We’re reasonably sure Hop Along is reissuing its coveted debut Freshman Year on vinyl

Hop Along's Freshman Year
Hop Along’s Freshman Year

Ten years ago, Frances Quinlan of Hop Along was getting ready to head back for her second year at Maryland Institute College of Art and scrambling to finish her summer recording project: Freshman Year, the first release by her band Hop Along (then called Hop Along Queen Ansleis).

Twelve hours ago, Hop Along posted a video on their Instagram: a vinyl record spinning with the sound of “Sirens” – the opening song on the album – piping through speakers. An acoustic guitar strums, a xylophone chimes and the caption reads “Coming soon……….” Continue reading →


The White House just joined Spotify and the President’s playlist is pretty much XPN

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Here’s a fun bit of afternoon music news care of none other than the White House: the President has joined Spotify, and has posted his first two government-approved playlists – one themed around summer days, one themed around summer nights.

We heard about it from XPN faves Low Cut Connie who, side note, totally crushed it in their World Cafe showcase at the Philadelphia Folk Festival last night. Their rowdy rocker “Boozophilia” is on the “Day” playlist. (Way to go, dudes!)

Looking over the rest of the playlist, though, it features a ton of artists that are regular fixtures in the XPN playlist. Continue reading →