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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 →

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Hurry announce Guided Meditation LP, share “Nothing To Say” video

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Hurry | photo by Jessica Flynn

The guitar is mightier than the sword: Philly indie rock trio Hurry are known for their hooky melodies and jangley guitar rock, and they have just announced their second album (first with Lame-O Records), Guided Meditation, along with the album’s first single, “Nothing to Say.”

Hurry previously released Everything/Nothing back in 2014, which was a flash of lo-fi fuzz-pop and sing-a-long melodies akin to Weezer or Guided By Voices. “Nothing To Say” slightly cleans up the band’s sound while still retaining the catchy vocals provided by singer/guitarist Matt Scottoline. Only this time, they’ve shifted into Real Estate territory with hazy guitars soaked in reverb. Continue reading →

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Download Silver Linings Charity Compilation by Punk Talks

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Silver Linings | artwork by Leah Kroger

“You don’t have to be sad to make great music.” This is the slogan for Punk Talks, an organization whose mission is to provide free mental health services to musicians and industry workers. This week, Punk Talks released Silver Linings, a 60-track charity compilation to raise funds for its mission. The compilation features music from some of the best young punk bands today, including Philadelphia’s Steady Hands, Hurry, Mumblr, Broken Beak, (and my band, Plainview). You can purchase a custom t-shirt here to support this cause. Listen to the Silver Linings Charity Compilation below! Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Of Monsters and Men at Mann Center, Tommy Keene and Hurry at Boot & Saddle, Catfish and the Bottlemen at TLA and more

Of Monsters and Men | photo via 12thstbeat.wordpress.com
Of Monsters and Men | photo via 12thstbeat.wordpress.com

Of Monsters and Men is arguably one of the biggest indie rock groups going. The band burst onto the scene in 2012 with the radio-friendly single “Little Talks”, which features a blend of indie and folk characteristics all with an undeniably catchy chorus.  They have continued this success with the release of their second studio album, Beneath the Skin which came out last year and reached as high as three on the Billboard 200. The five-piece band from Iceland will bring their indie-pop prowess to The Mann Center Skyline Stage tonight starting at 7 p.m. Head over to the XPN Concert Calendar for more information. Continue reading →