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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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells at Kung Fu Necktie, Wye Oak at Johnny Brenda’s, Thrice at The Fillmore and more…

Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells | Photo by Michelle Goodwin Photography for WXPN
Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells | Photo by Michelle Goodwin Photography for WXPN

Fresh off their appearance here at WXPN for a Key Studio Session, local rockers Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells play Kung Fu Necktie tonight. They’re joining U.S. Bastards in support of Valkyrie. Check out the video of their performance below, and grab $10 tickets to tonight’s 21+ show by stopping by the XPN Concert Calendar.  Continue reading →

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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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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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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.