Hopscotch Music Fest Happens This Week


More crucial indie
rock than you can shake a Flaming Lips mirror ball at.


By Fred Mills


Unless you’ve been under a rock the past few months you know
that this is the big week for the second annual Hopscotch festival, taking
place Sept. 8-10 at various venues in Raleigh,


Among the performers: headliners Flaming Lips, Guided By
Voices, Superchunk and Drive-By Truckers, along with Japandroids, the Dodos, J
Mascis, Black Lips, Toro Y Moi, Twin Shadow, Julianna Barwick, Cold Cave,
Oneohtrix Point Never, Ford & Lopatin, Swans, Yelawolf, Earth, Xiu Xiu, the
Love Language, Braids, Mount Eerie, Liturgy, the Body, Rhys Chatham G3, the
Foreign Exchange, Krallice, Beach Fossils, Jeff the Brotherhood, John
Vanderslice, Weekend, Lower Dens, Andrew Cedermark, Reading Rainbow,
Disappears, Beans, Sir Richard Bishop, Future Islands, Wooden Wand, Mouthus,
Prurient and Tyvek.



There’s a number of related events as well, such as the
HOOPscotch charity basketball game on Friday afternoon. Players will be culled
from various indie bands and proceeds will go to Raleigh’s Helping Hand Mission. Meanwhile, festival
co-sponsor Merge Records will be hosting a special Wild Flag listening party
also on Friday afternoon. Go to the official Hopscotch website for details
(they’ve also just unveiled an official mobile app for all you smartphone
wielders who are into “sharing”), as well as ticketing info. Note that 3-day
passes are already sold out but they still have individual passes for selected


We’ll be on hand cheering on our fave local and national acts
as well, so watch for our post-event coverage and photos early next week. Go
to read our report from last year’s Hopscotch.


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