under the covers on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Luna | Photo by Stefano Giovannini
Luna | Photo by Stefano Giovannini

This Friday night, XPN kicks off a special Under The Covers weekend, and the Indie Rock Hit Parade is getting in on the fun! Starting at 11pm, the Indie Rock Hit Parade kicks off 2015 with two hours of covers from some of our favorite indie artists. We’ll hear songs by The Kinks, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush and others covered by often unlikely groups. We’ll also spotlight a few bands fronted by Dean Wareham, who has a long history of making other people’s songs his own. Here are a few things you might hear tonight:

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