Festival Coverage

The Hopscotch Twittersphere

The time is now, and the place is Raleigh, North Carolina. Hopscotch is upon us, and even at this time it doesn’t quite feel real.

So what have you done to prepare? Have you printed out the PDF of the schedule? Have you scribbled your personal itinerary on it? Have you made sense of the vast incomprehensible network of day parties? Did you remember that you aren’t allowed to have backpacks in City Plaza?

All of those hints will get you somewhere, but you’re going to be completely lost if you aren’t following the right Twitter accounts.

Keeping on your Twitter game can make or break your Hopscotch experience. If there’s rain, it will keep you up to date on whether or not outdoor shows are getting delayed. If an act cancels at the last minute, you’ll know about the replacement before anybody. If Danny Brown is taking selfies with fans at the Sheraton bar (true story), you’ll be prepared to fill your phone with some jpegs you’ll never forget.

So let us guide you through a small taste of the accounts to follow, to bring order to the chaos of Hopscotch.

@hopscotchfest – Obviously. The Hopscotch social media has been on point this year, teasing the acts to come and keeping a steady flow of content. Get this account on your timeline for news straight from the source.

@WKNC881 – Obviously we’re going to be covering the festival from every corner we can work our way to. We’ve got numerous, hardworking tweeters posting pics of the best day parties and 

@NewRaleigh – Frequently updated and always informative, NewRaleigh is an excellent resource during Hopscotch. They’ve even been a guest on Carolina Grown in the past! Follow them to keep an eye out for Hopscotch news as it develops.

@currincy – One of the original brains responsible for Hopscotch. While he may be from this particular line of work, he’s probably going to be making lots of jokes. You don’t want to miss these jokes.

@Raleighbathroom – This account brings you the highest quality reviews of Raleigh bathrooms you can find anywhere on the internet. While that may be reason enough, the mysterious minds behind this account have gone all-out for Hopscotch in the past. They let you know which venues you want to take your pit stops at, as well as the ones where you may want to just hold it for a while. Accounts like these are the reason we should be thankful to live in the year 2014.

@Hopscotchpartyz – Probably the most fascinating of them all, Hopscotch Partyzzz is an enigma. The mysterious account appears to be no one, but makes fun of everyone. Their ruthless campaign to make jokes is about to kick into high gear once Hopscotch is full underway, and you probably don’t want to miss it.

This is clearly a tiny taste, but the multimedia climate we inhabit is in a constant state of flux and we must be aware. In other words, never stop keeping an eye out for the good tweets in unexpected places. You might be able to catch wind of a Merzbow day party in someone’s basement, or something like that.

Music News and Interviews

The Brewery to close

Music venue The Brewery, located on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, will hold its final show Friday, July 29. The show will feature Embracing Goodbye, Sent By Ravens and The Demonstration at 6 P.M.

Opened in 1983, The Brewery has hosted many big-name acts in its time, including Corrosion of Conformity, Black Flag and Jane’s Addiction.  AOL CityGuide dubbed The Brewery “City’s Best” in 2007 and 2008.

The venue announced via Twitter late Saturday night that the building was bought will be torn down.

Fans responded on Twitter by sharing stories and showing support for the venue:

“They took a chance on my band & treated us with respect. Thanks for all you did for the scene.”

“Metal shows just won’t be the same without The Brewery.”

“RIP The Brewery. one of the best music venues in NC. So many memories so many stage dives. You will be missed.”

“Had one last stage dive at The Brewery tonight. Greatest bloody nose of my life.”

“So sad the The Brewery is closing… Met my wife there and had some of the best memories.”

“thanks for giving hip hop a chance over the years when many other clubs in the area were afraid to…seriously.”

Music News and Interviews

SoundOff22 Wild Beasts/ The Rosebuds

This week on SoundOff we take a look at twitter’s impact on musicians, Trent Reznor and Karen O’s upcoming soundtrack work, and we review new albums by Wild Beasts and The Rosebuds.

Listen to episode 22.

Non-Music News

EOT02 Hillsborough Street 8/31/09

If you missed Monday’s episode of Eye on the Triangle, no need to fret!

Here’s a brief rundown of the segments for the week with a link for the podcast at the end (although you should definitely tune in live from here on out to listen to some exclusives like music clips throughout the show).

This week, Adam Compton interviewed Nina Szlosberg from the Hillsborough Street Partnership about the renovations project. For more information on the renovations, you can follow ninaszlosberg on Twitter.

Saja Hindi also interviewed Kevin Jennings, owner of Urban Food Group and of Frazier’s and Porter City Tavern on Hillsborough Street, about how the construction has been impacting the businesses during this already tough economic time.


Rachel Sloan interviewed an employee from Schoolkids Records, Eric Tschudi, about how the business is faring with the decline in record sales, even after its move on Hillsborough Street. Kelly Reid also previews Monday night’s Old Bricks show at Slim’s.


Mike Alston interviewed visual artist Ryan Cummings about his work, especially on the Hear Here compilation CD cover.


This week, we featured Logan Sayles, senior in graphic design and co-president of the Design Council. Sayles talked about the life of a design student, the projects he’s worked on and the notorious design school Halloween Bash. Also, check back here for photos Wednesday.


Caitlin Cauley interviewed students around campus and brought you audio clips of their answers to this week’s question: Do you use Twitter, and what do you think of it? The answers may be surprising to some.

And, as always, send in your comments, suggestions, gripes and complaints to We may even read your response live if you so desire.

Don’t forget to tune in again next Monday to WKNC 88.1 for Eye on the Triangle from 7 – 8 p.m. EST or listen online at

Listen to episode two.