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Celebrate a spooktacular Halloween with Hurry and friends

Hurry | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Last year, our friends in Hurry brought us their inaugural Halloween Spectacular — a spooky scary costume-filled show stacked with an amazing Philly lineup — and lucky for us, they’re making it an annual thing. Hurry’s 2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular will bring some ghoulishly good Halloween magic to Everybody Hits on Oct. 28, and whether you’re a fan of the holiday or not, it’s sure to be a show you won’t want to miss. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Blondie and Garbage at The Mann, Hurry at Everybody Hits, Amanda X at Ortlieb’s

Blondie | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

It’s a double header of still-vital rock and roll pioneers at The Mann Center tonight with Blondie and Garbage. In the 70s and early 80s, Debbie Harry and her bandmates bridged downtown New York punk rock with the dance-driven international New Wave scene, and wrote a massive amount of hits in the process; in the 90s, Shirley Manson brought a bold dose of glam and pop sensibilities to the dreary grunge landscape. Thing is, neither band is resting on its laurels or going through the nostalgia motions. Blondie and Garbage have both released albums of new material in the past year that stand strongly alongside their work from 20 (and 40) years ago — Pollinator, from the former, totally rips, as Harry and the band proved at NonCOMM this year, and Strange Little Birds is Garbage at its most vulnerable and honest but still kicks out driving anthems. Watch videos for “Long Time” and “Empty” below and get tickets and more information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Hurry, Lushlife and more contribute songs to subscription comp benefiting the SPLC

Hurry | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Hurry | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Rough Trade Publishing, representatives of local acts Hurry and Lushlife, are “fighting against complacency” with a new three-month, song-a-day subscription service on Bandcamp to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center. Subscribers will receive previously unreleased tracks from catalog artists in their email each day, along with access to all new material published by the company on the Bandcamp app.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Work Drugs at Boot & Saddle, Hurry at Union Transfer, Annie Haslam at Sellersville Theater and more…

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Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Work Drugs present their 6th annual Holiday Spectacle at Boot & Saddle tonight. The tropi-pop outfit released Method Acting this past summer, a signature collection of songs that pair well with pool gazing and slow dancing. At the Holiday Spectacle, though, you can expect a festive mix of originals and Christmas covers like the one below. Pick up tickets for the 21+ show with RFA here.

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Spooky Scary: Celebrating Hurry-ween at PhilaMOCA

Hurry | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Hurry | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Something wicked good this way comes. With autumn magic in the crisp evening air, the mood on Friday at PhilaMOCA was just right for a stacked bill of four Philly bands to transform into haunted visages of their former selves and take the stage by force. Put on by your friends and mine, the breezy power-poppers in Hurry presented the Hurry Halloween Spectacular — a veritable Hurry-ween. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Hurry headlines a killer gig on World Cafe Live stage

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Hurry | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

The pros of having a pale yellow and white guitar is, of course, that it looks real cool. The cons? It makes for a bit of a gory scene when you slice your finger open. Yet, amidst the bloodshed and airborne plush monkeys (more on that later), Philadelphia indie poppers Hurry prevailed, offering a spectacular set at this Friday’s XPN Free At Noon concert. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hurry at Everybody Hits, Vita and the Woolf at Arden Gild Hall, Cate Le Bon at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Hurry | Photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist
Hurry | Photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist

Indie pop favorites Hurry celebrate the release of Guided Meditation at Everybody Hits tonight. We premiered the album last week, calling it “polished, pristine and endlessly catchy.” Frontman Matt Scottoline drew on 90s Britpop influences for the songs, one of which you can hear below. More information for the all-ages show can be found here.

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PREMIERE: Hurry steps into the light on the new Guided Meditation LP

Hurry | Photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist
Hurry | Photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist

When Philadelphia indiepop outfit Hurry first caught our ear several years back, it was more of a project than a band. Matt Scottoline still had Everyone Everywhere as his primary act, and spent free time on the side dabbing in bedroom-recorded homages to the shoegaze and dreampop records he came of age to.

Flash forward to 2014, and Hurry was a full-fledged power trio with Joe DeCarolis on bass and his cousin Rob DeCarolis on drums. The band put out the excellent debut LP Everything / Nothing on vinyl through Hot Green Records and cassette through Stereophonodon. It was Scottoline’s first time taking his bedroom project to a full band, and as he describes it, the record “was very loud, very fuzzy. It had that aesthetic to it and I think part of that was I thought it was a cool thing to do, but part of it also was that it was a safety blanket in a certain way. So you feel like it’s okay if I don’t sound that great if it’s just insanely loud.”

This Friday, Hurry releases its sophomore album, Guided Meditation, on Lame-O Records – and it’s another step forward for the band. Continue reading →

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Listen to Hurry’s breezy new single “When I’m With You”

Hurry | Photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist
Hurry | Photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist

This week, Philly three-piece Hurry released a remarkably catchy song called “When I’m With You,” the second single off their upcoming record Guided Meditation.

The song is a perfect carefree summer tune. Lead singer Matt Scottoline’s vocals drift into a playful falsetto, buoyed by a toe-tapping bass line and some sunsoaked, hazy Real Estate-esque guitars. This effortless feeling is mirrored by the lyrics, as Scottoline sings fondly of the rare sort of relationship that just seems to work without even thinking about it (“I don’t even have to try when I’m with you / All the stupid things I say you know they’re true,” he begins the track). Clocking in at just over two minutes, song is over before you know it, disappearing into thin air like a pleasant wisp of smoke. Continue reading →