Monday, September 9, 2013

Hopscotch 2013 weekend recap

Posted By on Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 2:02 PM

J. Spaceman of Spiritualized in the midst of
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  • J. Spaceman of Spiritualized in the midst of "Hey Jane" from the group's latest album, 'Sweet Heart, Sweet Light.' Spiritualized headlined the Raleigh City Plaza outdoor stage at Hopscotch on Sat., Sept. 7.
Raleigh, N.C., played host to the fourth annual Hopscotch music festival Sept. 5-7, setting the stage for a citywide event with a singularly low-pressure atmosphere. Artists as diverse as Thurston Moore, David Grubbs, and Earl Sweatshirt were all over the place, hopping between venues while taking in a well-curated lineup. ATP/Coachella quality headliners were balanced with some seriously heavy hitters of the avant-garde. Stellar shows by the likes of the Breeders, A-Trak, and John Cale took place alongside performances by Spacin,' Endless Boogie, Pere Ubu, Protomartyr, Lonnie Holley, Merzbow, and more.

Artist overlap was only a mild issue since most of the venues are strategically located within a few blocks of each other. As the weekend progressed the crowds grew steadily larger, but the rat race vibe was definitely absent with the weekend headcount clocking in at around 20,000 attendees. Even during Spiritualized's set which closed out the Raleigh City Plaza outdoor stage on Sat., Sept. 7, followed by Sleep laying down riffs of Biblical proportions at the Lincoln Theater, Hopscotch always maintained its even keel.

Japanese noise legend Merzbow gave several performances throughout the weekend as Hopscotch's Improviser in Residence, including collaborations with Thurston Moore, Pere Ubu, Wolf Eyes, and Evoken. On Thurs., Sept. 5, he played a solo set at King's, taking the stage with the presence of a wicked, wicked man, blasting the audience with a harsh, but well-composed set of squelching feedback, noise, and a bottom-heavy grind that shook the building's foundation.
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  • Japanese noise legend Merzbow gave several performances throughout the weekend as Hopscotch's Improviser in Residence, including collaborations with Thurston Moore, Pere Ubu, Wolf Eyes, and Evoken. On Thurs., Sept. 5, he played a solo set at King's. On stage he had the presence of a wicked, wicked man, blasting the audience with a harsh, but well-composed set of squelching feedback, noise, and a bottom-heavy grind that shook the building's foundation.



Folk artist Lonnie Holley performed a handful of sets throughout the weekend. Here, Holley shows off a bit of art that he made on the spot.
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  • Folk artist Lonnie Holley performed a handful of sets throughout the weekend. Here, Holley shows off a bit of art that he made on the spot. "Happy Muley" was pieced together from objects he'd found scattered throughout Little Theatre's Louise "Scottie" Stephenson Amphitheater where he performed on. Sat., Sept. 7.






Tim Daisy (from left) and Ken Vandermark played a midnight at set in the Hive at Busy Bee Cafe on Thurs., Sept. 5.
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  • Tim Daisy (from left) and Ken Vandermark played a midnight at set in the Hive at Busy Bee Cafe on Thurs., Sept. 5.



Pere Ubu's David Thomas (center) collaborating with Merzbow during an encore performance of
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  • Pere Ubu's David Thomas (center) collaborating with Merzbow during an encore performance of "Street Waves" from Pere Ubu's 1978 album, 'The Modern Dance,' at King's on Fri., Sept. 6.



Charlemagne Palestine made the trek from Brussels, Belgium, to perform a midnight set at the Long View Center on Fri., Sept. 6. The venue is essentially a church in which he performed a voice and drone piece, generating tones by rubbing his fingers along the rim of a wine glass, before taking his place behind the piano for a long-sustained piece that evoked moments from his
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  • Charlemagne Palestine made the trek from Brussels, Belgium, to perform a midnight set at the Long View Center on Fri., Sept. 6. The venue is essentially a church in which he performed a voice and drone piece, generating tones by rubbing his fingers along the rim of a wine glass, before taking his place behind the piano for a long-sustained piece that channeled his best known work, "Strumming Music."



Charlemagne Palestine and his backup singers.



Daniel Bachman at the Long View Center on Fri., Sept. 6.
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  • Daniel Bachman at the Long View Center on Fri., Sept. 6.



Protomartyr at Kings. Fri., Sept. 6.



Sonic Youth singer/guitarist Thurston Moore and Chelsea Light Moving/Sunburned Hand of the Man drummer John Moloney played Three Lobed Recordings and WXDUs Hopscotch day party on Fri., Sept. 6. Calling themselves the Caught On Tape Duo, their set began with Ono Soul from Moores 1995 LP 'Psychic Hearts.' But after establishing the song's more recognizable refrain,
  • Chad Radford
  • Sonic Youth singer/guitarist Thurston Moore and Chelsea Light Moving/Sunburned Hand of the Man drummer John Moloney played Three Lobed Recordings and WXDU's Hopscotch day party on Fri., Sept. 6. Calling themselves the Caught On Tape Duo, their set began with "Ono Soul" from Moore's 1995 LP 'Psychic Hearts.' But after establishing the song's more recognizable refrain, "Bow down to the queen of noise," they dove headlong into a free-form bout of feedback, noise, resonance, and distortion.



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