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Firefly On The Fly: Sunday sundown with Vampire Weekend, Hop Along, Car Seat Headrest, Jessie Reyez and more

Vampire Weekend | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The third and final day of this year’s Firefly Festival was a hot one for audiences and artists alike. Many people were spotted hanging more along the sides of the stage for shade and more than a few artists made comments along the lines of “It’s hot as fuck up here!” While it appeared that the daytime attendance was up on Sunday, the “Super VIP” section was lacking some Super VIPS and many were upgraded to get closer to their favorite artists. Continue reading →

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Watch Hop Along perform three songs on the CBS This Morning Saturday Sessions

Hop Along | via twitter.com/HopAlongTheBand

Philly’s Hop Along made their national television debut today on CBS This Morning’s Saturday Sessions series, playing three songs from their acclaimed 2018 album Bark Your Head Off, Dog. The band led off with “Somewhere A Judge,” the album’s slick, groove-led second track, and then played the anthemic lead single “How Simple” to close out the show. Continue reading →

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Watch Hop Along cover Leslie Gore and Daniel Johnston in Asbury Park

Hop Along at Asbury Lanes | still from video

Concerts that double as New Year’s parties are prime time for awesome cover songs. We’ve already seen Japanese Breakfast’s incredible rendition of “Run Away With Me” by Carly Rae Jepsen at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown, as well as Screaming Females’ Nirvana double shot at The Empty Bottle in Chicago.

The latest to add to this batch of YouTube documentation are videos from Hop Along‘s two-night-stand at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park. Continue reading →

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What are YOU doing New Year’s Eve? A guide to regional gigs for ringing in 2019, from Hardwork Movement to Hop Along

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West Philadelphia Orchestra will play Underground Arts to ring in 2018 | Photo by John Vettese

2018 is finally coming to an end, and I think we can all agree that’s something worth celebrating. But if you haven’t made your New Year’s Eve plans yet, you may want to act fast — concerts across town on December 31 are quickly selling out. Unless you scooped up your tickets early, you won’t be able to see Japanese Breakfast wrap up their three-night hometown run at Johnny Brenda’s or Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, the solo project of The Wonder Years frontman Dan Campbell, play a gig at Boot & Saddle. But there’s some good news, too — as we get ready to usher in 2019, there are still plenty of shows happening across town that you can still find tickets for, including several performances by local Philly acts.

We found eight shows in Philly proper that you can still get into, plus a few more scattered throughout the region — from folk to funk to good ol’ indie rock, there’s something for everyone this New Year’s Eve. Continue reading →

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Firefly 2019’s lineup led by Panic! At The Disco, Travis Scott, Post Malone, with Courtney Barnett, Vampire Weekend, Hop Along on the undercard

from left, Panic! At The Disco | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN // Travis Scott | photo by Isaiah Spicer for WXPN // Post Malone | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

While Firefly‘s recently-announced 2019 lineup isn’t doing anything to improve the Dover, Delaware festival’s track record of booking overwelmingly male headliners, seeing psychedelic rap visionary Travis Scott take the big-font Saturday-night prime slot is indeed a silver lining, especially in the wake of his ridiculous ASTROWORLD tour stop at the Wells Fargo Center.

Scott is sandwiched between Friday’s appearance from pop punk dramatists Panic! At the Disco and Sunday’s closing set from hip-hop’s voice of suburban ennui, Post Malone, who admittedly has a few catchy songs in his playbook. But as the case is with most festivals of this scale, the true excitement at Firefly lies in its undercard. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Ring in the New Year with Hop Along in Asbury Park

Hop Along at SXSW | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Even after several months of steady touring, Hop Along couldn’t help but join in on the New Year’s Eve fun. The Philly-favorite band has just announced that they’ll play two shows at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ on December 30th and 31st, after kicking off their New Year’s run in Boston on the 29th.

Hop Along is touring Europe with The Decemberists this fall, and while they’ve been through Philly a few times following the April release of their newest record Bark Your Head Off, Dog, their most memorable local appearance was a hometown headlining show at Union Transfer this past May. Continue reading →

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Hop Along gives a band’s-eye-view of life on tour in the “Somewhere a Judge” video

Hop Along | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist
Hop Along | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

I’ve always thought that Hop Along seemed like a pretty fun band, but nothing has made me want to hop in a van and go on tour with them like the new video they’ve shared today. As their extensive tour across the US following the release of their recent album Bark Your Head Off, Dog winds down, Hop Along has given us an insider’s look at their life on the road with a collection of grainy footage set to the track “Somewhere a Judge.” Continue reading →

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Hop Along powers through a sold-out homecoming gig at Union Transfer

Hop Along | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Frances Quinlan sings like someone who loves singing. That’s not only to say that she has a clear talent for it, but also that her inflections are often adapted throughout Hop Along‘s performances — ever-changing, evolving, so songs always sound fresh and vibrant. At the band’s sold out headlining show at Union Transfer this Saturday night, in celebration of their new album Bark Your Head Off, Dog, hushed words became screaming anthems, better suited for live performance but also providing texture over the harmonies provided by Thin Lips’ Chrissy Tashjian. In addition to the band, the show featured low-hanging lights casting a moody glow on the stage, as well as guest appearances from the Philly band’s peers and friends (Kyle Pulley on tambourine, Cat Park on vocals), and a newly-brewed Hop Along IPA from nearby Love City Brewing on tap at the bar.  Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: Hop Along display jaw-dropping range on the PRX stage

Hop Along | photo by Senia Lopez for WXPN | www.senialopez.photography

Hometown heroes Hop Along have been doing laps around Philly lately. Since releasing Bark Your Head Off, Dog on April 6 on Saddle Creek, the band played a Free at Noon set that same day, a sold-out surprise show at Johnny Brenda’s the following night, and have returned to the city after the first leg of tour in support of their third LP. The band plays Union Transfer this Saturday, May 19, a gig that’s been sold out for a minute now. Thankfully after the month-long tour, the band was still able to deliver a kick-ass set to the upstairs NonCOMM crowd Thursday night. Lead singer Frances Quinlan noted how nice it was to be back in Philadelphia: “It’s lovely, we just got home from tour yesterday.”

The XPN faves opened with “How Simple,” the lead track on their latest release plus one of our favorite music videos of the year so far. The track’s grooving tempo lead the crowd into an early-set dance party. Among the other four tracks to be performed from Bark Your Head OffDog, “How Simple” displayed the new direction the band took with their fourth album. Continue reading →

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Listen to Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan in conversation with Talia Schlanger of World Cafe

Hop Along | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

We couldn’t go more than a few weeks without sharing some more Hop Along news. When the band released their new record Bark Your Head Off, Dog earlier this month, they stopped by World Cafe Live to play Free at Noon, cramming four new songs into their short, 25-minute set. Hop Along appeared on and disappeared from the stage so quickly that day that we couldn’t help but want more. Well, here’s more — Hop Along’s performance was recorded for a World Cafe session, and later that same day, bandleader Frances Quinlan found some time to sit down with Talia Schlanger for an in-depth interview. The session aired last week and is available to stream below via NPR Music. Continue reading →