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Hopscotch Music Festival Lineup Revealed

March 30, 2010


Folks have been trying to find out for months exactly who would be playing at Raleigh’s Hopscotch Festival.

Now, some things are coming to light with an expected official announcement coming tomorrow.

Headliners will be: Panda Bear (of Animal Collective), Broken Social Scene, The Rosebuds, No Age, Public Enemy and The Love Language.

Other bands rumored to be performing are Megafaun, , Future Islands, Gray Young, Caitlin Cary’s Small Ponds with Tres Chicas, Ben Frost, Ryan Gustafson, Max Indian, I Was Totally Destroying It, EAR PWR, Old Bricks and many, many others.

The festival will run from September 9th through 11th at nine venues around downtown Raleigh. Tickets are rumored to range from $30 for the individual larger shows, with incremental prices of $45 (all local venue shows), $85 (larger City Plaza and local venue shows) and $120 VIP passes that allow concert goers to avoid long lines and enjoy a pre-party with all your other indie rock loving scenesters.

Hopscotch is here at last...

Megafaun, Max Indian, American Aquarium, Caitlin Cary with Tres Chicas, Future Islands and Ryan Gustafson are some, among many, of the local acts that should not be missed.

Raleigh’s been ready for a festival of this magnitude and with bands of this quality for quite some time. Fantastic news to hear that it is finally coming to fruition. We can’t wait to hear the official announcement and full listing of all bands by the Hopscotch Festival folks this week. Best of luck getting those tickets, Hopscotchers.

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10 Gripes About Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade

December 16, 2009


Gripes about Rolling Stone's Top 100 Albums of the DecadeSo Rolling Stone recently published its 100 Best Albums of the Decade: The most important music of the 00’s as chosen by more than 100 artists, critics and industry insiders.  As few of you likely remember, I love lists.  Who doesn’t, really?

On top of that, I’ve actually enjoyed perusing many of Rolling Stone’s popular lists released as of late:  The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, etc.

Having said that, however, I’ve always delved in fully aware of how polarizing lists on such personal taste-based, subjective topics can be.  Who’s to say, after all, that one album is “better” or more “important” than another?  I mean, sure, we all could, but what does it really mean?  What should it mean?

In that same vein, I write now fully aware of just how sensitive and potentially meaningless the pursuit of disparaging such a list is.  Nevertheless, after taking a gander at the list in question here today, I felt I simply had no choice but to put my foot down.

You know, acknowledge that my taste in music really is more sound and respectable than these sheep; these poor, misguided fools that contributed to this horror of a list.

Make the jump for some elaboration on this — in, topical, list form, of course (and, yes, the video below is by all means a teaser).


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