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[FESTIVAL REVIEW] Hopscotch Music Festival 2011

The Flaming Lips

I arrived in Raleigh for the Hopscotch Music Festival around 10:45pm on Thursday night.  After rushing to pick up my wristband, I headed over to a club named White Collar Crime in time to see polarizing art-rockers Xiu Xiu.  By the time they were finished, I felt like I had a good handle on the weekend that lay ahead of me – I was in for three nights of big (but not too big) crowds with a healthy appetite for adventurous music.  Hopscotch is only in its second year, but it has the potential to become one of the country’s coolest music festivals.

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Hopscotch Festival has an insane lineup

Raleigh, NC’s Hopscotch Music Festival just announced its lineup, and this is definitely worth a road trip.  The festival takes place September 8-10, and the lineup is great mix of long-running experimental acts, rising indie bands, and old school indie rock royalty.  It’s a walking festival with a bunch of participating venues, but there are two “headlining” shows that take place outdoors on Friday and Saturday.  Friday’s big show is headlined by Guided By Voices (who are apparently done with the reunion thing after this fall), with Drive-By Truckers and The Dodos opening.  Saturday features The Flaming Lips, along with Superchunk and The Light Pines.  Tickets to both those shows can be bought separately, too.

Highlights for me are Rhys Chatham, Earth, JEFF the Brotherhood, Mouthus, Future Islands, Prurient, Swans, and Oneohtrix Point Never, but that’s really just the tip of the iceberg.  The lineup is loaded with great acts, many of which don’t tour all that heavily.

Don’t sleep on this one – VIP tickets sold out in a few hours, so I doubt regular passes last until September.

Full lineup after the jump.

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Music Reviews, Week of 5/12/2010 (part 2)

As promised, here’s part 2 for this week.  Below are reviews for the new album I chose that was outside of my traditional comfort zone (Circa Survive’s Blue Sky Noise) and an older album (Swans’ Children of God).

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