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Festival Coverage

ShoeScotch

Forget the music. Forget the bands. Forget everything Hopscotch is about, and let’s look at what really matters. 

Shoes. 

That’s right, that’s all that matters this Hopscotching season. What the artists are wearing, what the audience is wearing, even what the sound technicians have going on. 

Let’s take a look at the different artists and their shoe of choice (or lack of) of Hopscotch 2015.

Lilac Shadows members sport a pair of dirty brown boots and some dad-core New Balances (all the rage in the indie-rock scene).

Mitski is caught with a pair of sleek black shoes, much like Puma brand but are highly unidentifiable. 

And the bassist from Leapling dazzles the crowd with her sparkling vans.

Jenny Hval chose a minimal look, opting for a simple pair of jazz shoes and other members went completely barefoot. 

A classic pair of white sneakers (keds or vans?) worn by Keath Mead.

River Whyless brought some of the Asheville mountains with them when three of their four members wore a variation of the hiking boot. 

And finally, a blurry horrible look at what I wore to Hopscotch. Some would say, “WHAT ARE THOSE??????” I’m very surprised I survived Hopscotch wearing these.

-DJ Duchess

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Festival Coverage

Thursday’s Hopscotch Photo Highlights

Ought – City Plaza

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor – City Plaza

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Grandma Sparrow – Kennedy Theatre

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TZYVYX – Neptune’s

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Lilac Shadows – Kings Barcade

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Chulo – CAM Raleigh

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Eyes Low – CAM Raleigh

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DJ Earl – Neptune’s

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Dad & Dad – Kings Barcade

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Sannhet – Lincoln Theare

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Fórn – Pour House

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Battles – Lincoln Theater

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Cashmere Cat – CAM Raleigh

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Concert Preview

18+/ Free Show 

Younger Brother Productions-WKNC 88.1-Tir na nOg present Local Band- Local Beer featuring:

9:30 Jazz Tapes

The live debut of Matt Guess’s alter ego and new side project. Exploring every angle of chill from hip-hop to Satriani samples, Jazz Tapes will be on everyone’s lips this summer. 

10:30 Lilac Shadows

Fresh off the heels of the 2/4 release of the highly anticipated full-length “No Dark/No Light”, Lilac Shadows bring a newly realized line-up and intensify their nouveau-psych driven tomes.

11:30 The White Cascade

In constant revolution, White Cascade returns to the stage after a brief hiatus from live performances with new songs and a leaner, more saccharine bent, eschewing their past for the much more interesting sun-drenched horizon of sonic exploration.

Be sure to tune in tonight at 5pm with DJ Kataclysm as she interviews the bands before their performance! 

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Playlists

Playlist: A Guide to DBBX

Double Barrel Benefit 10 is quickly approaching. If you haven’t had time to check out the bands yet, I have made a Spotify playlist that includes a couple of my favorite songs from each band (except for The Lollipops and Some Army who are not on Spotify). So please check them out so you can sing along with us at Double Barrel this weekend. As always, tune in to 88.1 WKNC to hear these artists as well as other great artists all day.

Check out the playlist here!

Here are the songs in the playlist in addition to some songs you should check out by the artists who are not on Spotify.

Night 1
Wolves by The Lollipops
I Love You by The Lollipops
Teenage Lions by Jenny Besetzt
Always by Jenny Besetzt
Rise by Lilac Shadows
Bloodworth by Lilac Shadows
I’ll Survive by JKutchma and the Five Fifths
There’s a Light on by JKutchma and the the Five Fifths

Night 2
Open Wide by Oulipo
Build It Up by Oulipo
Servant Tires by Some Army
We’ve Been Lucky by Some Army
Crying Only Counts the First Time by Wesley Wolfe
Crying/Laughing by Wesley Wolfe
Friday Night by Spider Bags
Simona La Ramona

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Concert Review

Miniature Tigers at Local 506, 9/11

This past weekend was packed with shows, due to Hopscotch Music Festival taking over downtown Raleigh.  Sunday, a day of rest for many who attended the festival, still had its fair share of great acts.  Cat’s Cradle was hosting two shows, at its own venue and at Local 506.  After a long day at work, I got on I-40 and headed out toward the other side of the Triangle.

Walking into the club from Franklin Street, I realized I made it just in time for Miniature Tigers’ first song.  The show started out strong, with great vocal lines atop a poppy, guitar-driven melody.  As the first couple of songs passed, the crowd seemed enthused.  About three or four songs in, the melodic pop started to become more synth-driven, and the crowd responded with some ridiculously nerdy and fun dance moves.  Toward the end of the 45-ish minute set, the band played their most popular song, Bullfighter Jacket, to which the crowd responded in a quite unexpected way: a small mosh pit started a few feet away from me.  Bizarre, right?  With a few more songs (including my personal favorite, Gold Skull, which was produced by Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo), the band finished up their set, played an extremely well received, two-song encore, and invited everyone in the audience to say hi at the merge booth.

Throughout the show, Charlie Brand, the singer and guitarist, was positive and happy.  He talked between songs about how Chapel Hill had become a sort of home away from home (which our station adviser can attest to…she’s seen the band seven or eight times!).  He also stated that the band was going to take a break to record and spend time with their families, and that this would be their last show for a while.  I think we have good things to look forward to from Miniature Tigers in a couple months; if they focus on keeping their sound interesting, I’m sure the new album will be well-received!

A few side-notes:  Local 506, as always, was great.  The ticket salesperson was friendly, and the sound was not muddled in the slightest.  Every instrument could be distinctly heard, even when standing right next to the  stage!  Though I didn’t get off work in time to see the opening bands, I heard promising things about both The Grapes’ indie rock and Lilac Shadows’ shoegaze pop.  From what my friends said, I think both bands have potential that hasn’t been realized yet.