Sounds Of Hopscotch 2018: Charnel Ground

Of all the festivals that exist across the US of A, Hopscotch has to be one of the best. This gem of a festival has a great location (downtown Raleigh), and benefits from seriously strong curation year after year. I've had a great time whenever I've been, and if you're heading down this year you're in for a ton of treats. I've got some suggestions for you, and I hope you'll check these folks out regardless of whether you'll be Hopscotch-ing or not.

If it's gnarly noise you're after, look no further than Charnel Ground. This seasoned trio is a coming together of music vets (Kid Millions of Oneida/Man Forever), James McNew (Yo La Tengo), and Chris Brokaw (Codeine/Come), and together they have a collective penchant for making a rather robust racket. In keeping with their experimental ethos, the band can also color closer to the lines with some fine indie pop undercurrents appearing from time to time. But mostly, it's just noisy. Undoubtedly worth seeing, especially when they get super loud.

Charnel Ground plays Kings on Friday night.

[posted 9.7.18]


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