The Austin 100: Frances Quinlan As leader of Hop Along, Frances Quinlan exudes wiry energy. As a solo artist, she softens her arrangements into something spanglier and more synth-driven.
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The Austin 100: Frances Quinlan

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Frances Quinlan.

Julia Khorosilov/Courtesy of the artist

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Genre: Rock

Why We're Excited: As leader of Hop Along, Frances Quinlan exudes wiry energy: Her voice wavers at a grabby frequency that's well-suited to big, hard-driving guitars. As a solo artist, she softens her arrangements into something spanglier and more synth-driven as she writes thoughtfully about the pursuit of dialogue, understanding and connection. But that raw, emotive voice still applies tension and force to everything she touches.

Listen to Frances Quinlan's "Rare Thing"

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