Hop Along have an abiding love for their hometown of Philadelphia. The multi-genre band came up in the city’s basement show scene, gaining fans organically through the ‘10s prior to their signing with Saddle Creek, who offered the band’s most recent pair of releases, Painted Shut and Bark Your Head Off, Dog, to a large and eager national audience. Alongside groups like Dr. Dog, The War on Drugs and Japanese Breakfast, Hop Along are now one of the City of Brother Love’s finest indie exports; the band have proselytized about Philly and its rife creative energy throughout their rise. As part of their fall tour, the band displayed some not-so-subtle hometown pride, cheekily covering a classic of Philly Soul for their encore: “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” written by the inimitable songwriting partnership of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff (alongside lyricist Cary Gilbert).
Beck – Tarantula (Colourbox cover)
Few expected the movie Roma to be as big a hit as it was (it’s tied for the most Oscar nominations). Even Sony must not have, as they’re just getting around to releasing a soundtrack two months after release – and as Music Inspired By The Film Roma, i.e. must that doesn’t actually appear in the film. But Beck’s beautiful cover of 4AD group Colourbox arrives better late than never. Accompanied by an orchestra and Leslie Feist on backing vocals, he’s never sounded more like Peter Gabriel.