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What color vinyl should Saddle Creek reissue Hop Along’s Get Disowned on?

20150725_HopAlong_Xpo-22If you’re still wistfully reminiscing about Hop Along‘s Saturday performance at XPN Fest, we have something new for you to look forward to! Saddle Creek has announced that they will be reissuing the band’s 2012 debut Get Disowned. Until July 30th (this Thursday), fans can vote on the color of the new records — either ivory, clear, gold, or dark blue. The release date of the reissue is unclear “due to the volatility of vinyl manufacturing”, but the label expects to have the albums out by the end of the calendar year. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Hop Along heats up the River Stage

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Hop Along | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

On the heels of their May release of LP Painted Shut, Philly’s Hop Along played a killer set on the Wiggins Park River Stage to kick off #XPNFest day two.

Singer Frances Quinlan thanked the crowd for coming out early and began the set with tracks from Painted Shut, her gritty powerhouse voice shining against strong guitar arrangements and hammering drumbeats. Fans were super psyched to hear album favorites “Texas Funeral”, “The Knock”, and “Waitress”, as well as oldy-but-goody “Tibetan Pop Stars”. Continue reading →

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Philly Music 101: The wild world of Philly’s modern rock scene

A few of the talented artists that make up Philadelphia's alternative rock scene
A few of the talented artists that make up Philadelphia’s alternative rock scene (Clockwise from top left: Hop Along, Cruisr, DRGN KING, Tutlie, and Vita and the Woolf)

Philly Music 101 is our regular series guiding you through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving participants, from artists to venues to studios and more.

The complex web of artist that make up Philadelphia’s amazing music scene can be difficult to categorize. Ask any musician, and they probably won’t want to be pigeonholed as purveyors of any single type of music, but sometimes genre communities are an easy step towards understanding and digging deeper into the well-rounded scene that we have today. With that in mind, Philly Music 101 is going to occasionally bring you genre spotlights – with the understanding that labels are of course limiting, and most of our fave musicians work outside the box.

The first segment of our genre spotlight will focus on Philly’s flourishing modern and alternative rock scene that has seen musicians advance their way from rock bar stages to major venues to the pages of Rolling Stone. Continue reading →

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Get psyched to see Hop Along #XPNfest and download a World Cafe performance of “Waitress”

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

Philly indie-rockers Hop Along have had one incredible year so far. Since the release of their recent album, Painted Shut, and their appearance on World Cafe in May, the band has received nothing but well deserved accolades for their album. Continue reading →

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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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