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.
Louisville lasses Maiden Radio profess to have been playing music together "since 1885," and given their sound that's really not all that far-fetched a statement. After all, their old-time harmonies feel steeped in the aged traditions of deepest Appalachia, giving the ladies a timeless quality. This is the type of music that might just give you goosebumps and strike a chord with something buried deep within.