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The Dodos play an entrancing set at Johnny Brenda’s

The Dodos | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
The Dodos | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Playing yet another 2015 Philly show, indie rock duo The Dodos returned to Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday for a great night of music. Touring in support of their sixth full-length album Individ, the band played an upbeat, high-energy set showcasing new material and drawing from their back-catalogue. Throughout their set, guitarist/vocalist Meric Long and drummer Logan Kroeber maintained a symbiotic exchange of intricate guitar melodies and drum rhythms layered with guitar backing loops, creating a full, rich sound. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at The Foundry at The Fillmore, Line Leader at Kung Fu Necktie, Those People at MilkBoy and more

Creepoid | Photo by John Vettese
Creepoid | Photo by John Vettese

If you haven’t gotten a chance to see a show at the brand new Fillmore Philadelphia then why not break in the venue with tonight’s Creepoid show on the Foundry stage. The Philly psychedelic rockers will take the stage beginning at 8 p.m. alongside the alternative rock supergroup No Devotion. Click here for more details on tonight’s concert. Continue reading →

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Dreams come true with Jack Ladder and Lower Dens on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders | Photo courtesy of the artist
Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders | Photo courtesy of the artist

When I finished listening to “Come On Back This Way” by Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders for the first time late last year, I immediately listened to it again. And again. So it’s very exciting for me to tell you that Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders are joining us tonight for a live set on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade. Tune in starting at 11pm for a full two-hour show, which will also feature a spotlight on the fantastic new album by Baltimore’s Lower Dens, Escape From Evil. If you liked the nervy krautrock of their last album, Nootropics, you might be in for a surprise as Lower Dens take on the darkwave sounds of the mid-’80s on this new release. Be sure to catch these new tracks in the mix, too:

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Dodos

Dodos | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Dodos | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade live session is with a band that has visited our studios several times since forming ten years ago. The Dodos are singer/guitarist Meric Long and drummer Logan Kroeber, and this year they released their sixth full-length album, Individ. Though they’ve been reliable mainstays of the San Francisco scene for a decade, the Dodos’ are hardly comfortable resting on past success. Though they’ve tried adding layers (and players) to their sound, the core duo of Long and Kroeber proves to be the band’s most powerful asset. Joined this time around by sound engineer Ian Pellecchi and his tasteful sampler manipulations, the Dodos sound reinvigorated in this sprawling live set. Continue reading →

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An outpour of drums and words: A preview of tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade with the Dodos and Courtney Barnett

Dodos | Photo by Chloe Aftel
Dodos | Photo by Chloe Aftel

We’re back for another Indie Rock Hit Parade tonight at 11pm on WXPN! This week’s show is full of old friends and new ones. Don’t miss our brand new session with the venerable San Francisco duo the Dodos. They’ll play songs from their latest album, Individ, live in our studio.

And if you’ve somehow waited this long to listen to Courtney Barnett‘s debut album, Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit, then you’re in luck. We’ll play a few songs from Courtney on our Weekly Album Spotlight.

Tune in for these new tracks, too:
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The Dodos played a charged set to a sold-out Johnny Brenda’s

The Dodos | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.comAll photos by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

San Francisco-based The Dodos ripped through a brisk 70 minute set on Saturday. A sold-out Johnny Brenda’s crowd swayed, stomped, and sang along with the catchy and urgent rock of Meric Long and Logan Kroeber. Featuring tracks from their 2013 release Carrier including “Confidence” and “Substance,” The Dodos took flight with the new material. And despite the passing of touring guitarist and music influence Christopher Reimer, the band is a cohesive whole with new touring parter Joe Haege. Long emphatically strummed and sang and Kroeber put on a drumming clinic while Johnny Brenda’s strobe lights blasted forth. And the crowd responded with aural joy, especially during two songs from The Dodos’ second LP Visiter:  “Red and Purple,” where an impromptu sing along could be heard, and “Fools,” a charged show closer.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Local Natives at Electric Factory, Anjuli Josephine at MilkBoy, Alo Brazil at Underground Arts

localnatives970600WXPN welcomes L.A. indie rock outfit Local Natives to the Electric Factory tonight. If you missed them on their summer tour, the band just released a video shot between performances completely on their phones put to the stimulating single “Ceilings” off of their latest release Hummingbird. Catch them on their Fall tour by finding tickets and information for tonight’s show here. Watch the new “Ceilings” video below.

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The Dodos release new single, “Substance” (playing Johnny Brendas 9/28)

Dodos-Carrier-1024x1024[1]San Fransisco indie-rockers The Dodos, whose new album Carrier, is due out this August, released the second single from the record this week. The song is called “Substance” and is available to stream via Rolling Stone. The west coast duo are set to start their tour in support of Carrier this fall, and will be making a Philly stop at Johnny Brenda’s on Septermber 28th. Tickets and info can be found here, and check out the song (and Carrier’s track list) below.

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Listen to a new track by The Dodos (playing Johnny Brenda’s 9/28)

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Indie-rock duo The Dodos have released “Confidence,” a track off of their forthcoming album, Carrier. The album will be released by newly-signed-to Polyvinyl on August 27th. “Confidence” is at first a soothing tune, then charges into an energetic and melodic instrumental stretch halfway through the song. Good stuff – makes us excited for the whole album. The Dodos are also starting up a tour, and you can catch them at Johnny Brenda’s on September 28th with Dustin Wong.

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Weekend Picks: Bright Eyes + M Ward, The Postelles, Suzie Brown, The Dodos, Kurt Vile + Pissed Jeans

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FRIDAY, JUNE 10
Bright Eyes began in 1998 as a project showcasing then 18-year-old Conor Oberst’s songwriting. Accompanied by a revolving cast of contributors, Oberst wrote mournful songs with narrative and literary flair. With the release of Lifted in 2002, he was embraced by bookish teenagers, emo kids and critics alike. Oberst was called the “new Dylan,” and embarked on a series of musical explorations, delving into Americana and electro-pop on subsequent albums. Along with perennial Bright Eyes members multi-instrumentalist Mike Mogis and pianist Nate Walcott, Oberst returned this February with The People’s Key. It is Bright Eyes’ first offering since 2007’s Cassadega, and Oberst says, it will be its last, remarking that he wants “to lock the door, and say goodbye” to the band that brought him success. Bright Eyes performs with Dawes and M Ward at 7:30 p.m. at The Mann Center; tickets to the all-ages show are $25-$33.50. —Kiley Bense

I have yet to find a write-up of The Postelles without a reference to The Strokes, so I won’t try to dodge it here. It’s a definitive feature of the band—and both its greatest strength and its greatest weakness. The preppy Manhattan kids are certainly more earnest than the apathetic Stokes, but at times their simple retro new wave is indiscernible. Their self-titled debut album came out this week, so it’s too early to tell if they are still searching for their own sound or content to mimic others.  Regardless, drawing comparisons to one of the biggest bands of the last 10 years isn’t the end of the world. So, if you want to hear a Strokes cover band playing Strokes songs you’ve never heard before, check out The Postelles tonight. The Postelles perform with The Dig and Ambassadors at 7:30 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $10. —Dave Simpson

Also playing: Suzie Brown + Jake Snider at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $19-$24); Dangerous Ponies + Hop Along, Ryat, George And Jonathan at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, $10);

SATURDAY, JUNE 11
The Dodos + Gauntlet Hair at Theatre Of Living Arts (9 p.m., $15); East Hundred (record release) + Turning Violet Violet, Steve Goldberg And The Arch Enemies at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10); The Great Unknown + The Spinning Leaves, The End of America at Kung Fu Necktie (7 p.m., 21+, $8); Lenka + Elizabeth And The Catapult, Shannon Corey at North Star Bar ($8, 21+, $14)

SUNDAY, JUNE 12
Kurt Vile & The Violators + Pissed Jeans, Meg Baird at First Unitarian Church (8 p.m., all ages, $12); Natasha Bedingfield + Kate Voegele, Kevin Hammond at Theatre Of Living Arts (8 p.m., $29)