Wye Oak release new single “Glory” off of Shriek

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

Hot off their World Cafe showcase at SXSW, Wye Oak have released the first single from their new record Shriek.  ”Glory” sees the Baltimore duo working harmoniously together once again, despite settling on opposite sides of the country following the release of their 2011 LP Civilian.  Vocalist Jenn Wasner floats and glides over Andy Stack’s crisp, staccato drums while trembling synths find common ground between the two very different styles.  Check out a photo recap of Wye Oak’s World Cafe showcase here and pick up tickets to their May 3rd show at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club or May 5th show at Union Transfer here.


SXSW Dispatch: World Cafe’s breakfast showcase with Wye Oak, Phox and more

Wye Oak | Photo by John Vettese
Wye Oak | Photo by John Vettese
Our Thursday started rather early as we settled into the KUTX stage at Austin’s Four Seasons for a live broadcast of World Cafe sessions by Kins, Phox, Bright Light Social Hour and Wye Oak. Check out a gallery of photos from the showcase below, and tune in to Friday’s World Cafe to hear a playback of the sessions.


Not going to SXSW? Don’t worry. WXPN is bringing SXSW to you.

Lucius - Photo by Peter Larson
Lucius | Photo by Peter Larson

This week is the SXSW music conference in Austin, Texas – something you pretty much can’t miss if you frequent the music blogosphere. But if you’re staying home in Philly and find yourself scrolling through photos and tweets about amazing concerts you can’t go to, don’t get too bummed about it: WXPN is broadcasting sets by Lucius, Damon Albarn, The Hold Steady, Wye Oak and more live from SXSW on Thursday and Friday.

On Thursday, David Dye will be recording and broadcasting four live Cafe sessions from the Four Seasons hotel in Austin as part of the KUTX Morning Show. On Friday, David will co-host the Public Radio Rocks the SXSW Day Stage showcase from the Austin Convention Center with four other public radio stations including WFUV (New York), The Current (Minneapolis), KUTX (Austin), and KXT (Dallas).

Below are the lineups and set times for each day.

Thursday – World Cafe/KUTX Four Seasons sessions
8 a.m. – Kins
9 a.m. – Phox
10 a.m. – Bright Light Social Hour
11 a.m. – Wye Oak

Friday – Public Radio Rock the SXSW Day Stage
1 p.m. – Lucius
2 p.m. – The Hold Steady
3 p.m. – Phantogram
4 p.m. – Jeremy Messersmith
5 p.m. - Temples
5:30p.m. – Damon Albarn

In addition, both World Cafe and The Key will be roving about SXSW all weekend; we’ll bring you daily recaps here on The Key, while you can get real-time updates over at World Cafe’s Tumblr page. Below, sample some of the musicians featured during the live broadcasts from SXSW, and check back for our SXSW coverage all week.


Just Announced: Wye Oak headlining Union Transfer in support of a new LP on 5/5

Wye Oak | photo via
Wye Oak | photo via

Baltimore indie duo Wye Oak will return to Union Transfer on May 5th.  The band has gotten a lot of milage out of their 2011 record Civilian (they played in support of the LP twice already in Philadelphia), but have announced a new, currently untitled album coming sometime this year.  Tickets for the all-ages show go on sale Friday, January 24th.  More information will be available here.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wye Oak at Union Transfer, The 12th Street Music and Arts Festival, Steve Forbert at World Cafe Live, Maia Sharp, Garrison Starr and Adrianne Gonzalez at The Tin Angel, Tycho and The Album Leaf at The Trocadero

Indie favorites Wye Oak take over Union Transfer tonight.  The Baltimore duo continues to tour in support of their 2011 album Civilian, a record that found its name on the A.V. Club’s best of 2011 list.  Tonight, Wye Oak will be enchanting fans with their dreamy folk rock alongside Brooklynites Callers.  Tickets are $15.00 here, and doors are at 8:00pm for this all ages show.  Below, watch an acoustic version of “Civilian”.

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Photo Recap: The National + Yo La Tengo and Wye Oak at the Academy Of Music

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Watch the new video for “Holy Holy” by Wye Oak (opening for The National tonight and tomorrow at the Academy Of Music)

As we mentioned earlier today, Wye Oak will open for The National and Yo La Tengo at the Academy Of Music tonight and tomorrow night. Below, you can watch the new video for the Baltimore-based duo’s song “Holy Holy,” a sun-soaked, dreamy clip shot in Coney Island that follows the two as they ride roller coasters and swings against a washed out sky. “Holy Holy” is from the band’s latest album Civilian, which came out this spring. Wye Oak performs with The National and Yo La Tengo at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 7th, and Thurday, September 8th, at the Academy Of Music; tickets to the all-ages shows are $39.50.

Wye Oak – Holy Holy from Merge Records on Vimeo.