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Tuesday Tune-Out w/Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan at PhilaMOCA Jan. 29

Tonight is the final Tuesday Tune-Out curated by The Key featuring Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan. Though Quinlan and her bandmates bassist Tyler Long and drummer/brother Mark Quinlan released last year’s impressive full-length album Get Disowned, this evening will not find Frances resting on her laurels. Instead, expect to hear a solo set of all new material! She’ll also be screening one of her favorite films following the performance - a 1950s Fellini movie of which one of the band’s earlier songs was named after. PhilMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $5, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

Hop Along Opening for Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start at Union Transfer Jan. 12

Frances Quinlan steers pop-rock trio Hop Along into Union Transfer this evening. Their album Get Disowned stood out as one of the finest local releases of 2012. Hop Along unleashes Quinlan’s versatile emotive vocal style, coupling it with a musical sensitivity befitting the moment. Digging in and pulling up there sleeves when necessary, or laying back and playing it simple, these three definitely have a knack for discovering the beauty amid a disaster. There’s a transparent grittiness in both the lyrics and the music it wears that can transform these songs into anthems or better yet battle cries. Hop Along will be opening alongside the pop-rock fortress of A Great Big Pile of Leaves for recently reunited South Jersey emo outfit Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, who are celebrating the 10th anniversary of and nothing is  #1. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8:30pm, $15, All Ages (Photo by Andee Wells) - Michael Colavita


Photo Recap: Hop Along, Secret Mountains & DRGN KING at JB's

We swung by Johnny Brenda’s this past Saturday for the sweet bill with Hop Along, Secret Mountains and DRGN KING. There were a lot of familiar faces from the local music community gettin’ down. DRGN KING came at us with some heavy guitar riffs courtesy of leading man Dominic Angelella, which were also intertwined with his anthemic pop hooks. The big surprise of the evening was Brendan Mulvihill’s hidden talent on the electric guitar. We already knew that he could tear it up on the mandolin, but his guitar and keyboard work fit quite naturally for his first outing with the band. Baltimore’s Secret Mountains rolled into town requesting the lights be dim to set the mood for their dark, psychedelic rock with plenty of grooves reminiscent of Portishead. Lead vocalist Kelly Laughlin’s powerful wails teetered back and forth between art-rock and radio-friendly pop vocals. Hop Along closed out the evening with a rollicking set that got the entranced audience moving. Frances Quinlan’s rambunctious yet achy vocals and unique, storytelling lyrics were the standouts of the performance that had the crowd cheering for more. You can check out our pics from the evening HERE.



Photo Recap: Hop Along, Secret Mountains & DRGN KING at JB's

- by Adam G.

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Weekend Warrior, July 13 - 15

The basement of the First Unitarian Church was, up until last year, a lively, eclectic magnet for eccentric, brownbag-holding music enthusiasts multiple times a week. Most of its events, and thus its colorful traffic, have been detoured by R5 Productions up to the instant hot spot Union Transfer. Last month though, Hop Along and co. filled up the beloved spot with sweat, beer, and most importantly, feather-ruffling, exclamatory pop-rock, with some harp thrown in for good measure. Hop Along were celebrating the release of their fantastic, already understated LP Get Disowned, which you can grab your copy now via Hot Green Records (the label run by the Algernon Cadwallader dudes, who also were responsible for the recording of the album.) This Saturday night, they will be downsizing in capacity, but certainly not in talent when they take over Johnny Brenda’s for the evening. The band is coming back home after a short stint on the road, so expect a congenial time to be had by old and new friends alike... Hop Along alum - and musical man around town Dominic Angelella) - will be bringing his latest venture DRGN KING along for the ride, who will be pumping out paranormal-rock jams. What began as a studio pet project for Angelella and Ritz Reynolds has becoming a rollicking five-piece, with the recent addition of Norwegian Arms’ Brendan Mulvihill on guitar (this will be his debut show with the band). DRGN KING are getting ready to release their debut record Paragraph Nights, so expect some previews from the highly-anticipated release. Rounding out the bill are rad Baltimore-based and Dan Deacon affiliated woozy pop experimenters Secret Mountains, who will be the subject of an upcoming Shaking Through episode. Come enjoy these local favorites and their out-of-town guests for what should be an intimate yet exhilarating evening. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, 21+, $10 - Adam G.

More in store for the weekend…
JohnnyBrendas (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Hop Along, DRGN KING
KungFuNecktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Echo Orbiter, Trouble Everyday, Break It Up, SUN Crills Wilson, High Kick
NorthStarBar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Juno Day, The Matt Lyons Band, The Kai-Yotes, SAT Grand National
TheFire (412 W. Girard Ave) FRI Elwood James Band, Got Penny, SAT The Fallen Troubadours
TheTrocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI WaxOnWaxOffMusikGroup, SAT Asher Roth, SUN (Early) Morbid Fantasy, Parius, SUN (Late) 20 Days In
Fergies (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Dave Steel Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
WorldCaféLive (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Hezekiah Jones, Griz, Cheers Elephant
BlockleyPourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Theodore Gramms
Theater of Living Arts (330 South St.) SUN OCD: Moosh & Twist, Spiff.E
TheLegendaryDobbs (304 South St.) FRI Power Theory, Mistress, Joshua Popejoy, Syrrah, The Dell Project, Greg McGravey, SAT Honor, Stonebaby, HiFi Asylum
RebelRockBar (100 Spring Garden St.) FRI Darienne Rose, Sophist, The Warbirds
TriumphBrewery (117 Chestnut St.) SUN The 9's
OrtliebsLounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SAT Archives of Oblivion, North Lawrence Midnight Singers
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Eraserhood Forever w/Void Vision, Full Blown Cherry, SUN Nuclear BBQ w/Bandname, Slutever, Trouble Everyday, The Shakes, The Eeries, (((TACO)))
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Watery Love, SAT Full Blown Cherry
MilkboyPhilly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Reverend TJ McGlinchey, John & Brittany, Orion Freeman, Paige Allbritton, SAT Chocolate Milk
Teri’s (1126 S. 9th St.) Joe Jack Talcum, Vintage Kicks, Ugh God
JR’s (2327 S. Croskey St.) FRI Dirt Worshipper, Ashencult
The El Bar (1356 N. Front St.) Weyes Blood
Little Berlin (2430 Coral St.) The Minor Arcana, The Sea Around Us
Neighborhood Bike Works (508 S. 5th St.) SAT Window Liquor
Pilam (3914 Spruce St.) SAT Strawman
Nacho House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for details.) FRI Dry Feet, NONA, Yikes
Lucky 13 (1820 S. 13th St.) South Philly Summerfest w/Far-Out Fangtooth, Taco Joint, Hivelords, The Shakes, The Lawsuits, Gold Crowns
TheGrapeRoom (105 Grape St.) FRI Justin Phillippi & Friends, The Heat Run, The Carpet Squares, SAT A Minor Error, Stealing Fame, Rail, Perineum

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