Hard as it may be to believe, it's once again time for Hopscotch. One of my favorite festival happenings, Hopscotch is a mere hop, skip, and a jump or two from the DC metro in lovely Raleigh, North Carolina. For the past few years they've been reeling in some seriously impressive lineups, and this year looks to be no different. Thanks to scheduling conflicts, I won't be heading down for this year's sonic extravaganza, but (not at all surprisingly) I've got recommendations on who to check out if you're heading to the fest.
I'm always in favor of festivals that utilize their local scenes, and Hopscotch most certainly does that. Of course, the Triangle isn't exactly hurting for talent, and there's always plenty to take in. Beloved Binge is one such local outfit, and has a short drive from Durham to Raleigh for their festival appearance. I've found myself instantly smitten with their mix of sweetly wry jangle and artsy quirkiness, keeping it real whilst also keeping it fun. Definitely worth checking out.