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Watch Hop Along’s Tiny Desk Concert, get psyched for their XPNFest set

Hop Along from their Tiny Desk Concert
Hop Along from their Tiny Desk Concert

Philly’s Hop Along got back from a U.S. tour in support of their excellent new LP Painted Shut earlier this month, and on their travels visited the NPR Music offices for a performance at the coveted Tiny Desk Concerts. The band’s set is decidedly mellowed out, given its setting – a hushed rendition of “Horseshoe Crabs” followed by the heartbreaking “Well Dressed” and a brisk take on “Sister Cities” – and NPR’s Lars Gotrich praised the arrangements as much as frontwoman Frances Quinlan’s voice. Continue reading →

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Philly artists make Stereogum’s list of best albums of 2015 (so far)

Waxahatchee | photo by Michael Rubenstein | via facebook.com/waxahatchee
Waxahatchee | photo by Michael Rubenstein | via facebook.com/waxahatchee

Stereogum recently released their list of the top albums released in the first half of 2015, and three local favorites made the cut. Hop Along’s Painted Shut (“[a record that] impresses without pretension”), Girlpool’s Before The World Was Big, and Waxahatchee’s Ivy Tripp all receive high praise. The article also lists #XPNFest performers My Morning Jacket (The Waterfall) and Courtney Barnett (Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit) as standouts. Continue reading →

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Christopher Brooks releases debut album with members of Hop Along

Christopher Brooks self-titled | via https://christopherbrooks.bandcamp.com/releases
Christopher Brooks self-titled | via https://christopherbrooks.bandcamp.com/releases

Singer-songwriter Christopher Brooks (of the Wayfairs and Conversations with Enemies) is releasing his self-titled debut album on Monday, June 16. For his debut, Brooks brought together a collection of local artists, including Frances Quinlan, Mark Quinlan, and Joe Reinhart of Hop Along, as well as Alex Smith of Cold Fronts. It was recorded at Headroom Studios in Fishtown with Joe Reinhart and Kyle Pulley and mastered by Ryan Schwabe. Continue reading →

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Multi-Love: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Neon Indian & Hop Along on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

 Unknown Mortal Orchestra | Photo by Dusdin Condren
Unknown Mortal Orchestra | Photo by Dusdin Condren

You guessed it: The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight at 11pm on XPN! Tune in (or better yet, stay tuned after Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour show featuring more new music than you’ll know what to do with. Tonight we’ll be spotlighting Multi-Love, the newly released third album from Unknown Mortal Orchestra. We’ll also premiere a few fresh new tracks, namely some of the following:

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One Big Neighborhood Party: Hop Along celebrates Painted Shut at Union Transfer

Hop Along | photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Hop Along | photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

The last week has been full of excitement for Hop Along‘s new album Painted Shut, released Tuesday on Saddle Creek. It’s the Philly band’s third full-length album, but in a way, it was almost like its debut to a wider audience. On Saturday night, Hop Along headlined for a packed house at Union Transfer which, with local openers Thin Lips and Clique in tow, felt like one big neighborhood party. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Radiator Hospital and more at L.O.T.S. Festival, Hop Along at Union Transfer, Nik Greeley at MilkBoy and more

Radiator Hospital | Photo by John Hanson | via Radiator Hospital’s Facebook
Okay, yes, obviously with our week full of coverage of Hop Along’s new album Painted Shut, we think you should go to the Hop Along show tonight. But you know what? The first Love on the Streets Festival to benefit the Paine’s Skate Park Funk is a daytime concert, and the music is just as great, making it the perfect pre-party. West Philly folky punk faves Radiator Hospital headline, along with pop anthem machine W.C. Lindsay, buzzing emo four-piece Clique (who open for Hop Along later tonight) and the hard-hitting Dogs On Acid (featuring Joe Reinhart of Hop Along). Earlier in the day there are performances by EDM-leaning artists Moon Bounce, Jack Deezl and Mister Sampson, plus skate and circus arts demos. It’s gonna be a great time; more information here. Continue reading →

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Unlocked: Here’s what the Philly music scene loves about Hop Along

Hop Along | Photo by Shervin Lainez
Hop Along | Photo by Shervin Lainez

More than simply a great band, Philly’s Hop Along is a great band that understands the value of community. They’ve opened shows and tours for their more established scene peers like mewithoutYou and Dr. Dog, and in turn they’ve taken given opening opportunities to Thin Lips and Clique. They record at Philly studios, they have Philly friends contribute to their albums, they work with Philly people (like Cat Park and Tiff Yoon of Amanda X) on their music videos and merch. And in turn, they’re a band that’s embraced the Philadelphia music world around.

Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee has a tattoo of Hop Along’s Freshman Year album art on her left arm (opposite Rilo Kiley’s The Execution of All Things on her right). When Modern Baseball recorded their Key Studio Session, bassist Ian Farmer rocked a sweet Hop Along t-shirt. And pretty much any time the band has a Philly gig, the crowd is filled with local musicians…meaning we’re expecting their headlining show at Union Transfer tomorrow night to be a total love fest. To get prepared, we got a bunch of their Philly music friends to tell us what exactly it is they love about Hop Along. Continue reading →