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Wye Oh Wye: Flock of Dimes, LVL UP and Beach Slang on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Flock of Dimes | Photo by Paley Fairman, courtesy of the artist
Flock of Dimes | Photo by Paley Fairman, courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade has just the thing for you. That is, if the thing you need happens to be a wide variety of brand new music tunes. Listen in at 11pm ET on WXPN for a full two-hour show that, among other things, will feature TWO spotlights on newly released albums. First up is If You See Me, Say Hello, the debut album from Flock Of Dimes. Flock Of Dimes is the on again-off again solo project of Jann Wasner, better known as one half of Wye Oak. We’ll also hear tracks from the Sub Pop debut of NY’s wooly guitar crushers LVL UP. The band has been making retro-minded and forward-thinking music for several years, and Return To Love is easily their best record yet. Also in the mix, new things from Philly punks Beach Slang, eclectic shoegazers Slothrust and jangle purveyors EZTV. Preview some of those below…

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Your Best American Girl: Mitski, clipping. and Teenage Fanclub on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Mitski | Photo by Ebru Yildiz, courtesy of the artist
Mitski | Photo by Ebru Yildiz, courtesy of the artist

Tonight, the Indie Rock Hit Parade returns with a new music-packed show crafted especially for you! Listen at 11pm ET on WXPN (or better yet, just stay tuned after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour show that, among other things, will feature a spotlight on the new album from recent Free at Noon guest Mitski! The NY artist just released her new album, Puberty 2, and we’ll hear a few tracks from it on tonight’s IRHP Album Spotlight. Also in the mix, a smattering of new tracks from Angel Olsen, clipping., Teenage Fanclub and oh so much more. Check out a few of those new things below…

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Tween Dream: New Wye Oak, Guided By Voices & Pill on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Wye Oak | Photo by Natasha Tylea, courtesy of the artist
Wye Oak | Photo by Natasha Tylea, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is headed your way tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Embrace it.

On tonight’s show, we’ll spotlight the newest release from Baltimore favorites Wye Oak. Tween is the duo’s latest release, and it collects tracks from, yes, between their two most recent full-lengths. We’ll hear a couple of these rarities tonight, plus new tracks from Guided By Voices, Preoccupations and Pill. To name just a few, that is. Check out some of the new tracks below:

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Masterpiece: Big Thief LIVE plus new Wye Oak, of Montreal & Todd Terje on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Big Thief | Photo by Sasha Arutyunova, courtesy of the artist
Big Thief | Photo by Sasha Arutyunova, courtesy of the artist

We’ve got a very special treat for you on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade! Listen in starting at 11pm ET on WXPN (that’s right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese, you know) for a full two-hour show that’ll kick off with a phenomenal live performance. The New York band Big Thief recently played an opening slot for Nada Surf at World Cafe Live Philadelphia, and we were there to record it all! Hear Big Thief play songs from their newly released debut Masterpiece LIVE on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade! Also in the mix are new tracks from Baltimore’s Wye Oak, Norwegian DJ Todd Terje and Nashville sludge-popsters Diarrhea Planet. Check out a few of the new things below…

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Watch Wye Oak cover Pat Benatar’s “We Belong,” see them at Johnny Brenda’s on 6/17

Wye Oak | Photo by John Vettese
Wye Oak | Photo by John Vettese

Wye Oak, the indie-rock duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, have gone through a number of permutations over the years. The group’s first three records each featured Wasner on guitar and were impeccable experiments that deftly combined both quieter folk elements and screeching rock. Everything was anchored by Wasner’s commanding vocals and Stack’s imposing drumming.

On the group’s 2014 record Shriek, things changed. Wasner ditched her guitar in favor of a bass, and Stack began relying heavily on synthesizers. While still a successful record, the shift rendered Wye Oak nearly unrecognizable.

This week, the duo covered Pat Benatar’s “We Belong” for the A.V. Club. It’s a somewhat amusing and peculiar song choice, but the group handles it well, with Wasner exploring a sultry, deep vocal register that doesn’t often showcase itself on Wye Oak’s own records. Continue reading →

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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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Wye Oak went syntheziser-happy on a welcoming Union Transfer crowd

Wye Oak | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
The dueling basses of Wye Oak | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

Wye Oak took the bold step of ditching their classic indie guitar rock in favor of a synthesizer for their newest album Shriek. While Jenn Wasner has expressed some apprehension on whether or not the gamble would pay off, the crowd at Union Transfer on Monday night welcomed the duo with open arms. The mixture of synths and guitars breathed new life in to the duos catalogue, and beefed up already meaty songs such as “Holy Holy.” It as a stripped down affair (as stripped down as one could be with a bunch of plugged in instruments), just the two of them laying it all out on stage, and as the giddy couple next to me predicted, faces were melted.

Openers Braid have an ethereal style that perfectly compliments some of the grittier edges of Wye Oaks music. After a rough start (they were a bit off sync on song 1 and had to start over), they serenaded us all in to the main event.

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Playing in Lancaster feels like home to Wye Oak

Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko / Wye Oak
Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko / Wye Oak

You almost can’t go wrong with a Saturday show at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club. And this past Saturday was a grand performance by rising Baltimore duo Wye Oak as they celebrate their April release of Shriek.

Keeping the night experimental from start to finish, Montreal shoegaze-inspired art rockers Braids took to the Lizard Lounge stage first. The lights stayed low as the three members took the crowd on a psychedelic ride through tracks off of Flourish // Perish (2013) and Native Speaker (2011). Don’t be fooled by the soft spoken demeanor of lead singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston. Although this frontwoman seems like the sweet girl next door, her high pitched vocals gives an extra power kick to the edgy downbeats and Sombear vibes.

The intimate crowd pushed forward as Wye Oak came to the stage. Although just a duo, their synthesized heavy sound packs the punch of a full band complete with keys, drums, and bass. The sound of Shriek is a bit of a departure for the duo, whose earlier work leaned more indie-folk. Although their fist time to play in Lancaster, lead singer Jen Wasner told the crowd that it was just like playing at home for a room filled with family and friends. Running through a well-received set from their latest Shriek, the band came back to the stage for a four song encore to finish off the night. Wye Oak is a duo you do not want to miss as they roll through town. With each guitar riff and downbeat head-banging worthy, it is hard not to fall into a trance under the eclectic melodies and compelling vocals.

If you didn’t catch the show in Lancaster, make sure to get tickets for their Union Transfer show tonight. Check out the photo gallery below to see what you’re in for.

 

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wye Oak at Union Transfer, Doug Paisley at Boot and Saddle, and Suzanne Vega at World Café Live

Wye Oak | photo courtesy of the artist
Wye Oak | photo courtesy of the artist

Indie duo Wye Oak will celebrate their newly released album Shriek tonight with fans at Union Transfer. It’s the fifth record for the Maryland natives who just released a new video for one of its tracks, “Glory” where vocalist Jenn Wasner’s falsetto shimmers in contrast to the creepy visual. Check it out below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Both at Union Transfer, Ataloft at the Ardmore Music Hall, Jessy Lanza at North Star Bar and more

The Both | via facebook.com/theboth
Tonight, audiences will get the best of both worlds. After touring together in 2012, singer / songwriter Aimee Mann and punk / indie guitarist Ted Leo have teamed together for a new project, The Both. On April 15, the two released their first and self-titled album via Mann’s Super Ego Records. (Fun Fact: The Both was the first band to play at the newly opened Boot & Saddle.) Check them out tonight at Union Transfer. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $24.

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