Travis Scott shuts out the noise of the outside world in “Can’t Say” video

Travis Scott | still from video

I’ve never ridden a motorcycle myself, but I’ve been around enough of them to know one thing for certain: they’re loud. A dozen-strong clique on motorcycles? Crazy loud.

So that speaks to the transformative nature of Travis Scott and his music — a large portion of his new video for “Can’t Stay” from last year’s Astroworld follows the lauded Houston rapper bathed in the dreamlike purple glow of the deep late night hours as he leads a group of stunt riders through empty streets and plumes of smoke. Continue reading →


London rapper Little Simz teams up with singer-songwriter Cleo Sol on “Selfish”

Little Simz | photo by Tam Cader | courtesy of the artist

London artist Little Simz has become somewhat of a hip-hop pioneer in the UK recently, a title which will only be cemented by her forthcoming album GREY Area. The album will be released on March 1 on Little Simz’s own label Age 101, and ahead of the release she’s shared a new single, “Selfish,” and its video. Little Simz will hit the U.S. festival circuit this summer, with a stop at Firefly on Saturday, June 22. Continue reading →


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

Hop Along | via

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 →


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 →


Free at Noon Flashback: Phosphorescent lives up to their name at World Cafe Live

Phosphorescent at WXPN’s Free At Noon Concert | photo by Taylor Johnson for WXPN

Merriam Webster dictionary defines phosphorescence as “luminescence that is caused by the absorption of radiations (such as light or electrons) and continues for a noticeable time after these radiations have stopped.” Minus the more science-y parts of that, one can only assume that Phosphorescent is going for a similar vibe with their music. Though the hazy glow that envelops the band during their live set is technically thanks to the lighting crew, their soft and airy songs are lush and drawn-out, winding on and on in a way that breathes life into their mouthful of a name. Continue reading →


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 →