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Hopscotch 2017, Day Four in downtown Raleigh - 9/10/2017

Hopscotch Music Festival Day Four Red Hat Amphitheater 9/10/2017
For the first time in the history of Hopscotch, they expanded the festival to a fourth day.  This fourth day would occur at only one venue (Red Hat), and wouldn't run that late (the final act started at 8) was like the musical equivalent to the cooling off period after a vigorous workout.  That's something that people who exercise do, right?  I was pretty damn tired from the events of the last three days, but I wanted to see at least a couple of the bands playing this final day.
When I got there Cloud Nothings were in the middle of their set.  The few recordings I've heard by them have never really moved the needle in either direction, but I'm always up to get a live read on a band I've never seen before.  I had them pegged into a pop-punk/Vagrant records category, but at least on this day they were much louder, noisier, and more chaotic than I would have expected, which was to their bene…

PHOTOS: Hopscotch 2017, Day Three in downtown Raleigh - 9/9/2017

HC McEntire, Kings

Escape-ism, Kings

Bat Fangs, Kings

DiCaprio, Neptunes

Material Girls, Neptunes

All The Saints, Neptunes

Hopscotch 2017, Day Three in downtown Raleigh - 9/9/2017

Hopscotch Music Festival Day Three Downtown Raleigh
I was more excited about the free day parties today than the proper festival line-up  - that meant it was time for daylight rock!  Even better, I never had to leave the same building - between the Merge/OCSC party at Kings and the Chunklet party at Neptunes, my dance card was full. 
Let's cover the Merge party that was upstairs at Kings to start.  The first act I took in was HC McEntire, aka Heather from Mount Moriah.  I've seen her perform solo before and she just went by Heather, so not really sure what the name change is about but [insert that shoulder shrugging emoji here].  Whatever the name, between this gig and two Mount Moriah shows, she was keeping real damn busy at this year's Hopscotch!  If you wanted to argue she has the best voice in all of music, I'm not sure I would disagree.  The whole club kept pretty much silent for the entirety of her performance, which is pretty impressive for a b…

PHOTOS: Hopscotch 2017, Day Two in downtown Raleigh - 9/8/2017

Make-Up, City Plaza

Run The Jewels, Red Hat Amphitheater

Future Islands, City Plaza

Har Mar Superstar, The Basement

Preoccupations, Lincoln Theatre

Afghan Whigs, Lincoln Theatre

Hopscotch 2017, Day Two in downtown Raleigh - 9/8/2017

Hopscotch Music Festival Day Two Downtown Raleigh
I'm pretty sure this was the best day of Hopscotch in the history of the festival.  I don't have any scientific measurements to back up this claim, but never before has the line-up been so stacked with so many bands I love. 

I kicked off my day in City Plaza seeing the Make-Up, the band I was most excited for out of the entire festival.  I got there a few minutes before they started and got a spot right in front, which turned out to be a pretty pivotal in the performance.  I last saw them at the Cat's Cradle back in the mid-nineties, and even back then Ian Svenonius was plenty crazy, but nothing would prepare you for how unhinged he was during this set.  A typical gig for him involves a ton of deranged ranting, screaming, and prowling the stage like a caged tiger, but on this night he spent almost their entire set either in front of the stage, standing on the barrier between the stage and crowd, or fully …

PHOTOS: Hopscotch 2017, Day One in downtown Raleigh - 9/7/2017

Margo Price, City Plaza

All The Saints, The Basement

Cones, Deep South

Pallbearer, CAM

Torche, CAM

Metz, CAM