Festival Coverage


If this is your first time dartying (day-partying) you are in for a treat this weekend. I will be guiding you to the best darties around town during HOPSCOTCH. This might be the best and only weekend of darties, so don’t play yourself. They are famous for providing an eclectic range of artists and genres for the fans that can not get enough of it at night. So below, thanks to HOPSCOTCH, is a list of all of the darties going on around town. (And dont miss our darty at LEGENDS from 1-3). Hope to see y’all there.

Hopscotch 2016 Makers MarketCommerce Place between Martin & Davie

Friday, Sept. 9 – noon to 5:30 p.m.
Natural Causes (1:30), Daniel Bachman (2:30), Palm (3:30), See Gulls (4:30)
More than 40 featured vendors

Saturday, Sept. 10 – noon to 5:30 p.m.
DJ Nick Neptune (12:30), Dirty Dub (1:30), Nervous Dupre (2:30), Stooges Brass Band (3:30), Kooley High (4:30)
More than 40 featured vendors


Boxcar Arcade + Bar:  noon – 8 p.m.
Sore Thumb Series // Indie Rock // Day 1
Savannah Valentino (1:00), She Returns From War (1:45), Say Brother (2:30), Secret Guest (3:15), Fk Mt. (4:00), Thayer Sarrano (4:45), Husband (5:30), MyBrother MySister (6:15), The Affectionates (7:00)
Sponsored by The Stereofly, Free-Times, 10 Foot Woody Records and Jam Room Studio
Free Sore Thumb Vol. 1 Compilation CD featuring a song from each artist while they last
Crank Arm Brewing Company: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Roost Frequency Recording Presents
The Lemon Sparks (1:00), The Kneads (2:00), The Bleeding Hearts (3:00)

Deep South the Bar: noon – 5 p.m.
Ultra Psychic Mega Monolith 
TELEP▲ THY Hopscotch Day Party @ Deep South the Bar.
Kabak (12:30), Mhymes (1:05), Yyen (1:40), Away Msg (2:15), Trandle (2:50); Drozy & Friends (3:25)

Kings: noon – 5:30 p.m.
Three Lobed Records + WXDU Present
Manas (Tashi Dorji & Thom Nguyen) (12:00), Sarah Louise (12:30), Mary Lattimore & Kid Millions (1:00), 75 Dollar Bill (1:40), Bill Nace (2:10), Watery Love (2:50), 75 Dollar Bill (3:30), Bachman – Toth Duo (4:00), Sarah Louise (4:40), Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore (5:05)

Foundation: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Merge Happy Hour

Legends Nightclub: 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
XTALS (12:30), Pie Face Girls (1:10), no smoking (1:40), TBA (2:20), Oak City Slums w/ P.A.T. Junior (2:40)

Neptune’s Parlour: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Party Illegal Presents:
Hubble (12:30) BITCHCRAFT (1:30), DJ PlayPlay (2:30), NeatFreak (3:30), Queen Plz (4:15)
Pour House: noon – 5 p.m.
Mir’s Empire and K97.5 Presents
Cayenne (12:30), Cypher University (1:00), Lazarus (1:30), Nance (2:00), Shame (2:30), Mosca Flux (3:00), Ace Henderson (3:30), Well$ (4:00), Deniro Farrar (4:30),
DJ Wade Banner & DJ RNB, Hosted by

Raleigh Roadhouse: noon – 5 p.m.
Kristen Abigail Collective Presents
Eric Paul (12:00), Foxture (1:00), Castle Wild (2:00), Animalweapon (3:00), Hectorina (4:00), YOUMA (5:00),
Sponsored by Bunn DJ Company

Ruby Deluxe: noon – 5 p.m.
Full of Spiders: Bad Grrrl and Egghunt Records Day Party
Feral Conservatives (12:00), Headless Mantis (1:00), Manatree (2:00), Clair Morgan (3:00),
Avers (4:00)

Schoolkids Records: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Nevernauts (1:00), Dick Richards (2:00), Second Husband (3:00), The Eyebrows (4:00), Happy Abandon (5:00)

Slims Downtown: noon – 5:30 p.m.
Churchkey & The Layabout present “¡Que Viva!”
The Dry Heathens (12:15), KONVOI (1:00), Scanners (1:45), The Nude Party (2:30), Drag Sounds (3:15), shirlette ammons (4:00), The Dry Heathens (4:45)
Sponsored by The Blotter, Bull City Records


Crank Arm Brewing Company: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Roost Frequency Recording Presents
Oatmeal Conspiracy (1:00), Drling (2:00), Coytah (3:00)

Boxcar Arcade + Bar: 2 p.m – 8 p.m.
Sore Thumb Series // Hip-Hop // Day 2
DJ Set playing classic hip-hop (2:00), Preach Jacobs (3:30), H3R0 (4:30), Grand Prize Winners From Last Year (5:30), Preach Jacobs DJ Set (6:30)
Sponsored by The Stereofly, Free-Times, 10 Foot Woody Records and Jam Room Studio
Free Sore Thumb Vol. 1 Compilation CD featuring a song from each artist while they last

Berkeley Cafe: noon – 6 p.m.
The 6th Annual Guitartown Hopscotch Day Party Sponsored by Brüeprint 
Brothers Grim (acoustic) (12:00), Sara Bell (1:00), Melissa Swingle Duo (2:00), Texoma (3:00), J Chris Smith and Marc E. Smith (4:00), Mike June (5:00)

Deep South the Bar: noon – 5 p.m.
Cardigan Records Day Party
Dogs Eyes (12:20), Greaver (1:10), Lazarus Wilde (2:00), Youth League (2:50), Pleasures (3:40), Professor Toon (4:30)

Kings: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Orange County Social Club & Third Uncle Records featuring Merge Records present:
Sneaks (1:30), Honey Radar (2:30), Rock *A* Teens (3:30), Birds of Avalon (4:30)
Neptune’s Parlour: noon – 5 p.m.
Orange County Social Club & Third Uncle Records featuring Merge Records present:
Boogie Reverie (1:00), Shelles (2:00), Faults (3:00), Queen of Jeans (4:00)
Person Street Bar: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Zack Mexico (1:00), The Trousers (2:00), Grand Champeen (3:00), Benji Hughes (4:00)
Sponsored by Southern Wine & Spirits and Raleigh Rum

Pour House Music Hall: noon – 5 p.m.
Younger Brother Productions Presents
Downstairs: Seabreeze Dinner (12:00), Echo Courts (1:00), Gray Young (2:00), No Eyes (3:00), Zack Mexico (4:00)                                                                                                                                                                               Upstairs: Flash Car (12:45), The Summer Life (1:45),Vacant Company (2:45), Happy Abandon (3:45)

Raleigh Roadhouse: noon – 5 p.m.
Kristen Abigail Collective Presents
Raid the Quarry (12:00), Sean Thomas Gerard (1:00), Dragmatic (2:00), Mike Blair & the Stonewalls (3:00), LAIRS (4:00), The Antique Hearts (4:30)
Sponsored by Bunn DJ Company

Ramble Supply Co: noon – 5 p.m.
Kristen Abigail Collective Presents
Jesse Stockton (12:00), Texoma (1:00), DRISKILL (2:00), Ellis Dyson & the Shambles (3:00), Catie King (4:00), Parallel Lives (5:00)
Sponsored by Bunn DJ Company

Ruby Deluxe: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pabst Showcase curated by Claire Ginn
ZZ Corpse (11:00), Ouroborus Boys (12:00), DIP (1:00), The Nude Party (2:00), Dirty Fences (3:00), Nest Egg (4:00)

Schoolkids Records: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
He Who Walks Behind The Rows (1:00), Horseskull (2:00), Gross Reality (3:00), Toke (4:00), Wailin Storms (5:00)

Slim’s Downtown: noon – 6 p.m.
Spazzscotch + Jack the Radio Present
Other Colors (12:15), Maple Stave (12:50), Wild Fur (2:00), The Charming Youngsters (2:35), Jack the Radio (3:10), Ghostt Bllonde (3:45), The Backsliders (4:20), Wing Dam (4:55)

Tactile Workshop (1001 S. Saunders St.): noon – 5 p.m.
Tactile Workshop x Good Times Assurance Co. Present: The Hopscotch Oasis                                                         DJ Nayfong (12:00 PM), Brassious Monk (1:30 PM), Just Archie (2:30 PM), Pie Face Girls (3:30 PM) Vacant Company (4:30 PM)

Trophy Brewing (656 Maywood Ave.): 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
5th Annual Phuzz Day Party
Shadowgraphs (2:00), Drag Sounds (3:00), Body Games (4:00), The Tills (5:00)


Pour House Music Hall: 1:30 p.m. –

Pour House Presents: The Day After 1:30-5:30
Zigadoo Moneyclipos (2:00), Tangible Dream (3:00), Eno Mountain Boys (4:00), Zephyranthes (5:00), Curtis Eller’s American Circus (6:00), Ancient Cities (7:00), Absent Lovers (8:00), The Everymen (9:00)

Slims Downtown: noon – 5 p.m.
Slim’s Hopscotch Hangover 7
The Vibekillers, S. E. Ward, The Everymen, Grand Champeen

Cruise One

Festival Coverage

Phuzz Records Dissolves Relationship with Twelve Thousand Armies

From Phuzz Records:

It is with much deliberation that myself and my partner in Phuzz Records have made the decision to sever ties with Twelve Thousand Armies, whose new album was released on our label two weeks ago.

Two months after signing a contract with Justin Williams, the songwriter performing under the name Twelve Thousand Armies, and days before the album’s release date, a red flag was raised against Justin by a local record store owner suggesting a history of violence against women. As we were unsure of how to proceed with the information at our disposal, the record was released as scheduled, however our recent discussion with primary sources new to us has led us to see no alternative to ending our professional relationship with Twelve Thousand Armies and Justin Williams.

As a new, small and self-funded record label, canceling a record into which we’ve invested significant money and energy translates to a complete and total loss. While we agreed to put the album out because of our love for music, we feel that new information has made this decision the only one we can make in good conscience.

Because of past interactions with Justin, we were aware that he struggled with alcohol abuse, however, we were completely shocked by the depth of allegations against him by numerous individuals. Regardless of any legal documents available or unavailable to us regarding Justin’s history, we do not condone any sort of violent behavior, and cannot in good faith continue promoting the album.

This is not a condemnation of Justin as a human being. We wish no ill will toward him, believing that hate can only breed more hate. We also believe in the power of redemption for people willing to take steps in that direction. We hope Justin and his family can have a peaceful future, but are unable to continue being involved with Justin in a professional capacity.

Additionally, we have decided to make a donation in the amount of $500 to Family Services, our local domestic violence women’s shelter. This equals the amount of money we have recouped from our investment in the record thus far. We realize this does little to ease the pain of the millions of women who are physically abused each year, but we hope to raise awareness about this serious and pervasive issue. We also hope to take steps towards making amends with anyone who may have been offended by our original decision to release this album.

Philip Pledger / Phuzz Records

Festival Coverage


Mount Moriah, Ex-Cult, The Tills, Skullcollector, and Dark Prophet Tongueless Monk.

Band/Artist Profile Local Music


Estrangers is a five-piece hailing from Winston-Salem, NC consisting of Philip Pledger on vocals and guitar, Mike Wallace on Guitar, David-Todd Murray on keyboards, Nathan H. Bedsole on bass, and Drew Braden on drums.  The fuzz-pop quintet formed in the summer of 2011.  By November, they had released their debut effort Black Ballroom and had opened for Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Titus Andronicus.  Their bright, washed-out pop was reminiscent of older days.  After a period of indecision and a few lineup changes, they were back with their follow-up Sunmelt EP.  This effort found them exploring more into a psychedelic side of their lo-fi pop sound.

Their latest LP, Season of 1000 Colors, was released last summer as their first release of their newly founded label Phuzz Records.  This album really finds Estrangers nailing down their sound.  Season features more polished production then their last two outings, but still maintains their earnest, fuzzy pysch-pop tunes.  The album is a melodic wash of bright pop comprised of huge melodies, complimented by fuzzy guitars and synths grounded by thundering drums and bass.  Through and through, their first full-length is a brilliant album that picks you up on the first listen and has enough layers to keep bringing you back.

Philip Pledger not only serves as the singer and guitarist of Estrangers but also as the founder and co-director of Phuzz Phest.  Phuzz Phest is an annual music festival that is now in its 4th year that takes place in downtown Winston-Salem.  The festival works to bring some of the best local acts as well as some great local acts in for a weekend long festival.  This year during the first weekend in April, Phuzz Phest brings No Age, Kool Keith, Jessica Lea Mayfield, White Fence, Diarrhea Planet, Mount Moriah, Ex Hex, The Love Language and over 40 more incredible acts to Winston-Salem for an insane weekend that will now also feature a coffee conference and afterparties. Check out their website for the full schedule and more information.

With Phuzz Phest right around the corner, Estrangers is hitting the road again with some new songs before they return home to play Phuzz Phest.  Tune in to WKNC at 7pm on Wednesday March 12th to hear an interview with the band before their show at Kings that night!

Check out their video for “Cape Fear" here!

3/12 Kings Barcade (Raleigh) with Eston & The Outs, Flash Car

3/13 The Gold Bar (Baltimore) with Infinite Honey, Joy Classic

3/14 The Gutter (Brooklyn) with IYEZ

4/04 Phuzz Phest (Winston-Salem)