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DEEP DISCOUNTS on new music from Parquet Courts, Youth Lagoon and Gazebos on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

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“I got my Indie Rock Hit Parade!”

Celebrate (?) Black Friday with the Indie Rock Hit Parade, tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! We’ve got deep discounts on brand new tracks from Parquet Courts, Youth Lagoon, Small Black and more doorbusters that you won’t want to miss. They’ll call me crazy for offering such a variety of new music, but I’ll call you crazy if you don’t listen! Check out a few things you might hear in the mix (that is, if the people who have been camping out since last night don’t snatch them all up first)…

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Youth Lagoon at Union Transfer, Sonnder at Boot and Saddle, TJ Kong at Underground Arts and more

Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com
Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com

Youth Lagoon recently released his third studio album, Savage Hills Ballroom, and it swirls together chaos and calm. Unpredictable synths, glitches, and samples are paired opposite beautiful strings, keys, and brass. Youth Lagoon’s Trevor Powers’ voice quivers yet remains confident throughout the ten track album. Youth Lagoon will bring his eclectic performance to Union Transfer tonight. Get tickets and show information at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the music video for “The Knower” below. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Aphra remixes Youth Lagoon’s “The Knower,” preps debut EP

Aphra | Photo by Megan Matuzak
Aphra | Photo by Megan Matuzak

If you pay attention to Philadelphia concert listings, you’ve probably seen a strong uptick in gigs by Aphra over the past year. It seemed on the surface that the band was a side project of Tutlie’s Rebecca Way, but it’s actually the other way around; Way has been making haunting, evocative music as Aphra since before Tutlie existed, and she’s felt increasingly inspired of late to return to her original project. This summer, she parted ways with her Tutlie bandmates – no bad blood or acrimony, nothing like that, she just needed space to give the project the time it deserved.

Last month, Aphra caught the attention of a packed Johnny Brenda’s house opening for Vita and the Woolf; as our Michelle Montgomery described it, “Through loops, drum machine beats, and keys, she created a rich texture of sound filled with emotional nuances.” Way is looking to bring more of that sound to the surface as she rolls out new music this fall and winter, but as she told us over email this week, “I figured I’d get people warmed up to my sound with a remix or two.” It begins with her reworking of a track by indie scene staple Youth Lagoon – which we’re excited to bring you today. Continue reading →

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Celebrate the 100th Indie Rock Hit Parade with Nick Diamonds (LIVE) plus new music and cherished memories!

Nick Diamonds | Photo by Juliette Cassidy
Nick Diamonds | Photo by Juliette Cassidy

You read that right! Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is the show’s 100th full episode! Sure, there have been some diversions and excursions along the way, but a celebration is a celebration, right? Right. So, in honor of this milestone, we’re going to spend tonight’s full, two hour show doing what we do best. Tune in at 11pm ET for a brand new live session with one of our favorite people, Nick Diamonds! You might know Nick as the brains behind bands like Islands and The Unicorns, and you won’t want to miss an incredibly fun performance of songs from his new solo album, City Of Quartz. Speaking of IRHP Sessions, we’ll hear a few favorite tracks recorded live for us over the past few years. Plus we’ll turn the clock all the way back to Episode 1 and hear the first set of music ever played on the show! And since it wouldn’t be an Indie Rock Hit Parade without a ton of new music, be on the lookout for a few of these new tracks in the mix:

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Dig into new album from The Front Bottoms, Kurt Vile, Battles and more on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

The Front Bottoms | Photo via Fueled By Ramen
The Front Bottoms | Photo via Fueled By Ramen

Such a special weekend calls for a super special Indie Rock Hit Parade, wouldn’t you agree? Tune in at 11pm (or better yet, stay tuned after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour show that’s nothing but nothing but ALBUM SPOTLIGHTS! We’ll hear three songs in a row from a variety of newly released records, including Kurt Vile‘s b’lieve i’m goin’ down, The Front BottomsBack On Top and Youth Lagoon‘s Savage Hills Ballroom! Here’s a sampling of what else you might hear tonight:

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Dimed Out: Titus Andronicus, Diane Coffee and Youth Lagoon on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Titus Andronicus | Photo by Matthew Greeley
Titus Andronicus | Photo by Matthew Greeley

You’ve waited and now your patience will pay off. The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight at 11pm on WXPN with a major new show. We’ll be spotlighting the massive new album from Jersey’s Titus Andronicus, The Most Lamentable Tragedy. Since we’ve been away, a metric ton of new tracks have come along, so there’s plenty of fresh stuff to get through tonight. Like maybe a few of these:

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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)

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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.