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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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Photo Recap: Youth Lagoon played Union Transfer

All photos by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com

Performing in front of a brightly lit, multicolored backdrop, cerebral Idaho psych-pop band Youth Lagoon performed at Union Transfer on Friday night. The band is on the road in support of its sophomore album, Wonderous Bughouse, released in March on Fat Possum Records. Check out scenes from the night in the photo gallery above.

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Watch a video for “Childhood’s End” from Majical Cloudz (playing Union Transfer on 5/10)

majical cloudz

Matador Records artist Majical Cloudz (real name Devon Welsh) called in some parental assistance for the visual accompaniment to “Childhood’s End.”  Starring in the chilling, heartbreaking black and white video is the younger Welsh’s father Kenneth Welsh, known to TV enthusiasts as Windom Earle from Twin Peaks.  The elder Welsh plays a lonely janitor with a surprising (and perhaps hidden) artistic talent who seems to have reached his limit as he stands before a stopped train and begs it to move forward on the icy, frozen tracks.  “Childhood’s End” is taken from Majical Cloudz’s forthcoming label debut Impersonator, set for release on May 21st.  Tickets and information for the May 10th show at Union Transfer with Youth Lagoon can be found here.  Watch the video, directed by Emily Kai Bock, below.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Youth Lagoon at Union Transfer

Few things are more endearing than a celebrity with a humble heart. 22-year-old Boise-bred Youth Lagoon (aka Trevor Powers) writes bedroom-produced dream-pop composed of piano and synth instrumentals and his soft male falsetto; his far-away vocals are instilled with a sense of shyness while also expressing a bundle of more potent emotions. Powers credits others for his interesting take on music, consistently praising his biggest influences, Cocteau Twins and Chris Garneau. It’s hard to believe that so many cohesive sounds are created by just one young man, however, Youth Lagoon doesn’t capitalize on fame; rather, he chooses to cast aside his power-packing birth-name and allow the music to speak for itself. Youth Lagoon performs with Dana Buoy at 8:30 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $13 – $15. —Lisa Henderson

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Youth Lagoon at Milkboy Philly

Last month marked the release of Youth Lagoon’s melancholic debut album, The Year Of Hibernation. Trevor Powers, the founder of the solo project, has said, ”I don’t think I could ever write a completely happy album… I just have too many things in my mind that haunt me.” With synth, heavy rhythms, and distant vocals, the album floats in a realm of anxiety-ridden nerves. These manifest in the form of nostalgia and sadness, which are the most prominent themes of The Year Of Hibernation. The specific themes can especially be heard in “Afternoon,” a song whose lyrics obsess over a relentless demon, or in “The Hunt,” which pays homage to Powers’ self-admitted anxiety stating, “I will slur my words back I don’t know what they say/I have a sickness in my head that won’t go away.” Youth Lagoon is a homegrown project with a Bon Iver-esque sound whose debut album plunges much darker and deeper than the bouncy rhythms would lead you to believe. Youth Lagoon performs with Young Magic and Nothing at 9 p.m. at Milkboy Philly; tickets to the 21+ show are $8–$10. —Caitlyn Grabenstein

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Youth Lagoon at Kung Fu Necktie

Last week marked the release of Youth Lagoon’s melancholic debut album, The Year Of Hibernation. Trevor Powers, the founder of the solo project, has said, ”I don’t think I could ever write a completely happy album… I just have too many things in my mind that haunt me.” With synth, heavy rhythms, and distant vocals, the album floats in a realm of anxiety-ridden nerves. These manifest in the form of nostalgia and sadness, which are the most prominent themes of The Year Of Hibernation. The specific themes can especially be heard in “Afternoon,” a song whose lyrics obsess over a relentless demon, or in “The Hunt,” which pays homage to Powers’ self-admitted anxiety stating, “I will slur my words back I don’t know what they say/I have a sickness in my head that won’t go away.” Youth Lagoon is a homegrown project with a Bon Iver-esque sound whose debut album plunges much darker and deeper than the bouncy rhythms would lead you to believe. Youth Lagoon performs with Gardens And Villa at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $10. —Caitlyn Grabenstein