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photo: Phil Cook @ Hopscotch 2015 (more by Kenneth Bachor)
Phil Cook

One of the shows we made sure not to miss at this year's Hopscotch Fest in North Carolina, was the all-local bill that featured Megafaun's Phil Cook and many others at Fletcher Opera Theater. It was the record release show for Phil's new solo album, Southland Mission, which is out now via Thirty Tigers. You saw the pics. One reviewer wrote:

I've seen Cook onstage dozens of times over the years, and the take-away memory is always the same: all the smiling faces alongside him. It does not seem to be possible to have a bad time playing music with Cook, who gives off a contagious sense of goofy joy.

Fronting an expanded ensemble including Sylvan Esso's Amelia Meath on backup vocals (and brother Brad on bass, of course), Cook preesented the ambitious roots-music travelogue that is "Southland Mission." The album evokes beer-soaked honky-tonks, folk-festival campgrounds, and even churches. When Cook stripped everything down to just voices and his guitar for some gospel singing, it was chill-inducingly beautiful.

Learn more about the process and collaborators that made the new album happen in the 20 minute documentary you can watch below.

Phil's next show is 9/23 at Rough Trade in Brooklyn. Tickets to that show, which fellow NC artist The Dead Tongues is opening, are still available, and all tour dates are listed below...

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photos by Kenneth Bachor

X / Godflesh / Chelsea Wolfe
Hopscotch Festival 2015
Hopscotch Festival 2015
Hopscotch Festival 2015

Right before [Dwight] Yoakam was one of my all-time favorite bands, X, the great Los Angeles punk quartet that has endured many travails over the last four decades. The latest is that guitarist Billy Zoom is battling cancer and unable to tour, so Texas roadhouse guitarist Jesse Dayton filled in this time around.

There's no replacing Zoom's maniacal rockabilly blare, of course, but Dayton managed a fine approximation. D.J. Bonebrake remains a machine on drums, and John Doe and Exene Cervenka's vocal harmonies still cut to the bone.

It was punk-rock bliss, and not just for those of us of a certain age. I was heartened to see actual little kids jumping up and down to the old folks' boogie. [David Menconi for News Observer]

Hopscotch Festival wrapped up on Saturday (9/12) after two other days. The outdoor show at City Plaza this time had long-running country singer Dwight Yoakam and punk legends X, with support from The Vibekillers and American Aquarium. After that show, we headed to various downtown Raleigh venues to catch Godflesh, Waxahatchee, Chelsea Wolfe, Prurient, Wovenhand and Black Clouds.

Check out pictures of day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE, and more of day 3 below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch Festival 2015 day 3 in pics: X, Godflesh, Dwight Yoakam, Prurient, Chelsea Wolfe, Waxahatchee & more"

photos by Kenneth Bachor

TVOTR / Roky Erickson / Moon Duo
Hopscotch Festival 2015
Hopscotch Festival 2015
Hopscotch Festival 2015

The second day of Raleigh, NC's Hopscotch Festival happened on Friday (9/11) after kicking off on Thursday with plenty more great shows around the city's downtown area. We caught TV on the Radio, Tycho and Carlitta Durand a the outdoor City Plaza, and then headed to a few different venues to catch psych legend Roky Erickson, rapper Pusha T, Moon Duo, Mitski, Nots and Natural Causes.

More day 2 pictures below...

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photos by Kenneth Bachor

Mac McCaughan / Jenny Hval / Battles / Ought @ Hopcotch Fest 9/10/2015
Mac McCaughan Hopscotch Festival 2015
Hopscotch Festival 2015
Hopscotch Festival 2015
Hopscotch Festival 2015
Hopscotch Festival 2015

The music spilled into the streets of downtown Raleigh Friday evening along with thousands of visitors from all over the country ready to dance, eat, and spend money at the Hopscotch Music Festival.

"So far so good. It's a great turnout," said organizer Travis Janovich.

It has become one of the biggest weekends of the year for the Busy Bee Cafe. Owners threw a day party to get people in their doors even earlier.

"It is a huge boom to our business for sure. We buy a ton of extra beer. We bring in a ton of extra staff and a lot of extra food," said co-owner Chris Powers.

More than 20,000 people are expected in downtown over the course of the weekend. Restaurants and bars plan to be packed through Sunday.

"It's an all-hands-on-deck type of situation," said Powers. - [WTVD]

The three-day 2015 edition of Hopscotch Festival kicked off Thursday (9/10) in downtown Raleigh, NC. The outdoor City Plaza stage hosted Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Ought, after which the action moved to a variety of nearby venues, clubs and bars for such acts as Battles, Jenny Hval, Mac McCaughan, Dorthia Cottrell, Bully and more.

Hopscotch wraps up tonight (9/12) with sets from Dwight Yoakum, punk legends X, plus Owen Pallet, Godflesh, and more. We'll have more from the rest of the fest soon, and more pictures from Hopscotch Day 1 below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch Festival 2015 day 1 in pics: Battles, Godspeed, Mac McCaughan, Jenny Hval, Ought, Dorthia Cottrell & more"


Bay Area "repeat-o rock" unit Moon Duo, who toured through NYC in March supporting their new album, will be back out for a few more US dates following North Carolina's Hopscotch Fest (which has yet to reveal its lineup). Those include another NYC stop, this time at Baby's All Right on September 12. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/8) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below...

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As you may know, hip hop veterans De La Soul have been celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Part of that celebration included giving away their entire catalog for free download this past January, which they've since won the Artist of the Year Webby Award for. They're also playing a number of tour dates this year, including a 25th anniversary celebration in NYC on July 16 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/2) at 10 AM with Live Nation and Music Geeks presales (password: "musicgeeks") on sale now. All dates are listed below.

De La Soul will also headline a Hopscotch Festival main stage show in Raleigh City Plaza on Thursday, September 4 with support from Toon & The Real Laww. That's ahead of main stage shows from Spoon, St. Vincent and Lonnie Walker on 9/5 and Mastodon, Death and Valient Thorr on 9/6, and the first time in Hopscotch's five years that they're having three main stage shows. 3-day passes are still available.

Speaking of rappers who have been on Gorillaz albums, Deltron 3030 are among the artists playing free Celebrate Brooklyn shows this year. Talib Kweli is playing one too.

Speaking of Gorillaz, Damon Albarn is playing solo shows this year, including Governors Ball and a Governors Ball afterparty at Irving Plaza which is on presale (password: "govballnyc") now.

All dates are listed, with a stream of De La Soul's Smell the D.A.I.S.Y mixtape (with beats by J Dilla), below...

Continue reading "De La Soul won a Webby, touring, playing Irving Plaza, headlining Raleigh City Plaza during Hopscotch (dates)"

Sannhet in Raleign for Hopscotch last year (more by Karen A Mann)

"Hopscotch Music Festival is celebrating its 5th Anniversary this September, 4-6. Featuring more than 160 bands over 3 days in downtown Raleigh, Hopscotch is increasingly recognized for adventurous lineups, incredible performances, and a fan-friendly atmosphere. From a large outdoor main stage in Raleigh City Plaza to intimate club shows, the festival offers music in almost every genre imaginable--rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, drone, electronic, etc.--and its schedule highlights this diversity each year."
Tickets for Hopscotch 2014 will go on sale Saturday, March 1.

In 2013 we caught both Sleep and Pig Destroyer at the fest which is not afraid to throw some metal into the mix. Stay tuned for the 2014 lineup, and meanwhile get excited for the Merge Festival which is happening this year in North Carolina too.

photos by Karen A. Mann, words by Doug Moore,

Gorguts @ Hopscotch Festival - 9/6/13

Reports continue to trickle in from Raleigh, N.C.'s Hopscotch Festival. The metal marched on during Friday (9/6) night with an extremely intimate set at Slim's, featuring Pig Destroyer, Gorguts, Vattnet Viskar, and Brooklyn's own Sannhet. Slim's has a capacity of just 100 people, and either Pig Destroyer or Gorguts could easily have sold the place out.

For Gorguts, the Hopscotch show was part of their short tour, which has come to a close, but they recently told us on the Invisible Oranges East Village Radio show that they're planning some more dates for the end of the year, and they're also confirmed for Maryland Deathfest 2014. Their new album, Colored Sands, is out now and can be streamed below (via Revolver).

Pig Destroyer also recently debuted a new song via Adult Swim. They'll be at Hudson, NY's two-day Basilica Sound Scape festival this Friday (9/13) with Pharmakon, Richard Hell (reading), Evian Christ, Julianna Barwick, and more. Tickets for both days are still available.

In case you missed them, we also posted pictures of ASG and Golden Void's Hopscotch show. More of Pig Destroyer/Gorguts at Invisible Oranges, and below...

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Spider Bags at Hopscotch 2011 (more by Alex Broadwell)
Spider Bags

North Carolina garage rockers Spider Bags are set to head out on a tour supporting fellow NC band Superchunk later this month, which hits NYC on September 27 and 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Both of those shows are sold out, but you'll have another chance to catch Spider Bags in NYC when they headline the smaller Cameo Gallery on September 25. Opening the show is fellow friends of Titus Andronicus Liquor Store. Tickets for the Cameo show are on sale now.

Before Spider Bags head out with Superchunk, they'll play hometown festival Hopscotch, which is currently underway. They play a free Churchkey Records day party today (9/6) at Slim's Downtown with another Titus fave The Everymen, Queens rockers The Beets (who have upcoming NYC shows) and more. Full schedule for today's party below.

Speaking of Titus Andronicus, who we just caught in Chicago, frontman Patrick Stickles recently announced that their next album would be a 30+ song rock opera, which is expected to be released in November 2014. The album is currently available for pre-order, but will be refunded "in the event of Titus Andronicus breaking up or something." Check out a video of the band playing one of its songs, "Fatal Flaw," at a recent show, below.

All Spider Bags dates are listed, along with that Titus video and a song stream from Spider Bags' 2012 LP, below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch underway in NC; Spider Bags playing Brooklyn show before Superchunk shows"


The Rosebuds are one of the many acts announced for this year's Hopscotch Music Festival which happens in Raleigh, NC from September 5 - 7. Their performance there will be a special one, as they'll be performing their version of Sade's Love Deluxe album in full. Three-day Hopscotch wristbands are on sale now. If you haven't heard their version of Sade's album, you can stream it below or download it for free.

Right after Hopscotch, The Rosebuds will head north for a short East Coast tour, where they'll also be doing Love Deluxe, including a stop in NYC at Mercury Lounge on September 12. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (5/3) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

In other Rosebuds news, the band have contributed a new song to the accompanying soundtrack DC Pierson's young adult novel Crap Kingdom. The soundtrack also includes new, original songs from Ted Leo, Jean Grae, Free Energy, Advance Base and more. You can download the whole thing for free here and stream it below.

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One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.

Continue reading "Hopscotch announces 2013 lineup (Big Boi, Sleep, Spiritualized, Kurt Vile, Wolf Eyes, John Cale, more)"

Flock of DimeS

The 2012 Hopscotch independent music festival is underway in venues all across Raleigh, NC. Shows happen at night, and during the day. One such example of the latter is a show BrooklynVegan is co-presenting TODAY (9/7) at Pour House (Noon - 5:45PM, 21+, FREE). And it looks like this:

4:50PM - 5:30PM - Flock of Dimes (Jenn from Wye Oak)
3:45PM - 4:35PM - Field Report (Chris Porterfield of DeYarmond Edison)
2:45PM - 3:25PM - Odonis Odonis
1:50PM - 2:30PM - Dope Body
1:00PM - 1:35PM - Made of Oak (Nick from Megafaun)
12:15PM - 12:45PM - White Life
The lineup is a bit of a Baltimore/North Carolina/Wisconsin family affair, headlined by Flock of Dimes which you'll remember is the project of Jenn Wasner from Wye Oak. And like Wye Oak (who also play Hopscotch0, Flock of Dimes is now signed to North Carolina label Merge....
On September 25, Merge will release "Curtain" b/w "Apparition,"the second in a series of 7-inch singles from Flock of Dimes, the solo project of Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner. Limited to 1,000 copies, each 7-inch includes a download coupon for both tracks.

Jenn launched Flock of Dimes in 2011 as a way to explore more experimental recording and songwriting outside of the burgeoning success of Wye Oak. A tour opening for Sharon Van Etten followed, and a debut 7-inch, "Prison Bride" b/w "I Can't Tell You Why (screwed mix)," was released by Baltimore-based Friends Records in April of 2011. There are more singles planned as part of this series, but a full-length is not yet on the horizon.

"These two songs function as a pair of opposites: 'Curtain' documents the thoughtless, obsessed joy of new love, whereas 'Apparition' attempts to catch sight of the ghosts it leaves behind in the wake of its absence," says Jenn.

Produced and realized with the help of Mickey Free, "Curtain" b/w "Apparition" features a beautiful cover photograph by Matthew Yake<./blockquote>If you're in NC, stop by today. Listen to "Curtain" by Flock of Dimes, along with a reminder of Wye Oak's upcoming tour dates (which will hit Maxwell's & MHOW), below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch is underway in NC (come to our day party today); Flock of Dimes releasing 7" on Merge"

The dB's

Like their Hoboken neighbors The Feelies, The dB's tend to be homebodies, not touring much -- even with a new album out, their first in 25 years. (Their last show was a record release party last month at Le Poisson Rouge.) But they do play locally, which is great for those of us in the NYC area. The dB's next show is at Maxwell's on Saturday, September 1 and tickets for that show are on sale now.

The only other dB's show listed at the moment is September 6 at the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC (which is also a hometown show for singer Chris Starney). A few recent live performance videos, which you can watch below, find the band in fine form.

Also below is video from The AV Club's "Undercover" series of The Spinto Band covering dB's singer Chris Stamey's 1977 single "The Summer Sun" on a Chicago rooftop.

Continue reading "The dB's playing Maxwell's before Hopscotch Music Fest"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Holograms - Chasing My Mind (MP3)


Stockholm, Sweden's Holograms will release their self-titled debut via Captured Tracks on July 10. The band will be in North America in late summer, stopping at Mercury Lounge on September 4 before heading to the Hopscotch Music Festival (Sept 6 - 8) in Raleigh, NC. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on AmEx presale today at noon with general on-sale Thursday (6/21) at noon.

With bleating synths, jagged guitar lines and the occasional skronky sax, Holograms is angry, attitude-heavy post punk that doesn't skimp on the hooks. (Fans of early Bunnymen and Iceage take note.) You can download "Chasing My Mind" at the top of this post and you can watch a couple videos at the bottom of this post.

While a full tour hasn't been announced, Holograms do have a few other North American dates in September scheduled, all of which are listed below.

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JAMC at The Fillmore, SF 6/14/2012 (via @Starflyerboy)
JAMC FIllmore

As we knew The Jesus & Mary Chain were heading to the East Coast (Osheaga in Montreal in August and Hopscotch in North Carolina in September), and various dates around Hopscotch have leaked, but we've been wondering when and if an NYC show might appear. Turns out there are two: the JAMC will play Irving Plaza on September 13 and 14. Tickets for the 9/13 and 9/14 shows go on sale Friday, June 22 at 10AM with a presale starting June 21 at 10AM. All currently known JAMC dates are listed below (more to be announced).

The Reid brothers played California last week, with a Stop at the Fillmore in San Francisco on 6/14. Here a bit of SF Weekly's (mostly) positive review:

Last night at the Fillmore, The Jesus and Mary Chain botched the beginning of three different songs, accidentally knocked over multiple microphone stands, and dropped many drum sticks. The Reid brothers, Jim and William, who comprise the group's core, bickered; additional guitarist John Moore was told to "shut up"; and the microphones fed back intermittently. Yet it was incredible how well all of this negativity suited the band.

The JAMC's aesthetic is marked by a duality that permeates every facet of its existence. Each hook is balanced with noise. Its catchiest tunes are usually the most depressing lyrically. During the band's set last night, this duality manifested itself in more than just the songs. Adorned in black blazers underneath minimal lighting, and enshrouded in gratuitous clouds of smoke, the group maintained a stoic attitude throughout the evening that was only broken by fits of frustration...

... The most upbeat tunes were followed by the most mournful, and activity on the sold-out dance floor degenerated into a bog of underwhelmed fun-seekers. Seemingly in a reaction to the morose pace of "Sidewalking," one attendee clambered on stage and began crawling. For the duration of the song's final verse, chorus, and outro, the woman slowly crawled her way from one side of the stage to the other, uninhibited, and looked decidedly cool doing it. A frenzied stage diver would not have had nearly the same effect. Anticipating the inevitable plunge and capture, she donned shades and plodded along with the perverse determination of a cult ritual. Like the tragic heroine in a JAMC lyric, she made a spectacle before self-destruction. [SF Weekly]

It's not a good JAMC show unless the band are on the brink of a fistfight. A few videos from the Fillmore show and the setlist are with the dates below.

Continue reading "The Jesus & Mary Chain add two NYC shows @ Irving Plaza, played San Francisco & other gigs in CA (setlist & dates)"

by Bill Pearis

The dB's

The dB's will release Falling Off the Sky, their first new album in 25 years, on June 12. It's the first in 30 years featuring the band's original line-up, including Chris Stamey who left the group after 1982's Repercussion. The album was produced by the band with help from North Carolina cohorts Mitch Easter (who was an auxiliary member of the band at SXSW this year) and Scott Litt. You can stream two songs from the album at the bottom of this post. You can stream the dB's four '80s-era albums at Spotify (Stands for deciBels and Repercussion are powerpop classics).

You can see The dB's play this Sunday afternoon (5/6, 4:45PM), headlining the annual Hoboken Arts & Music Festival. The fest is free, and happens on Washington St. between Observer Highway to 7th St. and also features Freedy Johnston, The Front Bottoms and more..

The dB's will also be playing a record release show at Le Poisson Rouge on Friday, June 15 and tickets go on sale today at noon. The band have a few more shows scattered throughout the summer and all dB's dates are below...

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photos by Alex Broadwell

Future Islands

Like Guided by Voices, manay bands (duh) played the 2nd annual Hopscotch Music Festival in North Carolina celebrated in early September. Here are some pictures of a few of the bands that I forgot to post earlier. They continue below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch Fest 2011 (belated pics)"

photos by Alex Broadwell


9:00 P.M., 9/9/2011 --Earlier this summer, it was announced that Guided By Voices's headlining stint at Hopscotch would mark the band's "final-ever" live performance. Strangely, the mood here at City Plaza is generally indifferent. I suspect that this might be because: a) people aren't convinced that this is really the end, being as this isn't GBV's first trip to the retirement home; b) people are beginning to accept that frontman Robert Pollard has reached Danny Glover-like levels of being "too old for this shit"; or c) going into the festival, the band didn't really play up the fact that this was going to be their final show. Whatever the case, the lo-fi legends don't appear to be bothered by the surprising lack of fanfare they're receiving. Assuming this really is the end, GBV might not have gone out with a bang, but they didn't exactly exit with a wimpier either." [Slant Magazine]
Some pictures from that North Carolina show are in this post. More of them below...

Continue reading "Guided by Voices played their final show (maybe, who knows) @ Hopscotch Fest (pics)"

photos & videos by Jessica Amaya

The Love Language @ The Rock Shop
The Love Language

The Love Language played The Rock Shop on Saturday (8/20) with Nightdogs and IYEZ. Pictures and videos from that show are in this post.

The show was one of a few for the Merge-signed headliner before they play Hopscotch Fest in Raleigh, NC this September. Hopscotch recently updated their lineup to include The Men, Hospitality, Fan Modine, and Dreamers of the Ghetto. The Light Pines, who were scheduled to play the fest, have broken up and had to drop off, and Apex Manor, who were also scheduled to play, cancelled all of their 2011 appearances, including Hopscotch. Rhys Chatham's Guitar Trio, playing the fest on September 8th with The Necks, J Mascis and Steve Gunn at Fletcher Opera Hall, has revealed its band lineup. You can check out the full schedule at Hopscotch's site and purchase Tickets there too.

More pictures and video from Brooklyn below...

Continue reading "The Love Language played the Rock Shop (pics), playing Hopscotch Fest (updated lineup)"

Hopscotch 2011

The second annual Hopscotch Festival will go down in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, across 12 different venues with over 135 bands, from September 8th through 10th. The lineup this year runs the gamut of independent music... from traditional indie staples (The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk) to southern-inflected rock (Drive-By Truckers) to noise (Prurient) to hip hop (Beans) to garage (Jeff The Brotherhood) to funk (Budos Band) to metal (Krallice), and everywhere in between (Swans, Rhys Chatham, etc etc). Tickets are currently on sale. Full lineup is below.

Hopscotch happens almost three months after Guided By Voices play a Brooklyn Northside Festival show in McCarren Park (tickets) which is one day after Beirut plays a Northside Festival show on the same McCarren Park stage with... Sharon Van Etten (though she may have been accidentally announced at one point, they officially kept her placement on the bill under wraps until after Saturday's Music Hall of Williamsburg show). Tickets for Beirut/SVE are still on sale, and another opener will be added too.

Guided by Voices (whose Brooklyn show also has more openers coming) are also playing Pitchfork in July with Animal Collective whose Prospect Park show is now on AmEx presale.

Swans' upcoming NYC show is now on AmEx presale too.

Hopscotch lineup below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch Fest returns to Raleigh (2011 lineup announced), Sharon Van Etten officially added to Northside Fest"

Public Enemy and Panda Bear

Hopscotch Music Fest will be happening at ten venues in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, September 9th-11th. The three-day fest's two headlining shows are Panda Bear & Broken Social Scene with The Rosebuds on September 10th, and Public Enemy with No Age & The Love Language on September 11th. Other acts at the fest include Tortoise, Akron/Family, Best Coast, Burning Star Core, Atlas Sound, Fucked Up, Harvey Milk, Lucero and 9th Wonder. The lengthy full list is below. Tickets are on sale now.

Panda Bear's only other tour date currently is at Pitchfork Music Fest on July 17th in Chicago.

Another person at the fest with only a handful of shows beforehand is songwriter Richard Buckner. As of now he has four gigs before Hopscotch in September, and one comes Saturday, April 17th at Union Hall in Brooklyn with Willy Vlautin of Richmond Fontaine. Tickets are on sale.

Richard Buckner hasn't had much in the way of news since three of his older records got reissued by this label Merge last year. He did stop by for a Daytrotter session that was posted March.

The list of bands at Hopscotch and Richard Buckner tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch Music Fest in North Carolina has Panda Bear, Public Enemy, BSS & Richard Buckner (who plays other dates first)"