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More Maraqopa: Damien Jurado, Bent Shapes & Black Mountain on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Damien Jurado | Photo by Elise Tyler, courtesy of the artist
Damien Jurado | Photo by Elise Tyler, courtesy of the artist

You better believe that the Indie Rock Hit Parade will be coming your way tonight on WXPN. Tune in at 11pm ET for a full two-hour show that’s sure to be jam-packed with the good stuff (I picked the playlist, so I can vouch for it). In our Weekly Album Spotlight, we’ll hear a few tracks from Visions Of Us On The Land, the latest album from spaced-out Seattle singer-songwriter Damien Jurado. It’a another trip to the mystical land of Maraqopa, produced by Richard Swift. Also in the mix are new tracks from La Sera, Quilt, Black Mountain and more! Check out a few of the new things below…

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Eric Schuman’s Top 5 Musical Visionaries of 2013

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Photo by Michael Boyd | via chicagoreader.com

Year End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2013 awesome. In this installment, XPN nights and weekends host (and Indie Rock Hit Parade curator) Eric Schuman talks about musicians and producers who saw the bigger picture.

When great musical minds come together, the results can be magical. This year saw many fruitful (and sometimes unlikely) collaborations form across countless genres. But there were a few masterful albums whose contents convey the singular vision of a lone individual. These are my picks for the Top 5 Musical Visionaries of 2013, in no particular order:

Dent May
The Mississippi-based musician made an abrupt about-face on his second album, 2012’s Do Things. Jumping from the charming acoustics of The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele to pocket-sized electronic disco jams, May fused Prince-ly grooves with melodies reminiscent of Brian Wilson’s best. His 2013 release, Warm Blanket, expands on that shift, bringing beats to the forefront of an irrepressibly lively album.

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