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Philadelphia’s Hop Along, riding the wave of acclaim from their latest release, Painted Shut, out last year via Saddle Creek, are currently on a co-headlining tour with Boston rockers Speedy Ortiz—together, a fiery combination of raw talent and verve that should not be missed.

Painted Shut is ten songs of shimmering, straight-up, alternative rock n’ roll; the album embodies themes of desperation and weary awakening—“It’s about fear, and, as a person existing in today’s culture, feeling weak,” says  lead vocalist Frances Quinlan.  The song “Powerful Man” is one such  exploration of Quinlan coming to terms with fear and weakness; “When I was about 18 years old, I witnessed a man beating the crap of out of his kid, and I was too scared to do anything about it at the time,” she recalls.  “Sun setting on the street/Your dad told you not to look at me/Down came the fist hard upon your head/I was the only other adult around….He said she’s not gonna help you/He said she’s not/I just thought he looked like a powerful man,” she conveys in her signature howl through fuzzy, driving guitars.

“I’m not saying this to suck up, but I’m really looking forward to playing Nashville on this tour,” she adds. “The last time we were there, a few years ago, we played in a house.  It will be awesome to play an actual venue this time!”

On May 17th, Hop Along will blow the roof off of Exit/In, so don’t miss it! Tickets for the 18+ show are $12 and can be purchased here: 

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