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Interview: Matt Scottoline of Hurry talks about covering Weezer and what’s in his fridge

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Matt Scottoline (center) with his bandmates in Hurry | photo by Ally Newbold

At this time last week, Matt Scottoline was playing in a Weezer cover band with members of Bleeding Rainbow and Blowdryer. Not because he didn’t have anything better to do than spoon down Little Baby’s Ice Cream and practice “My Name is Jonas” a bunch of times. (But that does sound like a delightful life…) Continue reading →

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Members of Hurry, Bleeding Rainbow and Cassavetes will cover Weezer at Yards Brewery this weekend

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This weekend’s Weezer tribute will raise money for breast cancer research and treatment

Awesome event alert: in support of Yards Brewery’s annual Pynk charity ale, a bunch of players from the Philly DIY scene are getting together to cover Weezer this Friday beginning at 7:30 at the Philly beer company’s Delaware Avenue tasting room. The program features classic records Pinkerton (get it?) and The Blue Album – which is great news for fans who are on the fence about going to the recently-announced “we’re-playing-our-new-album-in-its-entirety” Trocadero show later this month; this Friday’s homespun gig will have all the fan favorite cuts that you really want to hear (but likely won’t) from the band itself. Continue reading →

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Listen to Hurry’s new single “I Won’t Wait”

Hurry | Photo by Jess Flynn
Hurry | Photo by Jess Flynn

Indie power-pop trio Hurry is getting ready to release its debut record, Everything / Nothing, and recently dropped the new single “I Won’t Wait,” an upbeat track with a 90s punk flare. Interestingly enough this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this track, but it is the first time we’ve heard it sung by Hurry. Continue reading →

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Hurry’s debut LP Everything / Nothing will be released by Hot Green Records on 10/7

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Cover art for Hurry’s Everything / Nothing

Philly fuzz-pop three-piece Hurry – who we last saw rocking our first-ever competitive Key Studio Session the other week – just announced details on its long in-the-works debut LP, Everything / Nothing. The album will be released on October 7th via Hot Green Records, the local label that also released Hop Along’s stellar Get Disowned in 2012, and will come out on a limited run of 500 vinyl copies, the first 100 coming with a cassette containing demos from the record. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Mike Bell and the Movies vs. Hurry

Photos by Peter Murray Photography | petermurrayphotography.com

In a strange, roundabout kind of way, this session you see before you today only exists because of Twitter. Two Philly DIY scene players, the fuzz-poppy Hurry and the punk poppy Mike Bell and The Movies, had been social media beef-ing -  or faux-beefing, perhaps, as they seem like friendly and amiable dudes all around – discussing who would win in a “power pop battle.” At one point, Bell called on The Key’s Twitter to “settle this once and for all” – and equally jokingly, I replied “what are we talking, a DJ-off or, like, a boxing match? Or a dueling studio session?” Evidently the latter was actually a viable option, all parties were into it, and ground rules for our first-ever competitive Key Studio Session were established. Each artist got three songs: one of their own songs, one of the other band’s songs and one cover of their choosing. We would record both bands live in the studio on the same day. And the reults wound up being so efficient and fun, I’m thinking about recording artists in battle format more often. Continue reading →

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Into It. Over It. rock sold out crowd at Union Transfer

Into It. Over It. | Photo by Megan Kelly
Into It. Over It. | Photo by Megan Kelly

This Saturday Into It. Over It. brought its highly anticipated headlining tour to Union Transfer. The quite literally stacked roster featured bands throughout many genres. First to hit the stage was Hurry, an alternative pop band featuring Matt Scottoline of Everyone, Everywhere. Hurry creates a very unique sound by mixing pop vocals with fuzzy punk riffs. Scottoline didn’t just bring a killer opening performance but also all the laughs, including throwing tee shirts that read “I saw Hurry open for a band I like” into the audience.

Philly punk staples Glocca Morra preformed next. Glocca Morra fast paced puck completely transformed on the large stage of the Union Transfer. They brought tons of energy to the show and got the audience moving around.

Glocca Morra | Photo by Megan Kelly
Glocca Morra | Photo by Megan Kelly

Completely switching gears, indie pop band Great Big Pile of Leaves brought a set of sing-along lyrics and bouncy melodies. Conceptual emo band The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die followed, playing the most original set I have seen in a long time. With seven members (including spoken word performers), they brought a huge amount of depth, and showed what a punk show can be. TWIABP’s performance really transported that audience to another place, and was definitely a highlight of the evening.

TWIABP | Photo by Megan Kelly
TWIABP | Photo by Megan Kelly

Last up was emo revival poster child Evan Weiss with Into It. Over It. The band is currently on tour promoting their acclaimed new album Intersections. Weiss always puts on a good show and tonight was no exception. There was an awesome energy level surrounding this (semi) hometown show for the Jersey-born Weiss.

The set was perfectly balanced with old and new material, and Into It. Over It. had fans sing dance and crowd surfing. One fan even did a front flip into the crowd – one of the most bad ass displays of stage diving I had seen in a while. It was definitely an excellent night for emo. Check out a full gallery of pictures below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: 90s tribute with Ali Wadsworth, Hezekiah Jones, Foxhound at Boot & Saddle, Amy Correia at Steel City Coffee House, Into It. Over It. at Union Transfer and more

Ali Wadsworth photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaver.com
Ali Wadsworth photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaver.com

Flannel shirts and ripped jeans are making a comeback tonight at Boot & Saddle’s 90s tribute with Philly folk artists Ali WadsworthHezekiah Jones and Foxhound. Wadsworth, who released her soulful, twangy 10-piece self-debuted album in October, will tap into her inner-90s child to perform her renditions off of Pearl Jam’s Ten. Jones, who’s self-described as sounding like “post-apocalyptic White Album, as covered by Sufjan Stevens” will put his folky spin on Lemonhead’s It’s a Shame About Ray, while Foxhound will transition their usual Americana-folk sound into songs from Nirvana’s Unplugged, two days after Kurt Cobain’s birthday. Tonight’s homage starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here; check out some vintage recordings of each of these artists performing locally in the 90s below.

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Photos: A night of fuzz rock and dream pop at Johnny Brenda’s with Yuck, Alvvays and Hurry

Yuck | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Yuck | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

UK retro-rockers Yuck kicked off their winter tour at a sold-out Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday night with a fuzzy set of songs from their 2013 outing Glow and Behold as well as their 2011 self-titled debut. While founding member Daniel Blumberg left the group during the making of Glow, new guitarist Ed Hayes meshed well into the four-piece, bouncing around the stage with high energy as the crowd bopped around delightfully to their Sonic Youth via Dinosaur Jr. tones.

The opening acts mixed well into the set; excellent Toronto five-piece Alvvays nearly with a set offering a shoegaze / dreampop flipside to Yuck’s propulsive fuzz-rock approach. Splitting the difference in the first opening slot was Philly’s Hurry, whose short set mixed both dreamy melodies and punk energy – plus a snappy cover of Guided by Voices’ “Teenage FBI.”

(See more – Check out photos from Yuck’s World Cafe Session)
(Hear more – Stream a new single from Hurry called “Oh Whitney”)

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hurry at Boot and Saddle, Anjuli Josephine at Tin Angel, A Fistful of Sugar at World Cafe Live and more

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Photo by Madeleine Lesperance

Boot and Saddle welcomes local bands Hurry, Dreambook, and Mock Suns to its stage tonight. Hurry just released a new single “Oh Whitney”, which you can stream below, from their upcoming LP Everything/Nothing. The band is the solo product of Matt Scottoline of emo four-piece Everyone Everywhere. Dreambook released Only Shadows last year which features their signature distorted guitar sounds and layered drum beats. Psych-pop headliners Mock Suns released their debut album Here Nor There back in 2012. All three acts are lo-fi dream pop-oriented with a splash of something unique. Get tickets here and check out tracks from the bands below.

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Stream a new single from Hurry called “Oh Whitney” (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 1/14)

 

Hurry's Matt Scottoline | photo courtesy of the artist
Hurry’s Matt Scottoline | photo courtesy of the artist

Inspired by the feedback-laden pop of bands like Dinosaur Jr, Teenage Fanclub and Yo La Tengo, Everyone Everywhere‘s Matt Scottoline fronts Hurry,a project including a handful of Philly DIY scene luminaries (Univox, Dogs on Acid, Psychic Teens, EE). The band has released a string of EPs on Bandcamp, recorded a Key Studio Session in 2012, and releases its debut LP Everything/Nothing this year.  ”Oh Whitney,” the first single from the effort, has a Fountains of Wayne suburban feel in the lyrics and pacing, though the guitar solos are clearly J Mascis-inspired.  Hurry opens for Yuck at Johnny Brenda’s on January 14th; tickets and information can be found here.  Stream “Oh Whitney” below and pick up limited edition single tapes at the show.