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Fancy seeing you here: Ought, Crushed Beaks and U.S. Girls on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Ought | Photo by Hera Chan
Ought | Photo by Hera Chan

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is ready to spend the night with you. Starting at 11pm ET on WXPN, it’s a full two-hour showcase of fresh new tracks and moldy old favorites. On tonight’s show, we’ll dig into the new album from one of our favorite up-and-coming bands, Ought. Sun Coming Down is the wiry Montreal-based quartet’s second album, and we’ll hear a few songs from it on this week’s Album Spotlight. Also be on the lookout for a few of these tunes in the mix:

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Real Gone: Shannon and the Clams, BATTLES & Sun Club on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Shannon And The Clams | Photo by Nadia Lee Cohen
Shannon And The Clams | Photo by Nadia Lee Cohen

Every Indie Rock Hit Parade is special in its own way, but tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is even more special than usual. Tune in tonight at 11pm ET (or better yet, stay tuned after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese) for a full two-hour Hit Parade, featuring things you might not believe. If you’re not familiar with the Oakland-based band Shannon and the Clams, we’ll set you right with a spotlight on the garage-punk trio’s new LP. There are also a ton of new tracks to dig into, so be on the lookout for a few of these in the mix:

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My Morning Download: “Rip Van Winkle” by Shannon and the Clams

ShannonAndTheClams_LP1 With the swingin’ Sixties, doo-wop, punk rock and in mind, Shannon and the Clams are a three piece from Oakland, California band including Shannon Shaw (of Hunx and His Ounx) on vocals and bass, Cody Blanchard on vocals and guitar, and Ian Amberson on drums and vocals. The band recently released the ultra-fun Dreams In The Rat House on Hardly Art Records. Shannon and The Clams bring to mind a mix of Etta James, Southern Culture on the Skids, The Cramps and the Shangri-La’s, a recipe for a rock and roll house party dance party out of control. Below, download “Rip Van Winkle” from the band’s new album.