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Durham’s Toon and the Real Laww helped kick off the 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival with their performance opening for De La Soul at City Plaza. Listen to their conversation with Walter-Ego before the big show.

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Hopscotch 2014 performers Breathers chatted with WKNC’s Walter-Ego from our live broadcast in Wristband City. Here their conversation below and be sure to subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss any of our great interviews.

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WKNC’s Walter-Ego interviewed Museum Mouth during the 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival.  Check out the interview below and on our iTunes podcast! Check back for more interviews later this week.

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PJ Sykes of Hoax Hunters swung by the Hopscotch live broadcast table to talk a bit about balancing being in a rock band with being a rock photographer, the Richmond scene, and defending the architectural quality of his favorite building in Richmond. The band rocked the Negative Fun Day Party at Legends later that week.

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Karl Kuehn, known across the N.C. music scene as front man/drummer of Museum Mouth and “almost rapper” OK McQueen, recently released new material under his new project, Family Bike. The duo stopped by Wristband City for a quick interview on the eve of their debut show at the Negative Fun Records Day Party.

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A few hours before Boston rockers Krill played to a packed King’s Barcade at Hopscotch, they dropped by our live broadcast table for an interview.

They chatted about the Boston music scene, how it compares to the Triangle scene, whether or not it’s fair to compare music scenes, the new video for their song ‘Turd,’ and where their lyrics fit into the canon of the band Pile. They also divulged some details on their upcoming album, and the positive new direction Krill’s headed in.

For a taste of the future of Krill and the hottest eyewear fashions, look no further than this interview.

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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.

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Hopscotch Artist Profile: Sun Araw

One of my favorite parts of Hopscotch are the surprises each year. In the past, I never expected someone like harsh noise legend Merzbow to play in a place like Raleigh, or to discover the then-relatively-unknown Oneohtrix Point Never way back in 2011, two years before he made it big as an artist/internet troll. The pleasant obscurity I didn’t see coming this year wound up being Sun Araw.

The solo project of former Magic Lantern member Cameron Stallones, Sun Araw sounds like jumping into a cyber pool of jello and floating in it. Stallones fuses elements of old-school, 60’s psychedelia and contextualizes it in the retro future.

Like a lot of people, my first exposure to Sun Araw was in the 2012 video game Hotline Miami. Developed by Jonatan Söderström (a developer most well known for creating Adult Swim games), it was a fast-paced journey through the mind of a man under mind-control drugs as he wages war on the mob in 1980’s Miami. Its eerie, lo-fi atmosphere was complimented by its psychedelic electronic soundtrack. The first thing you encounter when starting up is this start menu, set to Sun Araw’s Horse Steppin’. He sets the stage for a wicked fever dream experience.

On Saturday, September 6th, you can experience Sun Araw’s wicked fever dream yourself. He takes the stage at Slim’s for a dimly-lit, intimate performance that should unsettle you, but in a good way. I’m looking forward to having another Hopscotch memory as unique as having my bones rattled at Merzbow. 

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Hammer No More The Fingers in the WKNC Lounge

Hammer No More The Fingers has been a mainstay of the Triangle music scene for years, and they show no sign of stopping. Their last release of new material was the single Kaplox, and they group came by the WKNC Lounge to perform it live.

HNMTF will take the stage at Cat’s Cradle on February 7th for the first night of Double Barrel Benefit 11, right after T0W3RS and before The Love Language end the night.

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Hopscotch Must-Sees: Big Black Delta

This is a personal artist spotlight on Big Black Delta by Walter-Ego for Hopscotch.

Like many others right now, I’m a little obsessed with the neo-80’s aesthetic. You can blame stylized Ryan Gosling movies or retro video games with thumping electro soundtracks, but there’s nothing quite like the sound of a cheesy John Carpenter synth. Luckily, Big Black Delta is in the Hopscotch lineup to scratch that itch.

Channeling the same kind of 80’s synthpop that Com Truise and Makup & Vanity Set do, Big Black Delta is the project of Mellowdrone frontman Jonathan Bates. Having worked with artists like M83, Bates isn’t afraid to make his own brand of space rock loud and violent. The samples and beats are bombastic enough to fill a cathedral of Robocops. The characteristics of his music translate perfectly into his vibrant live show, sporting multiple drummers and Bates’ own moves syncing with each dark pulsing thump. Look no further than the video for Side of the Road, as Bates’ dances across a cyber landscape and his band takes turns derezzing.

When Big Black Delta takes the stage of Memorial Auditorium on September 6th, it’s definitely going to be one of my highlights of an already excellent lineup.

Favorite Track: “Side of the Road” on Big Black Delta

Playing: Memorial Auditorium, September 6th, 10:00PM