Watch The War on Drugs cover Tom Petty’s “Straight Into Darkness” with Frances Quinlan, Tim Heidecker, and Jelloman

The War on Drugs at The Tower | still from video

Last night The War on Drugs tied a ribbon on their three-night Drug-Cember to Remember run of Philadelphia shows, showing their hometown some serious holiday love while raising money for Fund for the School District of Philadelphia.

In a treat for the capacity crowd at the Tower, the Drugs dug deep for a Tom Petty cover from his fifth album Long After Dark. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Frances Quinlan will play solo at Boot & Saddle benefit show

Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN |

Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan has never shied away from tackling heavy, political, or otherwise complicated subject matter in her songs, so it makes sense that she would extend her activism onstage. On July 8, Quinlan will take a quick break from Hop Along’s busy touring schedule to play solo at Boot & Saddle for a show benefiting the Campaign to Shut Down Berks. Continue reading →


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

Hop Along | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN |

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 →


Best buds Thin Lips and Frances Quinlan tackle anxiety in their Shaking Through session

Thin Lips and Frances Quinlan | photo courtesy of Weathervane Music

In the latest installment of Philly’s premiere music doc series, Shaking Through, Brian McTear and the rest of the gang at Weathervane Music welcomed local punks Thin Lips, along with Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan, to record a new track titled, “So Stoned.” Spoiler alert: it’s a pretty flippin’ good episode. Continue reading →


Frances Quinlan of Hop Along, Cat Park of Amanda X will show artwork at Rocket Cat tomorrow

This spring, two notable things occurred in the Philly music circles of Instagram. First, Cat Park – the singer-guitarist of power trio Amanda X – began more actively posting her visual art in the mix along with her slice-of-band-life photos. A couple weeks after that, Frances Quinlan of Hop Along started an Instagram for her sketches from the tour van.

Given that both women have a background in visual art before turning to music, it was exciting to get a look at this lesser-seen side of their creative work — a return to their roots as it were. It also provided an interesting contrast of their styles, Quinlan’s sketches leaning more classic and naturalistic with a touch of impressionism, Park’s work carrying a strong modern flare. Tomorrow night, we’ll get to see their work side by side during an art opening at Fishtown’s Rocket Cat Cafe. Continue reading →


PREMIERE: Dominic debuts with “Birthday Song,” hear him interviewed by Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan

Dominic | photo by C.J. Harvey | courtesy of the artist
Dominic | photo by C.J. Harvey | courtesy of the artist

Philly’s Dominic Angelella has been in more bands than anybody else I know. Going back a decade to his time in Dice Raw’s Nouveau Riche, his versatile chops have carried through Zoe Kravitz’ first band Elevator Fight, his own long running DRGN King project and Lithuania, his punk duo with Eric Slick of Dr. Dog. Not to mention his stint playing guitar in Philly favorites Hop Along.

This winter, Angelella is releasing music under his own name for the first time, first name only; Dominic‘s Goodnight Doggies drops on Lame-O Records on February 3rd. You can pre-order a vinyl copy here, and get a digital pre-order here. It was recorded with Brendan Mulvihill of Norwegian Arms, who plays in his current live band along with Andy Molholt of Laser Background.

The record has an eclectic and super lively vibe, very much reminiscent of another prolifc and fun artist, Harry Nillson. The first single, “Birthday Song,” is out today, and we’re excited to bring you a first listen to it below. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Glen Hansard at The Keswick Theatre, Frances Quinlan at Johnny Brenda’s, Sleigh Bells at Union Transfer and more

Glen Hansard | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Whether he’s fronting his Dublin rock band The Frames, acting in the indie film favorite Once or releasing his own stunning solo albums, Glen Hansard never fails to strike an emotional chord. He headlines the Keswick Theatre tonight; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Celebrate 10 years of Johnny Brenda’s with Bardo Pond, Birds of Maya, Hurry, Frances Quinlan from Hop Along and more

Hop Along | Photo by John Vettese
Hop Along onstage at Johnny Brenda’s | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

There are definitely times when I love being wrong about things. Like the first time I went to Johnny Brenda’s: in fall of 2006, right after I first began as a volunteer with WXPN. It was a Silversun Pickups show, if you can believe that – Viva Voce opened. The Fishtown pub had recently re-invented itself as a 200-cap venue and, waiting for the show to start, I went to the bar to order a beer.

This was coming off of a half dozen years of living and breathing The Khyber, mind you, so I asked for a Yeungling. “We don’t have Yeungling,” the bartender sniffed. “Um, okay, PBR?” The bartender silently pointed to a chalkboard listing the all-local craft beer menu, which I simply could not wrap my brain around. No PBR? No Yeungling? I grabbed the cheapest thing (something called Kenzinger) and went back to my friends. “Dude, no Yeungling,” I said. “This place is gonna FAIL.”

Oh, young John, you had so much to learn.

Not only did JBs not fail – and thank the gods for that – it’s thrived for the past decade at the corner of Frankford and Girard, weathering rough years in the national music industry and seismic ripples in the local concertgoing landscape. It withstood the opening of the much-heralded and exactly-the-same-size’d Boot and Saddle; both clubs do their respective things in tandem with reliably strong calendars. It’s been dogged by the change in Fishtown and persists in the face of broverflow – though, seriously, if you’re grabbing food after 9 p.m. on a Saturday night, prepare yourself a very different world than it was at the start.

Most importantly, Johnny Brenda’s has been a welcoming home for the Philadelphia music community – the “made it” stage that upstart bands of all stripes aspire to, from Meg Baird to The Bul Bey to Abi Reimold and more. It’s the scene of secret celebrations for big hometown names like The War on Drugs and Kurt Vile; it’s held memorable New Years’ Eve throwdowns with A Sunny Day in Glasgow and Hop Along. And appropriately, to mark its 10 years on the Philly scene, it’s celebrating with two nights of all local music. Continue reading →


The Districts, Frances Quinlan, and more to play Beyond The Bars benefit at World Cafe Live


The Districts
Photo by John Vettese | for WXPN

Well this is happening: The Districts, Frances Quinlan, Ben Arnold, and Milton will be performing at World Cafe Live on Sunday, April 17th at World Cafe Live to support Beyond The Bars. In addition, Lushlife‘s Raj Haldar will be DJing in between sets.

Beyond The Bars is a program that benefits music education for incarcerated youth in Philadelphia. Their programs consist of providing instruments and music lessons to “empower young men and women as they navigate the criminal justice system.” Beyond The Bars was founded by Matthew Kerr, Eric Ammon, Brian Thomas, and Christopher Thornton. The organization has been gaining momentum and was recently featured on WHYY. Continue reading →