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.
Perhaps you don't think of Charleston, South Carolina when you think of acid psych lounge noise bands. I can't say I blame you - I didn't, either. But along came ET Anderson. I'm revising my thinking as we speak. This mingling of the minds churns out some rather interesting sounds, working some Beta Band kookiness into some sultry Southern slink and some serious scuzz.