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Review: Hopscotch Music Festival Day 2

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. Continue reading

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Hopscotch Announces 2011 Lineup! Flaming Lips and Guided By Voices To Headline.

The Hopscotch Music Festival has announced the lineup for this year’s festival and its a doozy. The festival, which takes place september 8-10 in downtown Raleigh will be headlined by psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips and newly reunited indie rock pioneers Guided By Voices. Other bands that will perform on the festival’s main stage include The Dodos, Drive By Truckers and local heroes Superchunk. In addition to the main stage, acts will perform in 11 other venues scattered around downtown Raleigh including King’s Barcade, The Pour House, Tir Na Nog and the Flether Opera Theater. Acts that will perform in these venues include Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis, Swans, Atlanta garage rockers The Black Lips, Twin Shadow, The Love Language, Lost in the Trees, Little Scream and Toto Y Moi. Check out the poster with the full lineup below.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now via the Hopscotch website. Ticket options include all show passes, passes to each night’s main stage performance and club show passes. For more information visit hopscotchmusicfest.com

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Telekinesis and The Love Language Wow Sold Out Crowd at Local 506

Sunday evening a capacity crowd gathered at  Local 506 in Chapel Hill to catch an excellent double bill featuring the Seattle based Telekinesis and local rising stars The Love Language.

Telekinesis were up first and treated the crowd to an hours worth of catchy, danceable pop songs. While on record most Telekinesis songs can be docile and sweet, in the live setting the songs transform into more aggressive pseudo-punk anthems. The set began with a run of songs off of the new album, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, including You Turn Clear In The Sun, I Cannot Love You, and album standout Please Ask For Help. About midway through the set singer/songwriter/drummer Michael Benjamin Lerner came out from behind the drum kit to play a few songs on acoustic guitar including a Teenage Fanclub cover.

Once Lerner returned to the drums, Telekinesis were joined on stage by Love Language frontman Stuart Mclamb who helped them cover Guided By Voices 1995 classic Game Of Pricks. To end the set the entire Love Language crew joined Telekinesis for Coast Of Carolina off of their debut album. The song quickly turned into one giant singalong and eventually turned into an absolute frenzy complete with band members playing in the audience and crowd surfing.  Telekinesis brought an energy that few live bands can match. If the evening would have ended after Telekinesis I doubt anyone in the venue would have minded. Continue reading

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