Dodos (City Plaza)
The San Francisco based Dodos are best known for their beautiful and catchy indie rock that is usually based around an acoustic guitar. However, at Hopscotch the band put aside their acoustic instrumentation and put on one of the better rock n roll shows I have seen in a while. The songs off of their newest album No Color sounded great on the big speakers in city plaza and new songs found new life with the more “rocking” instrumentation.
Guided By Voices (City Plaza)
Right after Guided By Voices’ headlining set in City Plaza a friend pointed out that the band is pretty much a bar band. While it is easy to see how one could think that, fans of the band realized that they were seeing one of the most prolific songwriters of the 90’s perform his classic songs, possibly for the last time. Whether or not the band’s set ends up being the bands last, it was clear that they were playing like it was. Guided By Voices packed in songs like Gold Star For Robot Boy, Game Of Pricks and many other fan favorites into their all too brief set.
Swans (Fletcher Opera Hall)
It’s hard to hold a large crowd’s attention at a festival when there are ten other bands playing in other venues at the same time. For two hours the legendary genre-expanding band did just that. After opening with a 30-minute version of track No Words/No Thoughts the band filled the Fletcher Opera Hall with their abrasive yet beautiful songs.
Juliana Barwick (Fletcher Opera Hall)
If you would have walked into the Fletcher Opera Hall in the middle of Juliana Barwick’s set you would have been shocked to see that instead of a choir standing on stage singing these beautiful songs, it was just one woman. Barwick’s set full of vocal based ambient songs had much of the crowd sit in awe at what they were seeing and hearing.
Sir Richard Bishop (Fletcher Opera Hall)
The best part of a music festival is stumbling upon a set that you would normally not see and find something that is truly fantastic. Sir Richard Bishop’s set of complex guitar instrumentals was this for myself and many others in attendance. Bishop displayed both incredible technical skill as well as an ear for melodies.