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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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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Woods, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Jason Karaban and more

TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb popped into the studio to record a new Key Studio Session, three and a half years after their first one.  This session includes a special track called “Blood in the Bathtub” that was recorded at the band’s EP release show at Johnny Brenda’s.  Stream and download the full set here.

This week, we also shared the Key Studio Sessions Vol. 10 compilation, recorded over the last few in the WXPN studios.  On it, you’ll find tracks from a wide-ranging spectrum of artists including The Hundred Acre Woods, Ginger Coyle, Trophy Wife and Elegant Animals.  Check it out below.

Eric Schuman invited Brooklyn psych-folk outfit Woods in for a live session to air on last night’s Indie Rock Hit Parade.  As a preview, The Key shared a recording of “Leaves Like Glass,” which was included on the band’s recent With Light and With Love LP.  Get a copy below.

Earlier this week, Helen Leicht talked with Philadelphia native Jason Karaban about his new song “Low Road.”  Karaban told Helen that this version was recorded with a number of his musician friends, including Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) and Garrison Starr.  You can get a free download of the song below, and be on the look out for its appearance on EP from Karaban soon.

This week’s Folkadelphia session featured a performance by Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion.  The married pair have a lot of history in their blood – Sarah Lee is the daughter of Arlo Guthrie / granddaughter of Woody, and Irion is a grandnephew of John Steinbeck.  On their latest record Wassaic Way, they were joined by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, who helped create bold power pop / Americana twang.  Stream and download the live session below.

 

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Woods

Woods | Photo by Eric Schuman
Woods | Photo by Eric Schuman

It can be hard to pinpoint for the uninitiated the best mode of entry into the psychedelic-folk world of Woods, but as you can hear in our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade session, all roads lead to a wonderful place. Formed in 2005 around singer Jeremy Earl and guitarist Jarvis Taveniere, Woods is much more than just an inventive band with a nearly flawless catalog. The group has released six full length albums (including this year’s With Light And With Love) through their own label, the venerable Woodsist, all the while nurturing other like-minded artists like Kurt Vile, Real Estate and White Fence.They also gather the Woodsist family in Big Sur for a festival so popular that this year’s event is long sold out.

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Hear Woods play live, discover new tUnE-yArDs, Parquet Courts and Tycho on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!


Woods | Photo courtesy of the artist

So here’s the deal. The Indie Rock Hit Parade is taking next Friday off to make room for the incredible live performances of the 14th annual NonCOMMvention (which you should totally listen to). So join us tonight for an explosive two-hour show starting at 10pm on XPN. We’ve got a brand new session to premiere featuring the Brooklyn psych-folk collective Woods, and a new album from tUnE-yArDs to dig into. Also lots of fresh tracks from across the musical spectrum, including (but not at all limited to) the following:


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Preview Woods’ Indie Rock Hit Parade session, Download “Leaves Like Glass”

Woods at WXPN | Photo by Eric Schuman
Woods at WXPN | Photo by Eric Schuman

As the Penn Relays filled the streets around WXPN with stars of track and field on school buses, one lone tour van made its way down 31st Street. The occupants: Woods, a psychedelic folk outfit from Brooklyn that just released its seventh album, With Light and With Love. Primarily the project of singer-guitarist Jeremy Earl and multi-instrumentalist Jarvis Taveniere, the band has been around for almost a decade, and has released hazy heady albums on its own Woodsist label (not to mention like-minded work from Kurt Vile, Blues Control and Purling Hiss). With Light is perhaps Woods at its poppiest and most accessible, and the band was here to showcase it for the Indie Rock Hit Parade. You’ll be able to hear the session in its entirety on Friday night at 10 p.m. on XPN, but for now, we bring you a taste of it in our My Morning Download. Get your free mp3 below of “Leaves Like Glass,” and stay tuned to hear (and download) Woods’ entire set later this week.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: M.I.A. at Tower Theater, Gliss at Kung Fu Necktie, Woods at Boot and Saddle, and more

Photo via facebook.com/miauk
Photo via facebook.com/miauk

Tonight, M.I.A. graces the Tower Theater stage and fans (old and new) should, as always, expect a little bit of everything from the singer-songwriter’s genre-bending music. On her latest album Matangi, it’s clear that her sound is still a hybrid of electronic, pop, hip-hop and world music. Best known for her 2007 platinum hit “Paper Planes”, M.I.A. isn’t a traditional singer or rapper; she’s crafted a style that’s somewhere in between and it’s infectious. Watch “Y.A.L.A.” below and get tickets here

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A session with Dean Wareham, a spotlight on Woods and much more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Dean Wareham | Photo courtesy of the artist
Dean Wareham | Photo courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is packed to the gills with special fun! Tune in to XPN at 10pm as we dig into countless new releases and share some exclusive features. First, it’s a live in-studio session with the legendary Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500/Luna), then we’ll get to a spotlight on the newly released album from Woods, With Light And With Love! Here are a few more things you’ll hear in the mix tonight:

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Get weird with new music from Dum Dum Girls, Liars, Cloud Nothings and more on tonight’s “Compact” Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Dum Dum Girls | Image courtesy of the artist
Dum Dum Girls | Image courtesy of the artist

Another month brings us to another Final Friday which, in turn, brings us to another one-hour ‘Compact’ edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Stay tuned after Robert Drake’s Land of the Lost for a showcase of new and exciting tracks that have been boiled down to their highest concentration of cool. Here are a few of the things you’ll hear in the mix tonight starting at 11pm:

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Listen to Woods’ new single “Leaves Like Glass” (playing Boot & Saddle on 4/25)

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Brooklyn’s Woods will release its sixth studio album With Light and With Love on April 15th through Woodsist.  The LP is taking the psych / folk rock outfit on tour across the States, starting off at Boot & Saddle on April 25th.  With Light and With Love follows 2012’s Bend Beyond and expands the band’s sonic landscape to focus on more psychedelic arrangements.  “Leaves Like Glass” shows off full-bodied percussion and a “saloon piano” in the background that adds just enough unsettled, warping vibrations to give the track a sense of altered reality.  Stream the song below.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.