I've been to a festival or two in my day, and while all have been enjoyable, not many come close to capturing the magic of Hopscotch. Around since 2010, this warm and welcoming festival in the warm and welcoming city of Raleigh, NC, keeps getting better and better. The lineup always features big names, buzzy names, names you probably haven't heard yet, and names you soon won't be able to get out of your head. I'm absolutely crushed not to be going this year, but have many suggestions about who to see if you're lucky enough to be heading down 9/8-10. And even if you're not going either, give these folks a listen.
One thing Hopscotch has always been awesome about is pulling bands from in-state for the lineup. They're spoiled for choice, as the Triangle is a hotbed of mighty fine music. The Charming Youngsters and their "jangle noise pop" call Durham home, for instance. This gang of five can do dreamy scuzz rather well, and I'm sure they're quite a treat to see live.