SXSW’s Top 10 bands: Hop Along


Hop Along

From: Philadelphia
Twitter: @HopAlongtheband

Frances Quinlan has one of those voices. Urgent, soulful, expressive. But not always right in tune. For the fans of her band, Hop Along, that last bit does not matter. At times, the song seems to take her over so completely that it seems her voice, which often gets a bit raspy, will give out.

Hop Along’s SXSW schedule.

But the voice that keeps some away has been described as “the best voice in indie rock” by others and it is that voice, and the feeling behind it, that grabs you and won’t let go when you see this 12-year-old Philadelphia quintet.

SXSW has turned away from big name artists (in recent years they’ve had Kanye West, Prince and Bruce Springsteen; the biggest names this year were Dashboard Confessional and Todd Rundgren) and among the lower-tier names at the 2018 fest, Hop Along is royalty.

Their 2015 album, “Painted Shut,” was the best album of that year on several lists. And after a long hiatus, there is finally a follow-up, “Bark Your Head Off, Dog,” due in April on Conor Oberst’s Saddle Creek label. The band’s sound has been compared to Rilo Kiley and Oberst’s Bright Eyes: tuneful, anthemic pop telling a powerful story.

In Austin the band played five shows, including a treasured date at the Willie Nelson Luck Ranch Reunion, held outside the city on the Old West set of Nelson’s movie, “Red-Headed Stranger,” which the singer had moved to his property.

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A Colorado student’s research could one day be key in understanding a rare disease — it also earned her $150,000

Cherry Creek High School senior Isani Singh placed third out of 40 finalists in the national Regeneron Science Talent Search contest for her research on the genetic disorder Turner syndrome.

Singh’s award-winning research identified the genes affected by Turner syndrome, a significant jump forward in our understanding of the rare disease.

“Isani’s research on Turner Syndrome could one day aid in earlier diagnosis and better preparation for doctors and patients,” Dr. Sudarshan Chawathe, chair of the judging panel for the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018, said in a statement. “We applaud her commitment to scientific inquiry and rigorous research on a medical condition about which we still have much to learn.”

Singh received $150,000 in prize money at the black-tie gala award ceremony March 13. Second-place winner Natalia Dmitrievna hails from Chadds Ford, Pa., and studied the effects of vaping on lung cells, earning her $175,000. New Yorker Benjamin Jacob Firester took home first place and $250,000 for his development of a mathematical model that can predict how weather influences the spread of the type of fungus that caused the Irish potato famine. The teenagers can use the money in any way they choose.

Fellow Cherry Creek senior Abilash Prabhakaran’s research on chemotherapy earned him a spot among the 40 finalists. Kyle Fridberg of Boulder’s Fairview High School rounded out the Colorado young scientists represented at Regeneron this year.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search has identified and awarded top young scientists for more than 75 years. The 40 finalists were selected from an initial pool of 1,800 nationwide applicants. The three Colorado whiz kids competed against other brainy contestants from 31 schools across 15 states in Washington, D.C., last week.

“Unbelievably, after all these years, we still don’t understand (Turner syndrome) all that well,” Regeneron president and chief scientific officer George Yancopoulos, who was a finalist …read more

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New candidate enters GOP race for governor as another prepares $1 million TV ad blitz

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Republican businessman Barry Farah will announce Wednesday that he is mounting an eleventh-hour campaign for governor, saying in an interview that “there’s no excitement for anyone in the race.”

Farah, 56, must qualify for the ballot through at the Republican Party’s state assembly April 14 because he entered the race a day after the deadline to submit petitions. He dismissed his late entry into a crowded primary race, saying, “I don’t think it’s fatal.”

His top competition in the Republican assembly is Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, whose moderate stances on litmus-test issues may irk the conservative loyalists that typically attend.

“I have not seen a genuine conservative that has a credible chance of winning in November being represented at the assembly,” Farah told The Denver Post in an interview before his announcement.

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Conservative Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski narrowly beats back his progressive challenger in a bitter Illinois primary battle with national implications

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Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski narrowly managed to beat back his progressive challenger in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District on Tuesday with 50.9% of the vote.
Marie Newman, a first-time candidate, campaigned against Lipinski’s conservative social views and opposition to Obamacare, positions she argued were out of step with those of his constituents.
Lipinski’s win virtually guarantees him an eighth term in Congress.

Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski managed to beat back his progressive challenger in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District on Tuesday with 50.9% of the vote, virtually guaranteeing the conservative Lipinski an eighth term in Congress. The Associated Press called the primary for Lipinski with 97% of precincts reporting early Wednesday morning.

The competitive contest between Lipinski and Marie Newman, a first-time candidate who won 49.1% of the primary voters, became a flashpoint for simmering tensions between the national Democratic Party’s centrist and liberal wings, drawing months of national attention.

Lipinski, one of the most conservative Democrats in the House, is anti-abortion, voted against Obamacare, and is opposed to same-sex marriage, despite its legalization.

Newman, who had the backing of an array of national abortion-rights groups and two members of Illinois’ congressional delegation, campaigned heavily against her opponent’s voting record and promoted herself as a champion of “working families, healthcare for all, and everybody’s rights,” she told Business Insider last year.

“He’s radically conservative,” Newman said of Lipinski, who has voted with Trump 35% of the time.

The suburban Chicago district is solidly blue — Hillary Clinton won it by 15 points in the 2016 general election — and both Lipinski and Newman supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential primary.

And Newman argued that Lipinski’s positions on a host of issues put him at odds with the majority of his constituents.

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