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by Andrew Sacher

Hop Along

For this year's highly acclaimed Painted Shut, Hop Along signed to Saddle Creek, and now the label announced that they will also re-press that album's excellent predecessor, Get Disowned. You can also get involved, by helping to choose what color the vinyl will be. The label writes:

We're currently prepping a reissue of Hop Along's debut full-length, Get Disowned, and we need your help to choose the color! Cast your vote below for opaque ivory, transparent clear, opaque gold, or opaque dark blue. Voting concludes end of day July 30th, and we will announce the winning color on July 31st. Also on July 31st, your account will be updated with a download of the album!
No release date has been set, "due to the volatility of vinyl manufacturing," but Saddle Creek plans to have them shipped out by the end of the year. You can pre-order and enter the color contest here.

Hop Along will be in NJ this weekend for the XPoNential Music Festival with My Morning Jacket, St. Vincent, Courtney Barnett, and more (tickets).

In case you're not familiar with Get Disowned, you can stream it below...

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photo: Hop Along at Baby's All Right in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hop Along

We just mentioned how a lot of music websites (like NPR) use this year midpoint to post their favorite albums of the year so far. Pitchfork isn't one of them, but they do post their Overlooked Records of the year. They write, "None of these releases received a Best New Music designation and not all were rated above an 8.0 but all are records worth revisiting." They've got a couple metal albums (Bell Witch, Sannhet), that ambient Jeff Bridges album, and the no-longer-overlooked indie rockers Hop Along (who also made best-of-2015-so-far lists from Rolling Stone, AV Club, Stereogum, Paste, Flavorwire, Noisey, and NPR's song list).

The list is also interestingly heavy on relatively underground electronic records, including Lakker, Mbongwana Star, Mumdance & Logos, Anthony Naples, Pearson Sound and Smurphy. Check out the whole list below, and read their commentary here.

Sicko Mobb

In terms of rap, it has Joey Bada$$ (who plays NYC this week), and Chicago duo Sicko Mobb. Sicko Mobb will make their way over to NYC on July 25 for Warm Up with Baauer, Skepta and more (tickets); and a late show at Palisades that night with Taso, Ricky Eat Acid and Tripletrain (tickets).

Sicko Mobb made the list for their Super Saiyan Vol 2 mixtape, which you can download for free at DatPiff and stream below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork list their overlooked records of 2015 (including Sicko Mobb, who play NYC soon)"

by Andrew Sacher

Lowercase Roses

Tigers Jaw are going on a short acoustic tour this week, and opening those shows will be The Sidekicks guitarist Matt Scheuermann's other project, lowercase roses (previously known simply as roses). Matt released the three-song self-titled lowercases roses EP on Christmas last year, and it's good stuff. They're somber acoustic songs that fall somewhere between early Death Cab and The Microphones, and should work well on an acoustic tour with Tigers Jaw. That's the EP's artwork above (designed by Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan) and you can stream the whole thing below.

The tour is in Philly tonight, Somerville on Friday, and NYC on Saturday. As discussed, that NYC show happens at Le Poisson Rouge (6/27). Tickets are still available.

For Tigers Jaw, the tour is in support of their new acoustic album, Studio 4 Acoustic Session. As you may know, Studio 4 is the studio of producer Will Yip, who recorded Tigers Jaw's last album, and recent albums by Title Fight, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth, Pity Sex and so many more. (It was just announced today that he's working on the new Nothing album too.) Will also partnered with Run for Cover Records (which Tigers Jaw is signed to) to launch his own imprint, Memory Music, which is the label putting out Tigers Jaw's acoustic album next week. You can stream it in full below and pre-order it here.

Tigers Jaw also have full-band shows coming up, but they're opening for New Found Glory and Yellowcard. If you're into that sorta thing, you can see that tour in NYC on 10/24 at Best Buy Theater (tickets). All TJ dates below.

Lastly, speaking of The Sidekicks, they have a few shows with All Dogs coming up. None in NYC, but they'll be nearby for an Asbury Park show on August 20 at Asbury Lanes with ROMP (tickets). That same month, All Dogs are releasing their new album, Kicking Every Day, on Salinas Records (8/28). Teaser video, album artwork, tracklist and list of dates, below.

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Made In America

In addition to the Made In America-presented Mary J Blige show that happened last week and the second TBA one-day NYC show, the Jay Z-curated Budweiser Made In America festival returns to Philly Labor Day Weekend. It happens September 5-6 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the lineup includes Beyonce, The Weeknd, J Cole, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Future, Duke Dumont, A-Trak, Santigold, Metric, De La Soul, Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, Vic Mensa, Flatbush Zombies, Creepoid, Superheaven, Hop Along, Waxahatchee, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, and the general on-sale starts Monday (6/29) at noon.

Full lineup below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Hop Along @ Baby's - 5/10/15
Hop Along
Hop Along

Hop Along released their new record Painted Shut last week (5/5) on Saddle Creek (their first for the label), and brought their tour with Thin Lips to NYC for two sold-out shows in support of it. They hit Rough Trade on release day, also with Crying, and Baby's All Right last night (5/10), also with Quit.

Quit is the current band of 1994!'s Chris Diehm, and they definitely retain some of that band's '90s-inspired emo, as you can hear on last year's impressive demos. I unfortunately missed their set last night, but did see Chris as he was pulling double duty as Thin Lips' guitarist. (Between him and Hop Along's Joe Reinhart [ex-Algernon Cadwallader], the whole bill had former members of that first wave of emo revival bands.) Thin Lips were excellent, and definitely a great match for Hop Along. They're fronted by former Dangerous Ponies singer Chrissy Tashjian and feature other members of that band as well, and they nail the kind of pop punk-inspired indie rock that's having a bit of a moment lately (think Swearin', Joyce Manor, All Dogs, etc). They stand out though, particularly because Chrissy's a distinct singer and has the kind of powerhouse voice that really soars over the rest of the band.

Finally, Hop Along came on. Hop Along have long been the band that even as an opener always had a great crowd there singing every word, and with the steady rise their once-underrated 2012 record Get Disowned has been on over the past three years, it was a pretty triumphant thing to see them now as the headliner of their second of two sold-out shows in the city. And they sounded great (if not better) than ever. Most of the new record rocks a little harder than Get Disowned, with the band's folkier tendencies remaining more in the songwriting than in the overall sound, and other than Frances Quinlan's one solo song towards the end of the set, last night's show was also very much in that rocking mode.

Frances' voice, which goes from delicate singing to an aggressive rasp without warning, was the star of the show as always (Vulture recently suggested it may be the best voice in rock music today and it's not hard to see why). But the not-so-secret weapon of the new songs is Joe Reinhart's guitar. Whether he's throwing in tricky leads over a song's chorus or ripping classic rock-style solos, his playing is as much a highlight of the show as Frances' singing.

Seeing as Painted Shut just came out, it made sense that last night's show leaned a lot heavier on those songs, but they did of course save room for some old favorites. And as good as the new record is, there's only a handful of songs by any indie rock band that consistently get a whole room going like "Tibetan Pop Stars." Pitchfork recently said that song "should be etched in titanium and shot into outer space for safekeeping." If you've seen a crowd react to Hop Along playing it, you'd probably think that idea isn't half bad.

Pictures of last night's show continue below...

Continue reading "Hop Along celebrated 'Painted Shut' with 2 NYC shows (pics from Baby's All Right w/ Thin Lips & Quit)"

FYF

LA's annual FYF Fest returns August 22 & 23, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Morrissey, The Jesus & Mary Chain, D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Bloc Party, Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Joyce Manor, Title Fight, METZ, Cold Cave, Melody's Echo Chamber, Battles, Neon Indian, Alvvays, La Femme, Mikal Cronin, Hop Along and more.

Tickets go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon PDT. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "FYF Fest 2015 lineup (Morrissey, Jesus & Mary Chain, Frank Ocean, D'Angelo, Dinosaur Jr, Spiritualized, Bloc Party, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Hop Along at BV-RBSS show at Baby's in January (more by Ryan Muir)
Hop Along

Hop Along have already shared three songs off their upcoming Painted Shut (due 5/5 via Saddle Creek), and now the whole thing is here a week early. As those singles hinted, this new album builds on its excellent predecessor, 2012's Get Disowned, adding in classic rock-style guitar solos (thanks to recently-added guitarist Joe Reinhart) and bigger production (thanks to Sonic Youth/Dinosaur Jr producer John Agnello) to their already-sharp sound. At the forefront of it all though, is Frances Quinlan, one of the most distinct singers and lyricists in indie rock right now. It's been a great year for powerful, unpolished indie rock albums (thanks to Title Fight, Waxahatchee, Speedy Ortiz, and still more), and Painted Shut is no exception. Listen in full below, via Spin.

Hop Along's tour has them in NYC soon for two shows with Thin Lips, May 5 at Rough Trade also with Crying (tickets) and May 10 at Baby's All RIght (tickets).

Full tour schedule and album stream below...

Continue reading "Hop Along streaming new album 'Painted Shut' (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

Thin Lips

One of the openers on Hop Along's upcoming tour is their Philly neighbors Thin Lips, who play both NYC shows. Thin Lips are a good match, because both bands share a knack for crunchy power pop and powerhouse vocals. Thin Lips singer Chrissy Tashjian used to front the band Dangerous Ponies (maybe you caught them in Brooklyn with Laura Stevenson and Lady Lamb?), who recorded a lot of their stuff with producer Joe Reinhart (now of Hop Along). Fellow Dangerous Ponies members Kyle Pulley and Michael Tashjian (Chrissy's brother) back her in Thin Lips, and Michael and a couple other DP members are now in The Weaks, who collaborated with Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan and also named a song after her (which is also a Nirvana pun).

Their debut EP, Divorce Year, is due next week (5/5) via Seagreen Records (pre-order), and -- perhaps not surprisingly, given their history playing together -- it has Thin Lips sounding like a seasoned and confident band right out of the gate. A full stream premieres below.

Thin Lips and Hop Along will hit NYC on May 5 at Rough Trade, which also has Crying on the bill, and May 10 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for Rough Trade and Baby's are still available. Thin Lips have other dates without Hop Along too. All are listed, with the EP stream, below.

Continue reading "Thin Lips (ex-Dangerous Ponies) opening for Hop Along and playing other dates (stream their new EP)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Hop Along at BV-RBSS at Baby's in January (more by Ryan Muir)
Hop Along

Hop Along already released "Waitress" and "Powerful Man" from their upcoming album Painted Shut (due 5/5 via Saddle Creek), and today they offered up a third track, "Texas Funeral." Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan has one of the most distinct voices in current indie rock, thanks in no small part to the way she goes from softer singing to a raspy yell without any warning or interest in holding anything back. When she brings that yell in on "Texas Funeral"'s chorus of "NONE of this is gonna happen to me!" it's the same type of cathartic release you get from "Stranger in India, I'm gonna be creepin' on you so hard!" or "Meteor, meteor, make me young!" or any of the other lines you can't go to a Hop Along show without hearing the crowd shout. And like the last single, this one's got another ripping solo from Joe Reinhart, whose guitar playing is as important an element of the new record as Frances' voice. Listen below, via Stereogum.

Hop Along's tour hits NYC on May 5 at Rough Trade (tickets) and May 10 at Baby's All Right (tickets). As mentioned, Thin Lips are opening both of those shows, and since we last spoke, Crying were added to the Rough Trade show. Hop Along also recently added Field Mouse and Lithuania (mem Dr. Dog) to several other dates on the tour.

Thin Lips also have a new release coming on May 5, Divorce Year, on Seagreen Records. Its new single "Nothing Weird" came out recently via Stereogum, and you can also hear that below, along with the new Hop Along song and updated list of tour dates.

Continue reading "Hop Along share new song "Texas Funeral"; Thin Lips, Field Mouse, Crying & others opening on their tour"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Hop Along at BV-RBSS at Baby's in January (more by Ryan Muir)
Hop Along

Hop Along have put out a second single from their new album Painted Shut, which is due May 5 via Saddle Creek (their first for the label). The new one's called "Powerful Man" and it's got choppy, crunchy Weezer-esque verses, plus a classic-sounding guitar solo from Joe Reinhart. It's also a dark song, lyrically. Singer Frances Quinlan told The FADER it's about witnessing a boy getting beaten up by his father in front of a school when she was 18. Listen below.

The band's tour hits NYC on May 5 at Rough Trade (tickets) and May 10 at Baby's All Right (tickets). Both are with Thin Lips. Updated tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Hop Along share "Powerful Man" from 'Painted Shut' (stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Hop Along at BV-RBSS at Baby's in January (more by Ryan Muir)
Hop Along

Philly's Hop Along recently signed to Saddle Creek for their new album, and now that album's officially been announced. It's called Painted Shut and will be out on May 5 via their new label home (pre-order), and the first single "Waitress" is out now. They recorded it with John Agnello, who knows how give rock bands a clear sound that's still raw and powerful (he's worked with Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr, for example), and that's exactly how "Waitress" sounds. It's up there with the harder-hitting rockers on Painted Shut's great predecessor Get Disowned, and with Frances Quinlan's distinct voice, it's unmistakably Hop Along. You can and should check it out below (via Noisey).

Hop Along have several dates with The War on Drugs coming up, and after that they'll go on a headlining tour which hits NYC on May 5 at Rough Trade with Thin Lips and May 10 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for Rough Trade go on sale Friday (3/13) at noon, and tickets for Baby's should be on sale soon.

All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Hop Along announce new album 'Painted Shut,' share first single "Waitress," expand tour (2 NYC dates included)"

by Andrew Sacher

Glocca Morra
Glocca Morra

Philly emo revivalists Glocca Morra are calling it quits this year, but before they go out they've got two new songs and a farewell tour. Their final 7" is on Ice Age Records and it's more straight punk than some of the more Kinsella-style stuff they became known for. Listen to both tracks below, via AV Club.

The tour happens this May and brings the band to NYC on May 29 at Shea Stadium. All dates are with Canadian punks Greys (who played NYC on Friday), and the Boston, NYC and Philly shows are with Brooklyn's LVL UP. All dates are listed on the tour flyer below.

Glocca Morra's Nate Dionne is one of the members in newer band Dogs on Acid, who released their first single last year and have now signed to Jade Tree for their debut LP which is due out this summer. The band also includes former Algernon Cadwallader members Nick Tazza and Joe Reinhardt, the latter of whom is now also in Hop Along. Dogs on Acid have four Philly shows coming up, but nothing in NYC at the moment. While you wait for the new album, revisit last year's single below.

Nate Dionne was also in the band Snowing, whose singer John Galm more recently went solo and put out the depressing 2014 album Sky of No Stars. John's on a solo tour right now, and it hits NYC tonight (3/8) at 603 Bushwick Ave (upstairs) with Trace Mountains (another project of LVL UP's Dave Benton) and Bethlehem Steel. All John's dates, and a stream of his recent album, below.

Continue reading "Glocca Morra streaming final 7" & going on farewell tour with Greys & LVL UP; John Galm on tour; Dogs On Acid LP coming"

photo: TWOD at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by PSquared)
TWOD

The War on Drugs, whose 2014 album Lost in the Dream did very well in countless year-end lists and on the Pazz & Jop Poll (we loved it too), have announced another tour in support of it. We already knew they'd be at a few festivals, including Coachella, Bonnaroo and NYC's Governors Ball, and now a ton of club dates have been announced too. Most US dates are with another great Philly band, Hop Along, who have a new album on Saddle Creek coming and who just played our Red Bull Sound Select show this week.

No NYC stops besides Governors Ball announced at the moment. All dates are listed, with the video of their recent Fallon performance, below...

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photos by Ryan Muir, words by Pink Baby

Hop Along / Beach Slang / Ryley Walker / Aye Nako
Hop Along
Beach Slang
Ryley Walker
Aye Nako

The latest BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select happened at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right last night (1/13) with Hop Along, Beach Slang, Ryley Walker and Aye Nako.

The place was already pretty full before Aye Nako's opening set, and remained that way throughout the $3-with-RSVP show. The local punk band played a few favorites off their 2013 debut LP, Unleash Yourself, and like they've been doing lately, took the chance to preview a handful of new ones. From the sounds of a couple of those, it looks like their next record may be a bit heavier than their debut. Looking forward to finding out.

Next up was Ryley Walker, the Chicago psychedelic folk singer, who's got a new LP on the way via Dead Oceans. He flew in for this show. It was just him on acoustic guitar and vocals, accompanied by a standup bassist, and while that could seem out of place on this punk/indie rock bill, Ryley was too intense not to fit in. Rather than performing as a hushed folk singer, Ryley howled and had no trouble filling that venue with his huge voice. He and the bassist are also highly talented players and fed off each other like crazy on their extended, mesmerizing jams. Ryley will be back at Baby's soon as part of his tour with Kevin Morby.

After Ryley it was back to the rock, with the first of the two co-headliners, Beach Slang, taking the stage. It was clear that plenty of people were there for them -- this was maybe the most amount of people at once singing along and pushing around to Beach Slang we've seen yet. They gave us one new song, "Ride the Wild Haze," which sounded as awesome as all their others and will most likely appear on their debut full length, due out at some point this year. Other than that we got all eight songs from their two EPs, sounding as cathartic and downright fun as always. As of today, those EPs are also available on one cassette via Business Casual Records. Catch Beach Slang again on tour with Cursive.

Lastly, fellow Philly band Hop Along wrapped up the night, and also had the place full of people who were going nuts and yelling every word. We got the live staples from 2012's Get Disowned that we usually do like "Kids on the Boardwalk," "Young and Happy!" and "Tibetan Pop Stars," the 2013 one-off single "Sister Cities," and some new ones from their upcoming LP on Saddle Creek. The old favorites just seem to get better every time we hear them, and those new songs sound great too, which is making the anticipation for this new album pretty high. Keep your eyes out for that.

All door money went to CancerCare. Thanks to all the bands, Red Bull, Baby's, and everyone who came out to what was an epic night of music (DJ sets between bands by Andrew Sacher included). If you were one of the first 100 in, did you enjoy the free sweet potato fries? We hope you also grabbed one of the free limited edition posters on the way out.

The next two NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows will take place February 10th (curated by Popgun Presents) and March 10th (curated by Afropunk). Both are at Baby's again. After that BrooklynVegan is up again with an April 14th show at a TBD venue. No lineups for any of those shows have been announced yet.

More pictures from the show (including portraits of the bands) below...

Continue reading "Hop Along, Beach Slang, Ryley Walker & Aye Nako played the BV-RBSS show at Baby's All Right (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Modern Baseball @ BK Bazaar in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Modern Baseball

Modern Baseball, Beach Slang, Spraynard, Hurry, The Weaks and Marietta are releasing a 6-way split called Strength In Weakness on February 3 via Lame-O Records, which will benefit United Cerebral Palsy. Modern Baseball's contribution, "Alpha Kappa Fall of Troy The Movie Part Deux," just premiered over at Billboard, and it's a '90s-style rocker that's scrappier than anything on last year's great You're Gonna Miss it All. Check it out below.

Both Modern Baseball and Beach Slang will be at this year's Skate & Surf Fest in Asbury Park, but you can catch Beach Slang in NYC much sooner than that. Their co-headlining, BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with Hop Along happens on Tuesday (1/13) at Baby's All Right with Aye Nako and Ryley Walker. I'll also be DJing between sets. That's $3 at the door with RSVP or $10 without. No advance sales, and all door money is going to be donated to CancerCare.

That show is three days after the BV-presented Slingshot Dakota / Runaway Brother / Crazy & the Brains / Vasudeva show (1/10) which is also at Baby's All Right.

Modern Baseball song stream and EP tracklist below...

Continue reading "Modern Baseball release song from 6-way split; Hop Along, Beach Slang, Aye Nako & Ryley Walker play BV-RBSS soon"

Ryley Walker

Folk singer and guitar great Ryley Walker has signed to Dead Oceans (Phosphorescent, Tallest Man on Earth) for the followup to 2014's All Kinds of You. It's called Primrose Green and will be out on the label on March 31. If you caught Ryley at CMJ this past October, you may have seen him perform the title track. NYC Taper has a recording of that, which you can listen to, along with the studio version, below. Popmatters caught him performing the song on his tour with Cloud Nothings:

The 24-year old guitarist was pleasing to watch and the instrumental beds the guys laid down were gorgeous enough that the songs almost didn't need lyrics. When Walker introduced the song, "Primrose Green", I thought of a similarly-named Hunger Games character, but he explained the tune was named after a booze-concoction he used to drink before advising the mostly under-age audience against drinking.
As discussed, Ryley also has dates coming up including a tour with Kevin Morby which hits Baby's All Right on March 15 (tickets), as well as another Baby's show happening much sooner. He plays the next BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with Hop Along, Beach Slang and Aye Nako at Baby's on Tuesday, January 13. That's $3 at the door with RSVP or $10 without. No advance sales, and all door money is going to be donated to CancerCare.

All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Ryley Walker announces new LP on Dead Oceans (stream a track); BV-RBSS show w/ Hop Along & Beach Slang is soon"

Hop Along
Hop Along
Photo: Hop Along @ BK Bazaar on Halloween (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Beach Slang
Photo: Beach Slang @ BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The Red Bull Sound Select series of shows is continuing into 2015, and the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment happens January 13 at Baby's All Right. The show will be co-headlined by two killer Philly bands, Hop Along and Beach Slang, and joining them will be NYC punks Aye Nako and Chicago psych-folk singer/guitarist Ryley Walker, who will be flying in for this show and playing as a duo with a bassist. We couldn't be more excited for this lineup.

Doors at 7pm. Show at 8pm, and like most RBSS shows it's $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales, and all door money is going to be donated to CancerCare, an organization that provides"telephone, online and face-to-face counseling, support groups, education, publications and financial and co-payment assistance." Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served, so get there on time to guarantee you get in!

Check out some videos/song streams of all four bands below...

Continue reading "Hop Along, Beach Slang, Aye Nako & Ryley Walker playing next BV RBSS show @ Baby's, a CancerCare benefit (RSVP = $3 entry)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Hop Along / Mitski
Hop Along
Mitski

One of the many live music options in NYC on Halloween was the Brooklyn Night Bazaar show with Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along, Mitski and Desert Sharks. (Girlpool were supposed to play too but dropped off.) Amanda and I showed up for Hop Along and Mitski, the latter of whom was playing solo at this show. The last time I saw her she was backed by half of LVL UP, but she was just intense with no more than a guitar. Mitski doesn't strip it down to acoustic mode or anything for her solo shows though. She played an electric that was thick and distorted, sounding like a sludgy Angel Olsen. For the last song, she put the guitar down until it was feeding back, and just sang over the noise.

Hop Along's set was fresh off the announcement that they've signed to Saddle Creek for a new album that will be out in 2015. They debuted a song off that album which was a nice dose of crunchy power pop. It sounded different for them, and like it's gonna be a good one. They also played plenty of favorites from Get Disowned, and maybe it was the late set time or Halloween putting everyone in a good mood, but it was the wildest crowd for them I've seen a while.

More pictures of both Hop Along and Mitski, and a video, below...

Continue reading "Hop Along & Mitski @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar (pics, video)"

Hop Along at Wicker Park Fest 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan)
Hop Along

Hop Along have been playing new songs live for a while now, and they've finally announced that they've signed to Saddle Creek for the followup to their great 2012 album Get Disowned. Congrats guys! That makes them labelmates with Bright Eyes, Cursive, The Thermals and more. The album's due out in spring of 2015 and they're entering the studio this week with producer John Agnello, who's work with Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile, Cymbals Eat Guitars and others makes him a great fit for Hop Along.

Hop Along have a couple dates coming up, including a free Halloween show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Diarrhea Planet, Girlpool, Mitski and more, and a New Year's Eve show in Philly.

Revisit Get Disowned below...

Continue reading "Hop Along sign to Saddle Creek, releasing new LP in 2015"

photos by Chris La Putt

Girlpool at BV day party at Baby's All Right - 10/25/14
Girlpool

LA duo Girlpool played about ten shows right before and during CMJ, and they'll be back in the area next week to play NYC and Long Island on their tour with Jenny Lewis. They must really love it here, because now they've added yet another show. They were added to the Halloween show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar which already has a stacked lineup of Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along, Mitski and more. That show is free and includes a costume contest ($500 cash prize), face painting and more. Sounds like a pretty good way to spend Halloween.

One of Girlpool's many CMJ shows was our Saturday day party. We already posted pictures of that show and we've got another set of Girlpool in this post. More, with their updated list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Girlpool added to Halloween at BK Bazaar w/ Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along & Mitski (updated dates & more CMJ pics)"

Rivers and Frances (via Hop Along Instagram)
Frances

Weezer brought their current tour playing their new album in full to Philly for a show at the Trocadero this Saturday (10/25). At that show, Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan joined the band on stage to duet with Rivers Cuomo on "Go Away" (Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino sings with him on the album version." WXPN's The Key spoke to Frances about it:

She tells us she was on tour opening for mewithoutYou when she found out about the opportunity. "I was literally hopping up and down at a rest stop outside Baltimore when our booking agent, Merrick, told me the news."

Quinlan says she was nervous upon arriving at The Troc and watching Weezer soundcheck from backstage, but the band and the crew were total sweethearts, which put her at ease. "Rivers had me rehearse the song backstage with him and Brian [Bell, guitarist]," she says. "We ran through it once and an hour later I sang it onstage with them. It's the craziest thing that's ever happened to me."

Weezer's tour hits NYC at Bowery Ballroom tonight (10/27) which is sold out. Will any guests be there tonight too?

Hop Along will also celebrate Halloween in NYC at Brooklyn Night Bazaar for a free show with wild garage rockers Diarrhea Planet headlining, plus Desert Sharks, Mitski and Banker$. They're also promising "costume cash prizes, light show, face painting, art debut and fun." Hop Along also play New Year's Eve in Philly.

Watch the video of Frances and Weezer below...

Continue reading "Frances from Hop Along sang on stage with Weezer (who play NYC tonight); HA playing Halloween w/ Diarrhea Planet"

by Andrew Sacher

mewithoutYou @ Irving Plaza - 10/16/14 (via Vishal Manglani)
Mwy

Back in the mid-2000s, before there was an emo revival but long after emo had become a dirty word, a few bands from "that scene" were coming out with boundary pushing music that could easily defy being pigeonholed into said scene (but often were anyway). One of these bands was mewithoutYou. While mewithoutYou were never emo, they were certainly grouped with those bands (perhaps being labelmates with Underoath and Futher Seems Forever had something to do with this), and even at this point almost anything remotely emo, post-hardcore, punk, pop punk, etc is called "emo revival." mewithoutYou shifted sounds several times throughout their career (which is still going strong), and arguably their most compelling stuff came when the post-hardcore of their early material took a turn towards art rock, resulting in two near-perfect albums. The first of those was Catch For Us The Foxes, which they're currently playing in full on tour for its 10th anniversary. I've always thought that its followup, 2006's Brother, Sister, is their crowning achievement so far (and my fingers are crossed for a tour of that one in 2016), but Catch is a close second for me and many fans consider it their best, which was very clear at last night's (10/16) NYC stop of the tour at Irving Plaza.

I've caught mewithoutYou a few times on recent tours, but neither the band nor the crowd have been as intense as the both were last night. It was clear that mewithoutYou are having a great time revisiting the album, with all of the members smiling and acting more lively on stage than they were even earlier this year. They sounded great playing those songs too. They were super tight, and those ten-year old songs sounded fresh (partially thanks to great newer bands like La Dispute keeping that sound alive). And the crowd was loving every second, yelling every word, and clapping surprisingly in time with a few of the more off-kilter drum beats. There was one moment when Aaron Weiss leapt into the crowd (something I've never seen him do) and the surrounding fans all mobbed the people who caught him.

mewithoutYou (via Kelsey Peters)
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The band left the stage for only a minute or so after playing the album before returning for an 8-song encore that touched on all four of their other albums. Brother, Sister was really well represented, with five songs total including two of the "Spider" songs used as transitions. The other albums all got one each, and whether it was the dissonant post-hardcore of "Gentlemen" or the major key folk of "Goodbye, I!" the band stayed in great form and the crowd kept eating it up.

The Appleseed Cast (via Washed Up Emo)
Appleseed Cast

mewithoutYou weren't the only band to get excited about at this show though. The whole East Coast leg of the tour has had a great triple bill with The Appleseed Cast and Hop Along. The Appleseed Cast are veterans themselves, and those guys actually do have emo roots -- their 1998 debut, The End of the Ring Wars, is an excellent SDRE-inspired album, though they'd never sound that way again and good luck hearing those songs live these days -- but like mewithoutYou, by the 2000s they were also operating in a realm that couldn't exactly be tied to one scene. It was still sorta emo, but more often it was gorgeous post rock, and that side of them was on display during last night's very solid set. They included a few tracks from their newest LP, 2013's Illumination Ritual, but otherwise picked major highlights from the early-mid 2000s years like the guitar noodling of "Fishing the Sky," the atmospheric pop of "Here We Are (Family in the Hallway)," and the truly beautiful post rock build of "On Reflection."

And while two veterans on one bill is a great time, you don't want to get too caught up in nostalgia so it was very welcome that the much newer and also great indie/emo/whatever band Hop Along opened. Hop Along basically always win us over and last night was no exception. Frances Quinlan is always on fire as a singer, but especially last night with her voice turning into a roar even more than usual. Like other recent sets, they included some new material (really, when are we getting that new album?) and we got live staples like "Kids on the Boardwalk" and "Tibetan Pop Stars" from Get Disowned and their great 2013 single, "Sister Cities."

mewithoutYou and The Appleseed Cast's setlists below...

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Dr. Dog @ Mann Center - 9/13/14 (via @jool_ee)
Dr. Dog

On Saturday night, Dr. Dog treated us to an all-night party at the Mann Skyline Stage sharing the spotlight with Hop Along, The Front Bottoms, and Mac DeMarco. At first glance, this line-up sounds like it might not work but as proven by the end of the night, Dr. Dog is open to many sonic adventures, so it only makes sense that in their hometown, they took a chance and exposed their fan base to some music that may go against your average tour promoter's instincts.

As soon as the gates opened, many a hoodied 20-something rushed towards the front of the stage to get a good spot for the openers. Hop Along played for only 30 minutes but they made it count. The band played favorites from their last album, the amazing Get Disowned, the Shaking Through single "Sister Cities," and played two new songs that continue their trajectory to the greatest band I've heard since Throwing Muses blew my mind in the late-80's. No matter how many times I hear "Tibetan Pop Stars," it remains to me one of the most beautiful rock songs of the 2010's. [The Key]

Pennsylvania rock shapeshifters Dr. Dog are fresh off an epic show in their home state that they played this past Saturday (9/13) at Philly's Mann Center with a seemingly weird but impressive lineup of guitar pop goofball Mac DeMarco, lyrical folk/pop punks The Front Bottoms, and Philly's own indie rock crew Hop Along. (Not to mention it was the second epic bill in a row at the Mann Center that weekend.) Anyone go? How was it?

Now that that's behind them, Dr. Dog have announced an EIGHT night run happening in NYC this January before they play My Morning Jacket's One Big Holiday in Mexico. The shows happen January 9-12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and January 14-17 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon with AmEx and artist presales starting Wednesday (9/17) at noon. That run and the MMJ show are their only announced dates at the moment.

Flyer for the NYC shows, with videos of all four artists from the Philly show, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Dogs on Acid

We first became aware that members of the now-defunct Algernon Cadwallader formed the new band Dogs on Acid back in 2013 when they opened for Joyce Manor. Now we've finally gotten music from the band, whose lineup includes Peter Helmis, Joe Reinhart (also a sometimes-member of Hop Along) and Nick Tazza of Algernon, plus Nate Dionne of the now-defunct Snowing. The band put out a two-song single, "Make It Easy" / "Waiting For You To Come Home," via Ranch which you can download (name your price) at bandcamp and stream in this post. If you're looking for more of Algernon and Snowing's math rock-inflicted emo, you won't find that here. Dogs on Acid instead channel punk-fueled indie rock which is more '90s Merge than '90s Jade Tree. Check out the two songs below.

Another post-Snowing band Slow Warm Death hasn't been very active lately, but members of that band are keeping busy in The Beds and White Pisces. The Beds recently put out an EP of noisy hardcore (also on Ranch), and White Pisces' most recent album came out last year. You can stream both below. SWD aren't done for good though. They've got a Pennsylvania show coming up on September 5 with Literature.

And one list related bit, Hop Along will soon head out on tour with mewithoutYou (playing Catch for Us the Foxes in full) and The Appleseed Cast. That tour hits NYC on October 16 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.

Dogs On Acid, The Beds and White Pisces streams below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Hop Along @ Bowery Ballroom - 7/11/14 (via Marc Viloria)
Hop Along

Philly indie rockers Hop Along just wrapped up a run as openers on the Owls reunion tour. That tour hit NYC this past Friday (7/11) at Bowery Ballroom where, despite being openers, Hop Along had the place packed and plenty of people singing along. New stuff sounded good too. They've now been added to yet another nostalgia tour, mewithoutYou's Catch for Us the Foxes 10th anniversary tour with post rock vets The Appleseed Cast. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on October 16 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for what is now a great triple bill are still available. Updated Hop Along dates are listed below.

That Owls tour was a rare chance to see Mike Kinsella back on the drums. He'll return to NYC, but on guitar/vocals this time, when the American Football reunion tour hits Webster Hall for three sold-out shows in October, as well as for his Owen show happening the day before.

In related news, Joyce Manor, whose new album for Epitaph Never Hungover Again features Hop Along's Frances Quinlan on the cover, are streaming that album on NPR. It's 19 minutes of scrappy punk goodness, so give it a listen if you've got a few. They're celebrating that LP with an in-store on release day (7/22) at Rough Trade NYC (we're giving away tickets) and they'll be back here on their full tour in September.

All Hop Along dates are listed, with a live video, below...

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