Raleigh, N.C. — Another Hopscotch is in the books, Raleigh. Lots of high moments this year, but, sadly, I was one of the unfortunate souls to have their Friday night schedule crushed with the late arrival of Erykah Badu and hour delay for Young Thug.
Regardless, there were a few highs I was glad I did not miss.
Prior to the show, I read a few articles about how Andrew Bird has gone too mainstream with his recent stuff. I honestly felt like I had to see him, and I was glad I did. The show was incredibly high energy, with Bird switching between violin, guitar, whistling and singing.
The crowd was energetic and vocal. I was glad I did not miss this performance. The only disappointment was leaving early to try to catch Rainbow Kitten Surprise at Pour House only to wait for a full hour and never get in.
I wish I would have stayed for this whole set.
This local duo from Durham killed as the Saturday night headliner in City Plaza. They dolled out an energetic and super fun set complete with older and newer songs. It was hard to believe they had not headlined in the past, and this gave me a lot of hope for local headliners in the future. There is something simply magical about seeing a huge crowd sing along to a local act.
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This band from Leesburg, Virginia absolutely rocked CAM. This set came, for me, on Friday night after a few disappointments in the lineup and schedule, so it was a welcome comfort when they lived up to the hype. The live show contained a bit more angst that the albums I’ve listened to, but they definitely made it work.
After recommending Mutoid Man as one of the top 10 rock and indie bands to see this year, I am happy to report the live show was nothing short of amazing.
I stand by all of my statements concerning, Steve Brodsky’s insane vocal abilities, which are even more outstanding live. Drummer Ben Koller, also the drummer for Converge, another Hopscotch 2016 band, brought lots of energy as well. It was literally difficult not to push your way to front of the venue for complete and total immersion.