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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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Hear Daniel Rossen play live, discover new Wye Oak, Parquet Courts and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!


Daniel Rossen | Photo courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to its full two-hour glory tonight at 10pm on WXPN! Listen as we share an intimate new session with Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear/Department Of Eagles), a spotlight on Wye Oak‘s bold new album and fresh tracks from across the musical landscape.

Here are a few things you’ll hear in the mix tonight:


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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Wye Oak | photo via www.wyeoakmusic.com
Wye Oak | photo via www.wyeoakmusic.com

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.